37 Simple Ways to De-Stress

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Unwind with one of these spirit-lifting ideas from Stephanie McClellan, M.D., and Beth Hamilton, M.D., authors of The Ultimate Stress-Relief Plan for Women: Heal the Destructive Effects of Stress on Your Body.

  • Take a bath with scented oils
  • Get lost in a good book
  • Try a new recipe
  • Take a nap
  • Watch a chick flick
  • Take your dog for a long walk
  • Find water — a beach, lake, river, pond, or stream
  • Pick fruit
  • Talk to a stranger
  • Plant a windowsill herb garden
  • Dance
  • Clean and organize
  • Look at puppies and kittens in a pet store
  • Go to a country fair or street fair
  • Spend time in a bookstore or library
  • Go window-shopping
  • Go to a wine-tasting
  • Plan a minivacation
  • Go to bed early
  • Explore classes you could take
  • Do a crossword puzzle
  • Volunteer
  • Buy fresh flowers
  • Go bird watching
  • Flip through a magazine
  • Organize your photos
  • Catch up with an old friend
  • Go antiquing
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Listen to great music
  • Call a friend
  • Visit a botanical garden
  • Exercise
  • Give yourself a facial
  • Go to the zoo
  • Help someone
  • Look at art in a book, gallery, or museum

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