7 Activities for Stress Management When You Feel Overwhelmed

7 Activities for Stress Management When You Feel Overwhelmed

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Life Is Stressful

Between working, raising a family, and today’s current events, it’s no wonder we’re stressed out!

Did you know that too much stress has a negative impact on our mental AND physical health?

Too much stress can actually weaken our immune systems and make us more prone to diseases. Plus, stress leads to weight gain, poor sleep, and increased risk of anxiety or depression.

Learn how to prioritize your health and manage your stress with these simple and effective activities for stress management.

Activities for Stress Management

Stress Relief Activities

These 7 activities for stress management will help you remain calm when you feel overwhelmed or exhausted.

  1. Exercise
  2. Deep Breathing
  3. Meditation/ Calm App
  4. Laugh
  5. Go Outdoors
  6. Journal or Draw
  7. Essential Oils


Exercise has been proven time and time again to be essential for mental and physical health.

When we exercise, endorphins are released into our bloodstream. Endorphins are the “feel good” hormones that make you feel happy and energetic.

Now, if you are reading this, you likely do not have 2 hours a day to commit to going to a fitness class or going to the gym.

Exercise does not have to be a huge time commitment. Simply going for a walk, dancing around the kitchen, doing some burpees and jumping jacks while your kids play.

Anything that elevates your heart rate releases the endorphins. Remember, every little bit helps and provides benefits.

If you’re new to exercise, read my favorite YouTube channels to sneak in a quick workout from home.

Deep Breathing

If you’ve ever attended a yoga class, you understand exactly how powerful deep diaphragmatic breathing can be. This is such an easy practice to apply in any situation that you feel stressed or anxious.

Breathe in deeply until air expands your belly. Hold your breath, count to five slowly and then release all of the air. You can do this as many times as you need to until you are feeling calm and relaxed.

This exercise has been shown to be beneficial by giving a boost of energy and clarity. Deep breathing increases oxygen flow to the brain and helps you feel relaxed almost instantly.

Also, you can practice deep breathing at any time and any place.

Meditation/ Calm App

The Calm App is a powerful tool to unwind at the end of the day or any time you feel stressed or anxious.

Also, the Calm App is helpful if you have problems sleeping. This app is so relaxing from the moment you open it when it tells you to “take a deep breath”.

Calm has several different features including meditation activities, sleep stories, and relaxing music. This app is extremely user-friendly and effective.

Get Outdoors

Sometimes 5 to 10 minutes outside in the fresh air does wonders for your mood. Even in the dead of winter when it is cold out, bundle up and get some fresh air.

Studies have found that walking outdoors reduces activity in the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is overactive when you are worried and overthinking. Essentially, going outside helps calm your mind and reduce worry.

Additionally, sun exposure increases the vitamin D level in your blood. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to depression.

This makes sense because many times during the long grey winters, we tend to have less energy and feel down. Supplement your vitamin D for a boost in mood and energy.


The simple activity of laughter has been proven to instantly improve your mood. Laughing releases endorphins and reduces stress hormones (cortisol and epinephrine).

Although, when you are stressed or worried you may not be in a fun or lighthearted mood. You can try to watch a funny clip on YouTube or read some jokes.

Watch a clip from your favorite sitcom or comedian. Anything to make you laugh and reduce tension is effective.

Journal or Draw

Erin Condren Brave Journal
Erin Condren’s Journal

If you are feeling very overwhelmed and have a lot on your mind, journaling or drawing are excellent activities to help.

By putting your thoughts on paper, you are no longer burdened with them in your mind constantly.

Writing to-do lists or journaling when you feel very busy and stressed is very helpful. This allows you to stop focusing on the fear of forgetting something important. It is now concrete and you can stop worrying about it.

Journaling is also a great way to express yourself and write down your frustrations, stressors, or worries.

This is a very good outlet that you don’t need to share with anybody. You can write freely without fear of upsetting anybody or any judgment.

Essential Oils

There are many essential oils that help with stress management. Lavender is one commonly used oil that is versatile and calming.

When purchasing essential oils, make sure to investigate the reputation of the company prior to buying. Not all oils are made alike since they are not regulated by the FDA.

I personally use Simply Earth Essential Oils because their quality has been backed by ongoing research and quality control measures.

Simply Earth makes a Stress Away Blend that is a compilation of various relaxing oil to create a peaceful and calming aroma.

Make Time for Yourself

Remember, if you do not take care of your own well-being, how are you going to be able to care for others.

It is essential to carve out 15 minutes or more a day to take care of yourself so you can be the best role model for your children. Parenting is hard and everybody deserves a break and time to relax every day.

There are so many other ways to manage stress as well.

Sign up below to access a free printable stress management PDF with 30 additional activities to reduce stress!

Print this and hang it on your refrigerator or keep on your bedside table for easy visibility when you need it the most.

Stress can hit you at any time, so it’s important to be prepared with an emergency stress relief kit. Read more about how to prepare your stress relief kit so you’re ready no matter where stress hits.

Also, join my free Facebook Group, Healthy and Happy Mamas, to join a supportive group for moms who want to live a healthier lifestyle and prioritize their health.

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Activities for stress management
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