15 Stress Relieving Activities to Do At Home For Free (That Aren’t Drinking Wine)

With Corona Virus upon us, I wanted to create this list of 15 stress relieving activities to do at home for all of you. Being forced to stay inside with nothing but the news and uncertainty that it brings, can be extremely stress inducing. Especially if you, like me have a history of anxiety or depression or both. While I know it can be tempting to just sit and drink ALL the wine, here are some healthier alternatives!! I know a lot of us are also very worried about our financial futures right now as well, so I wanted to keep everything on this list “healthy” for our wallets as well. Everything on here won’t cost you anything! The best stress reliever is to be kind to one another and help each other out! My hope this that this list is able to help some of you!

Practice Gratitude

Gratitude and fear cannot coexist. It’s that simple, we all have things to be fearful of, but we all also things to be grateful for. The choice is yours, which one you allow to take over. Make the choice to let gratitude win. It’s really simple, just think about all the good things in your life and write them down.

  • I am grateful for my loving supportive fiance and fur baby Gia.
  • I am grateful that we a year ago we moved out of super tiny cramped apartment into a bigger apartment that is filled with light and high ceilings.
  • I am grateful that we have resources like phones, text and facetime to instantly be able to check in with loved ones, especially when they are far from us or we can’t physically be near them.
  • I am grateful that I get to share all this information with all of you and might have a positive impact on someone elses day or life.

And just keep writing or saying it aloud until you feel better.

15 stress relieving activities maya angalou quote nothing dim the light that shines from within
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Write, Write, Write

This is a technique I learned to do back when I was a Standup comic. Anxiety often comes from all of these thoughts bouncing around head with no where to go. Pick up a pen, put it to the paper write whatever comes out, even if it doesn’t make sense. Just keep going, you don’t even need to read it. Then when you are done, take a deep breathe and leave it all on the page, and you’ll feel instantly lighter.

Catch Up with Loved Ones

This one is so important! Just because we can’t physically be near each other doesn’t mean we can’t stay in touch with the people we love. Grandparents, parents, people who are alone. Make sure you reach out, have a conversation about a good time in the past, let them know that you are there for them. I guarantee it will make you both a little less stressed to know you’re not in this alone, none of us are!

Below is a picture of a son, who visits his Dad at the assisted living facility and talks to him on the phone while he can see him through the window, to make sure he doesn’t risk exposing him to the coronavirus. Porving with a little creativity you can still show you for your loved ones, without being physically there.

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Laugh

Laughter is the best medicine, and that’s probably even more true when it comes to healing from stress. Watch a funny movie, watch some stand up comedy on Netflix, read a funny story, get on facetime with your young niece or nephew and ask them to tell you a funny story. Here are some resources to stream funny stuff!

Comment your favorite movie, show or comedy special below!

Play A game

Games reduce stress for a variety of reasons. “Best life” has a whole bunch of reasons here. They distract you from the current problem at hand, they can get you active, they can make you laugh (see above). Playing games also allows the mind to wander, this is a key component of reducing anxiety and stress.

Get Creative

Same as playing games sometimes you just need to distract yourself. Is there a crafting project you wanted to do but didn’t have time? Well now you have ALL the time!

  • Good Housekeepings list of the top crafting projects you an do with things around your house.
  • Crafts by Amanda has a list of crafts with Adult here.

Get or Give a Massage

Our muscles physically hold onto tension, and massage is a great a way to release that stress and tension. Why not offer a give one get one deal with your partner, so you can both reap the benefits? You can also always use something like a lacrosse ball, or foam roller to help release muscle tension on your own.

15 stress relieving activities foam roll massage tension relief
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Take a Bath

Light a candle , relax, soak in some Epson salt and let your troubles melt away. According to Healthline, your body releases endorphines (your feel good happy hormones) in warm water the same way your body does when you experience the warmth from the sun.

stress relief beautiful bath tub with Chandler white marble
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Exercise

Movement is critical in this list of 15 Stress Relieving Activities, but many of us are used to getting that movement from being out and about or going to the gym! Have no fear, there are plenty of body weight exercises that you will strengthen, tone and even give you cardio benefits all right from your living room! Check out these resources below 🙂

  • Rumble Boxing @DoYouRumble is doing free workouts on their Instagram Live Each Day during the Gym Shutdown.
  • Fitness Blender is a husband and wife duo that has free full length classes online no equipment necessary.
  • Sweaty Betty Another great resource for free workouts.

Read a Book

Let you mind wander, as you drift into a world of fantasy, mystery, romance or sci-fi. Here are some of my favorite book club picks.

Make Yourself Some Tea

Some studies have shown that a single cup of tea can reduce stress levels by as much as 20%. That’s a lot of stress relief! The best kinds to help alleviate stress? Peppermint, camomile and lemon balm. Also try my Turmeric Ginger Tonic, it is a great stress reliving drink!

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My Ginger Tumeric Tonic

Declutter your Space

A recent study by UCLA found that people who lived in homes they described as “cluttered” reported significant more anxiety than those that did not. Don’t know where to start? Here are 20 Easy Decluttering tips from Good House Keeping.

15 stress relieving activities declutter space before and after laundry room
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Volunteer

I know what you are thinking, this is supposed to be 15 Stress Relieving Activities FROM HOME!! You can still volunteer you just need to get creative. Do you have any skills that you can volunteer? Maybe you’re great with graphic design, help a local charity make some posters for their next event. Promote a local cause on social media to help them gain reach with a wider audience. Think outside the box and you can really help your community.

Play with your Pets (or Kids)

Petting our furry friends has been shown to reduce blood pressure. I know when I’m stressed, a game of fetch or tug of war with my fur baby definitely takes my mind of whatever else is going on.

15 stress relieving activities playing with dog fetch

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