Stress. Everyone deals with it. And while there’s no guaranteed cure-all, there are plenty of little things you can do for yourself that will bring those stress levels down to a more manageable level. Give a few of these a try and reap the benefits.

Give Yourself a Little Extra Time.

What a difference 15 minutes can make. Set the alarm just a quarter of an hour earlier than usual, and you’ll be amazed at how much less hurried you’ll feel. Savor that cup of coffee, flip through a magazine and actually enjoy your morning.


Whether it’s yoga, jogging or just a brisk walk, a little physical activity can go a long ways to shake out stress. Of course, exercise enhances your overall health, but it also delivers a powerful shot of endorphins, resulting in a truly natural high. It also lets you focus on a single task, getting your mind off your worries.

Take a Lunch Break.

We’re talking about a real lunch break – away from your desk. Just get up and get out of the office for 20 minutes. Find a sunny spot to eat your sandwich and watch the world go by. When you return, you’ll feel refreshed and de-stressed.

Talk It Out.

Overwhelmed? It happens. A great way to battle stress is to get it all off your chest. Find a loved one and put all your worries, your struggles and your fears on the table. It’ll remind you that you’re not alone, and you’ll most likely get some great advice. Just be sure to return the favor!


Step away from the computer! Hide your smartphone! Facebook can wait. Twitter can wait. Gmail can wait. Detox from the digital world for a little while each day and escape from all those screens. Trust us – you won’t miss anything important, and you’ll give your brain a much-needed rest from the pressures of 21st century technology.

Get a Massage.

Treat yourself! Massages have been a tried-and-true stress reliever for thousands of years. It’s a way to ease sore muscles and joints, of course, but a massage can also help alleviate anxiety, headaches and stress-related insomnia. Check out some of Travaasa Austin’s many massage options to get inspired.