9 Ways to Feel Happier and Fight Stress by Dominique Astorino

Work It Out

Sweat out stress, and amp up endorphins! Exercise of all kinds is a quick and efficient way to give yourself an instant mood boost. Whether it’s a quick at-home workout, a run, a yoga session, or a trip to your favorite boutique studio, it’s a guaranteed way to lift your spirits.

Get Outside

Breathe in some fresh air, and give yourself a break by going outside. Not only can the sunshine and a bit of nature give you a sense of calm, but sunlight can help you with weight loss as well.

Connect With Loved Ones

Stress getting the best of you? Take a break from the hustle and bustle, and take some one-on-one time with a loved one. Whether it’s a parent, child, sibling, best friend, or significant other, some quality time can leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Treat Yourself

Self-care should be a priority, and sometimes that means just eating the chocolate croissant and scheduling the massage. Find a treat — whether it’s a treatment, an experience, or a food — that you’ve been putting off, and take the plunge. You won’t regret it.

Go For a Walk

Get your blood flowing! A little circulation can improve your mood, as can the fresh air (see tip #2).

Meditate

Alleviate stress, and find your center. When the world is whirling around you and you can’t keep up, turn off, take a beat, and meditate. Find a cozy corner, maybe brew up some tea or light some candles, and use a meditation app to guide you through a few minutes (or more!) of peaceful bliss.

Disconnect

It’s time to unplug! Too much screen time can be a source of anxiety and unhappiness. Grab a book or a gratitude journal, and spend some time away from the rest of the world.

Make Some Fresh Food

A fresh, delicious, and nourishing meal might be the perfect way to put a smile on your face. Treat yourself and your body to something fueling that makes you feel great — bonus points if you use stress-reducing ingredients.

Sleep In

If you’ve been feeling crummy, your body might be telling you to catch up on rest. Sleep is the foundation of stress management and a good mood, so carve out a couple extra hours for some solid ZZZs.

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