101 Ways to Manage Stress

Upon arrival to my year-long dietetic internship they handed us a survival kit filled with little tips and tricks for getting through the program. For those that don’t know, after doing either your undergrad or grad courses in nutrition, you do an accredited internship before you can sit for the RD exam. This internship is an intense 10-12 month program and I welcomed a survival kit to prepare me for what was ahead!

One thing that stuck out was a list of 101 ways to manage stress that I wanted to reprint here. Some of these tips can be very helpful for reducing stress in your everyday life, which is important to your overall health. Stress can affect your mood, digestive health, immune system, sleep and eating habits, put you at risk for colds and infections, and increase your risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and depression. While severe stress is best handled through a team approach, everyday stress can be minimized with small changes that can make a big difference. You might not relate to all of the recommendations in this list, but choose 3-4 to start and see if you notice a difference after incorporating them into your day.

  • Take 10 deep breaths
  • Visualize a relaxing scene
  • Learn to say no
  • Stay clutter-free
  • Read good books
  • Stretch
  • Write in a journal
  • Try yoga
  • Laugh often
  • Watch clouds go by
  • Read a magazine
  • Believe in yourself
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Get some fresh air
  • Hug someone
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Watch a movie
  • Seek out positive people
  • Make to-do lists
  • Take a brisk walk
  • Stargaze
  • Make a cup of herbal tea
  • Put your feet up
  • Enjoy a hobby
  • Confront your feelings
  • Exercise
  • Plan ahead
  • Talk with a friend
  • Dance
  • Laugh at yourself
  • Count your blessings
  • Be silly
  • Set realistic goals
  • Sing
  • Think positively
  • Squeeze a stress ball
  • Eat right
  • Take a nap
  • Walk away
  • Vary your routine
  • Play with children
  • Get a massage
  • Ask for help
  • Find a quiet spot to relax
  • Take regular breaks
  • Listen to soothing music
  • See problems as challenges
  • Smile
  • Play a sport
  • Be faithful
  • Avoid caffeine and tobacco
  • Eat breakfast
  • Cry if necessary
  • Be flexible
  • Don’t procrastinate
  • Wear earplugs when it is noisy
  • Buy fresh flowers
  • Spend time with loved ones
  • Celebrate Life
  • Do one task at a time
  • Meditate
  • Plant a garden
  • Avoid distractions
  • Budget time and money
  • Share jokes
  • Play games with friends
  • Look at the big picture
  • Get up earlier
  • Set limits
  • Express your feelings
  • Treat yourself to a gift
  • Simplify your life
  • Reflect on your joys
  • Punch a pillow
  • Go out to lunch
  • Don’t dwell on the past
  • Play with a pet
  • Go to the park
  • Soak in the tub
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Forgive and forget
  • Delegate work
  • Love others
  • Have plants at work and home
  • Daydream
  • Bake a special treat
  • Savor meals
  • Look at old photos
  • Take a vacation
  • Fly a kite
  • Learn something new
  • Volunteer
  • Go out for frozen yogurt
  • Join a group
  • Rub your neck and shoulders
  • Take the bus or carpool
  • Have a picnic
  • Recognize beauty around you
  • Take it one day at a time
  • Make someone smile :)

How do you manage your stress?

2 thoughts on “101 Ways to Manage Stress

  1. OMG I can’t believe anyone could come up with so many de-stressors, but you did. They are all amazing. Well, I planted my mini garden and my legs are up right now petting my dog. I am on my way. I am saving this fabulous list!! Thanks so much.

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