Feeling stressed out? These 15 daily habits will help you reduce stress and ultimately lower your anxiety level.

Lately I’ve been feeling so stressed out, and it’s causing anxiety and minor health problems, such as over-eating, delayed periods and shortness of breath. I know I’m not alone in this; in compiling research for my book, many of you stated that dealing with stress and working to find balance is one of your greatest struggles.

I’m here to try and help you ease a little of that stress today by incorporating small daily habits.

I’ve been working hard at practicing these daily habits myself, and am hoping that you will join me so we can both make small changes to better our lives.  This list is organized by habits you can pick up as soon as you wake up, during the day, and before bed time.


1.) Practice gratitude

Practicing gratitude helps us remember what is truly important in life. Or if you’re like me, start a Gratitude Jar!

2.) Read one chapter of a self-help book

The key is to do a little light reading before you start your day to inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Books I would highly recommend include both On Becoming Fearless and Thrive by Arianna Huffington.

3.) Sweat it out

Sometimes, just getting my workout over with in the beginning of my day relieves stress because I don’t have to think about it! Also, you’ll get those endorphins going- which will make you feel calmer and happier throughout your day.

4.) Drink some tea

Studies have proven that drinking tea in the morning, such as Green Tea, not only provides the caffeine you need to jumpstart your day, but it’s also great for your immune system. Perhaps swap out the coffee for tea.

5.) Envision what you hope to accomplish for the day

Sometimes I don’t like using the word “meditate” because it scares people. But essentially, if you are taking some time out of your day to simply think in peace, you are meditating. Positive thoughts go a long way. Take a moment to simply think about what you hope to accomplish throughout your day, and envision yourself getting the things done that you need to.


6.) Stick to a cleaneating meal-plan

Putting healthy foods in your body will do the hard work for you. You won’t feel as agitated, bloated, and guilty if you consume the right things. If possible, try to plan out your meals for the day, and stick to a healthy eating regimen. Allow yourself one cheat meal a week. (Or if you’re like me, start with 3 cheat meals a week, and work your way up ;))

7.) Clean as you go

I’m always baffled how I can clean my home and then just a week later, it’s already a mess. Like- how does this happen?!! It’s usually because I’m not cleaning up as I go. Simply putting things away after you use them and cleaning up after each meal makes a huge difference. When you are finished with your morning coffee (or tea!) wash the dish right away. Fold your laundry as soon as it’s fresh from the dryer (and put the clothes away!) Little habits like this can go a long way.

8.) Deep breathing

When you feel yourself start to get worked up, it’s amazing what 5 deep breaths can do for yourself. See for yourself; go ahead and try it right now! Breathe in…….and out. Repeat 5 times. Deep breathing releases oxygen into your brain, allowing you to think clearer and calm yourself.

9.) De-Clutterize your space

It might be just because I’m Type A, but working in a cluttered area adds on unnecessary stress to my day. File away papers that you don’t need at the moment. Put away your clothes if they are sitting out. Keep your desk a space for work, not stress.

10.) Take time to stop and smell the roses

Literally! Don’t take the little moments in life for grated. Slow down and enjoy the beauty around you. It puts life back into perspective!


11.) Journal

Insomnia used to be such a problem for me in college, but luckily, it’s much better now. I can’t fall asleep if my mind is racing a million miles an hour. Sometimes just getting those thoughts out on paper can make a huge difference and help you sleep better. This is one of my favorite  journals; isn’t it the cutest?

12.) Turn the electronic devices off an hour before bed

I know that I’m slowly killing myself when I check my email before bed. Just like that; I’m instantly wired and can’t sleep. Likewise, checking Facebook or Instagram right before I hit the bed alerts me as well.

13.) Go for a short walk

Going for a walk after dinner helps metabolize your food and gives you some space to clear your head before you start to unwind for the night. This was actually one of the daily tasks I challenged myself to this summer to live more intentionally.

14.) Learn when to give it up

I tend to feel much more stressed out when I have a raging to-do list mocking me. Lately I’ve been incorporating a strategy that has helped me SO MUCH, and it’s just a tiny habit. Essentially, I’ve learned when to give it up.

For example, early this spring I made a whole list of house projects I was going to finish over the summer. I made a plan of completing one project a week. The first few week of summer, I had so much anxiety over that STUPID list. Just last week, I decided to crumble up the list and throw it in the garbage. The truth is that I’m too busy to have my house look immaculate and fixed up right now, and throwing away that list was so empowering. I learned when to give it up and GET REAL. #yolo

15.) Get to bed earlier! 

Seriously peeps, let’s get real. We all need more sleep. Go to bed half an hour earlier. You’ll thank me in the morning.

Hopefully, incorporating little habits into your day can help relieve some stress. Try these out!
What do YOU do when you need to relieve stress? Leave me a comment below!

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  • Kate Ohlwein

    I love the idea of making these awesome tips daily habits. I definitely need to clean as I go!
    Have you every read You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero? I heard about it from Marissa Lace and it gets me inspired every time I read it!

    • No!!! But it looks awesome! I’ll put it on my list!!!

  • Greta Hollar

    Great tips! Exercise is how I handle stress. That and lots of chocolate :).

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • Same here, oh how could I forget about chocolate?!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    I definitely have to run or sweat it out to get my stress out. It’s something I won’t give up in my day, no matter what! Makes me feel alive :)

    • Same here girl. I took a break from exercising for awhile and I could really feel the difference when I started back up again. More than anything, it was great for my anxiety and stress.

  • Tanuj Chaturvedi

    Nice tips! I do follow some of them and it helps!

  • I’ve been trying to incorporate reading 1 chapter of self help a day. It’s not easy but so worth it!

  • YES! YES to them all!!

  • Amelie

    I’m definitely going to have to try those tips out! I’m taking a summer semester and between college and my part-time job, I’m beginning to lose my mind a little bit. Hopefully these habits will help me relax!

    Amelie | http://awanderersadventures.wordpress.com

    • You got this girl! I’ve been super busy as well. Be sure to get lots of sleep and eat healthy! (Easier said than done.) Your body will thank you later!

  • Melissa Blake

    Definitely need this for the weekend! Thank you! xoxo

    Melissa | So About What I Said

  • I love finding the things to be grateful for, because there truly is SO much!

    • :) Yes, and it really helps put life into perspective!

  • Nazrin Miah

    Saved & added to bookmarks! Lord knows I need this list during that time of month! We all know that time ladies!

    • Yay! Hope these tips help!! XO

  • Great tips! I’ve been so busy lately my space has gotten pretty cluttered. Hoping to fix that this weekend!

    • It can be so hard to concentrate in a cluttered space!

  • I need to get better about doing more in the morning. Even when I go to bed early I just find it so hard to get up! And the cleaning thing too – I get so stressed by how quickly my house gets messy!

    • I know, tell me about it! Simple steps go a long way (:

  • I totally agree! The first is what I do. I journal, blog, just write down my feelings. Wonderful suggestions, I will have to give some of these a try next time I’m stressing out.


    • It’s so great that you write down you thoughts to help sort them out. Always keep up with that habit; it will help you go far!

  • Candy Kage

    Going for a walk is always first on my list of what to do.

    • Same here. So refreshinf and rejuvenating.

  • Jessica Hughes

    I love these, they don’t take alot of time but can make a huge difference.

    • For sure. Thanks for reading, Jessica!

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    This is for reals a legit list I love the chapter of a self-help book, and gratitude. Nicely curated!

  • JeeYoung

    This is a great list! Working out definitely helps me!

    • I think it helps everyone. The hard part is getting yourself to work out when you don’t feel motivated!

  • Stephanie

    I’ve found #14 and 15 the hardest ones for me to implement, but this list has inspired me to try again! Thanks for a great read!

    • You can do it girl. Get some sleep!

  • Neely

    tea and exercise for sure!

  • Brittany

    I really need to work on the deep breathing aspect! Sometimes I forget to breathe all together! lol

    • It can be a struggle! I struggle with it as well.

  • I really love these! Tea, exercise, and breathing are my top choices!

    • Thanks so much for reading. I’ll admit that I’m not the best with the breathing but I do try.

  • This is a great list and I love how you broke it up by time of day.

    • Thanks. I tried to make it as applicable as possible!

  • ashley

    These are good! I love reading self help type books! I need to start walking more and drinking my hot green teas again!

    • Speaking of walking, I should really go for one right now! Thanks for stopping by!

  • I make early bedtimes and cleaning as I go rather than letting all the cleaning pile up at once into regular habits–and I’ve become very grateful for those habits because I know they help me a lot!

  • Boxwood Avenue

    Writing down grateful tidbits is such a good way to relieve stress! Living with a thankful heart is always calming :)

    • Yes ma’am. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Amanda K

    There are all great tips! To help prevent stress I always write down a list of things that need done for the day.

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

    • Same here. I couldn’t do it without my to-do lists!

  • Mimi Rose

    Yes!! I’m loving these tips! Gratitude journals and meditation are the best for me for keeping my stress levels down. I think it’s all about gaining some perspective sometimes. :)

    • Awesome that you put life into perspective and practice being mindful (:

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Ahhhh these are cute excellent tips, love! I need to stop & smell the roses WAY more often xx adaatude.com

    • Yeah girl! Slow down and appreciate life more (:

  • Aileen (Aileen Cooks)

    I really need to work on number 12! I keep my phone by my bed in case I need to dial 911, but there is no reason why the phone needs to be on. Thanks for the tips.

    • That’s actually a really great point. Maybe even keep it on in case of emergencies, but just learn the willpower to leave it alone! haha

  • SLEEP! Yes! Sleep has such a huge affect on us and we often don’t realize it! So true!

    • Sleep is sooooo important . <3

  • Great tips babe, totally doable and makes for a better lifestyle for sure! I really need to learn when to give up, its the hardest thing to do for me. Have a great week ahead love :)
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Same here, the struggle is so real! But you’ll feel so much more freeing when you do. Have a great week, love!

  • Great tips! Sleeping and working out are my #1 stress relievers. I have been trying not to stress so much lately. Work has been kicking my butt. I hope things get a little less stressful for you soon!

    • Thanks girl! I think things will never NOT be stressful…we just have to learn how to deal (:

  • I so needed this post. Thank you! :)

  • Such great habits! I try to journal every day – it helps me so much!


    • Isn’t it a lifesaver?! I love journaling! Thanks for stopping by, Heidi!

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  • Amanda Smith

    Hi Chelsea! I love this post. I’m particularly obsessed with 2, 7, and 14. My favorite way to spend my morning commute is by reading a self help book because it sets such an inspirational tone for the day. Clean as you go… So true! Way too often I find myself ‘cleaning my house’ when I know I don’t have to if only I would stay on top of it. 14 resonates with me the most. And to be honest, I need to work on it more. It’s hard to go to bed without stressing over all that didn’t get done. Thank you for this reminder. I wrote an article on How to Manage stress too but it’s very different. I would so appreciate you checking it out! http://www.testingforthebestthing.com/manage-stress-overwhelm-life/


    • Hi Amanda! Thanks so much for your comment, I am glad you enjoyed the post! Yeah…I’m a clean freak, what can I say! I just can’t concentrate with a messy house!!

  • TheBlondeLifestyle

    Finals are coming up for me and I’ve been super stressed with everything. These are some great tips I hope to use. Thanks so much for sharing! –theblondelifestyle.com

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, love!! xoxo Hope you’re feeling less stressed out after finals. I know how that is! It’s only a season, you will get through it!