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10 Stress Reducing Activities

By Amie Allanson-Dundon, MS, LPC, CAADC, CCDP-D, CFAS, CCTP, Network Director, Clinical Therapy Services

Stress and anxiety are a normal part of the human experience. Let’s face it, we’ve all had our fair share of heightened worry over the past few years thanks to a global pandemic. Sometimes, stress and anxiety actually help us; they propel us into positive action and facilitate positive change. There are times, however, when stress, worry, and anxiety rent space in our heads and keep us stuck in a negative and scary place.

When you feel like your stress has control over you, rather than you having control over it, it may be time to make some personal changes. Try to make changes when you are feeling good so that they become habits and can be used as coping skills when your anxiety feels heavy. Here are 10 strategies to help reduce your stress:

  • Exercise
  • Deep Breathing
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Writing in a Journal
  • Watching Your Caffeine Intake
  • Getting Enough Sleep
  • Talking to a Loved One
  • Labeling Your Emotions
  • Talking to a Therapist

If you are thinking about talking to a professional about your mental health, your primary care physician is often a great person to speak with. And St. Luke’s Penn Foundation is always here to help. Remember, your mental and physical health do go hand-in-hand, so it’s important to take care of both. Learn more at