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28 Ways to Relieve Stress for a Happier Life


aimee song of song of style shares ways to relieve stressA few weeks ago I posted a video on my YouTube channel where I opened up about my struggles with bullying growing up and with feeling depressed and alone. The outpouring support was really overwhelming. Not only were you guys incredibly supportive, which made me feel so much less alone, I was shocked by the number of my peers who said that they experience the same thing. Starting a conversation about mental health is important, but even more important is continuing the conversation. I know that for myself, I feel most down when my stress levels are high. I recently read an article on Buzzfeed about 101 Ways to Destress, and it had some really great ways that I definitely use, as well as some new ones that I never thought of! I also have some of my own ways to relieve stress though, and me and the team came up with our own list! Hopefully this helps you!

aimee song of song of style shares ways to relieve stress1. My number one way to relieve stress and feel better is to talk about whatever the problem is. Let it out. Whether you talk to someone you know or a stranger, your mom or your dad, just talk about it. Honestly, even setting up the camera in my room and talking to myself helped me. I was never even planning on posting the video that I filmed, but I realized that saying things out loud really helps.
2. Waking up early and naming my alarms with positive things so that the first thing I see in the morning puts me in a good mood. Even something as dreadful as the alarm clock becomes positive. My first alarm is called “5 Things You’re Grateful For” so that I think of them right when I wake up.
3. Taking the dogs out and seeing the sun. Even if it’s just letting them out in the yard.
4. Spending face to face time with loved ones. Even if it’s just sitting on the couch watching Netflix.
5. Eating healthy. I am not a great cook (trying to learn, but it’s a slow process), but when I can make myself a healthy meal and it actually tastes good, I get so happy!
6. Working out! I used to haaaaate working out, but lately I’ve actually been loving it and it’s such a good way to relieve stress! I like to do hot pilates, or yoga, and Nicholas and I do dance classes sometimes which is so fun!
7. Listening to music. I just got a Sonos system in my house so I can play all of my favorite music in every room of my house!
8. Reading inspirational books. Some of my favorites are The Book of Awakening, Happiness Project, and You Are A Badass.
aimee song of song of style shares ways to relieve stress 9. Bike riding puts such an instant smile on my face that my cheeks start to hurt after a while
10. I asked Jacopo and he says he plays with a tennis ball, just squeezing it like a stress ball or bouncing it on the floor.
11. Sleep it off. Every time I wake up, I feel less angry or stressed about whatever was was bothering me.
12. Hiking and being surrounded by nature is another way that makes me feel better.
aimee song of song of style shares ways to relieve stress13. Go for ice cream. Just stop what you’re doing and go get ice cream. Can’t think of a better way to relieve stress than ice cream.
14. Cut out negative people. Have a good group of friends that you can go to. It’s more about quality over quantity with the people you keep close to you because you are who you hang out with and energy is contagious. I try really hard to only surround myself with people who have positive energy.
15. Call your friends that you don’t get to see all the time. Facetime them. One person I know I can always call is my friend Cubby who lives in New York.
16. Go see a movie by myself. When I was in HS I used to movie hop with Dani, but don’t say I told you to do that! We’d spend they whole day in the theater for like $10
18. Play with puppies. Go to a place where there are rescue dogs and just play with them. I read an article about kindergarteners that read to puppies to practice reading so that’s an option too! Puppies relieve stress–that’s just a fact.
19. Talk to older people and just listen to their stories. You might get some really good advice and insight into life. Just start a conversation!
20. Volunteer. I used to foster dogs, but I don’t have the time anymore since I’m traveling so much recently, but there are so many other ways to help out in your community and you’ll feel so much better afterwards.

21. I like to drive somewhere with a good view of the city. Bonus points if it’s sunset.
22. I also do a social media cleanse. I just delete all the apps and only focus on myself and don’t care about what other people are doing.

23. Sit and watch TV and do nothing at all.
24. Rollerblading. It’s so fun and actually a great exercise!
25. I like to go shopping (retail therapy), but Aimee said that stresses her out even more..
26. Put headphones in and just walk around outside. I end up at Whole Foods a lot.

27. Make art. I love to paint!aimee song of song of style shares ways to relieve stress

27. Take a hot shower and just sit there with music on.
28. Watching TV helps me too. I love the stand up comedians on Netflix!


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  1. May I simply just say what a relief to discover someone that actually knows what they are talking about online. You actually know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people ought to look at this and understand this side of the story. It’s surprising you aren’t more popular given that you definitely possess the gift.

  2. I watched your video on youtube and I was a bit surprised because I was expecting a lavish Paris video. But it was so appreciated because based on your Instagram, you live such an amazing life and you have such amazing people around you. So not sure what you’re going through, but it was heartwarming to know that you go through the same struggles as most people. And this list is great, especially the book rec’s! As always, thanks for being genuine and real. :) And you mentioned one time on Insta that time resolves everything and that was so profound for me because it’s absolutely true!

  3. This is such a helpful post. I’ve been working alleviating my anxiety and I actually do a lot on this list help me feel better. Something that I’ve learned from my favorite podcast, “Anxiety Slayer” is the importance of breath (and a long exhale). They teach:

    Breathe in for 4, hold for 2 and release for 7.

    It’s amazing! They say to practice this when you’re stressed and also when you’re well to create an every day habit. I’ve found it really helpful. Hope you all do too!

  4. Love all the ideas mentioned here. Talking about it always makes me feel better. Sleeping does wonders as well. Aww the thought of kindergartners reading to puppies is so adorable! xx

  5. Thank you for sharing those useful thoughts! For me worked so well the walking time in the park and talking to people. Actually talking about positive things! Oh, yes reject negative people!

  6. Stress can be a combination of our perception of events and the way that our body reacts to them. Causes can be work issues, difficulties, challenges, obstacles, papers, deadlines, test, performances, family problems, and athletic events are a few that situations that can promote stress.This is where yoga comes in. Yoga has been known and proven to reduce the physical effects of stress in the body. This is one of the main reasons why people practice yoga. After yoga sessions, they find themselves much more relaxed and stress-free.Breathing practices from yoga also help reduce stress, especially for the mind. The breathing techniques calm the mind and help you focus on the present moment. Yoga teaches us to breathe slowly and deeply. During stressful situations, breathing tends to be shallow and rapid. By changing our pattern of breathing, we can make a big difference in the way our body responds to stress. No matter where you accumulate your stress from, yoga is the best way to reduce it and help you live a longer and healthier life.

  7. MyHanh says on July 31, 2017

    My husband and I got hooked on the Food Network Show CHOPPED. We even went on a tour of the judges’ restaurants in NY! Anyway, watching the judges critique dishes taught us how to cook better. For example, they’ll talk about how acidity or something fresh is missing to a too-salty or heavy dish; or adding texture to make a dish more balanced. I guess in writing this, it is like putting an outfit together!! :) Plus, it’s an entertaining show! Good luck!

  8. These are all such helpful suggestions, Aimee. Today, more than ever, so many of us are looking for ways to combat stress because well, life is extremely stressful these days, haha. It’s always great to know what works for others, so you can implement some of those techniques. I find taking about what’s bothering me really helpful and though it sounds crazy, I don’t record myself, I just simply talk to myself, but not in public though ;) Haha! Anyway, thanks for sharing, girl, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



  9. Such an inspiring and helpful post, I think many of us suffer from anxiety, including myself. With the amount of stress that piles up sometimes it does get hard to wind down and take some time off ! But when I do end up doing things that I love I feel so much better!
    hiking, going to concerts, traveling, being around family/friends , and being surrounded by nature are things that help me destress and appreciate life so much more :)


  10. This was so helpful. I can be kind of a workaholic, so I have a hard time finding ways to destress, and sometimes just find myself running around doing chores when I am supposed to be relaxing. I especially think making reminder notes sounds like a great idea :)

    xoKaelen | 

  11. Darling you opened up about how you were bullied and it
    spoke to me . As a confirmed sissy boy I was bullied, tormented and beaten down to the point where I was suicidal.! Speaking out about mental health is so important.
    I am concerned that under Trump , Americans will lose access to much needed mental health support, speak out , standup to bullies , as your country becomes a bullying nation. Thanks for the opportunity to share , love Trumps hate . Love ❤️ the gayest Canadian!
    Dress The Part

  12. Judith says on July 31, 2017

    The beauty of the ocean. Anytime. To touch nature everyday. To create Beauty everywhere. And Meditation. Anywhere. I turn my attention to God, ot Love. Or peace. Whatever u want to say., say it., as u close ur eyes. And bless it all. And let go. Who knew the soul needed feeding? x, judith

  13. This so so true. Yesterday, me and my husband rented some bikes and biked around New York for the whole afternoon. I can’t tell you how happy and free I felt (even though my butt hurts). It’s such a big deal to just go out and bike through. I’m a firm believer in most of the points you wrote and how they play an important role in getting your head clear and ready for the next round of life.


  14. Jenna says on July 31, 2017

    I love this! I have been following your Instagram for a while now and you have quickly become my favorite insta- blogger! I also subscribe to your YouTube and can relate to your recent video discussing hard times as I am currently a senior in high school and have a lot of things going on right now! I just subscribed to your blog today and this was the first post I saw which really hit me with positive vibes. Thank you for this post i think it will really help me distress and just be more happy! You rock Aimee Song! xo Jenna

  15. I love this! I love how artistic your blog is, too! You’re so pretty and stylish– I adore that fun top in the pic with the sunflowers! I heard those therapy dogs the kindergartners read to will also be in colleges to help students practice for big presentations! LOL- so fun/cute! My dogs would probably fall asleep if I started talking to them.. just because they looooove to nap. :) Thanks for sharing!! Love your blog. Also, super smart idea about naming your alarms!!