Singer Andy Williams may be crooning to us that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many, the holiday season and subsequent “gay, happy meetings when friends come to call,” can also be harbingers of excess stress. That stress has the potential to derail your health. If you’re finding yourself under a little more stress than usual, MedShadow has compiled a list of our favorite stress-busting strategies from TikTok.
Warm Up With a Cup of Tea
A cup of your favorite tea can help you de-stress before your lips even touch the rim. Take a minute to watch the steam rise and the color from the tea infuse the boiling water. Hold the cup with both hands and feel the heat transfer through your fingers.
@lovesweatfitnessHow I destress #whatieatinaday #myroutine #destress #stressrelief #foryou #teatime #healthyhacks♬ Mud Flow “the Sense of me” ( Soundtrack Life is Strange) – DOLKINS
Take a Book Break
Enjoy a respite from trying to impress your in-laws, entertain your kids or act as the perfect host to friends and read a book. Winter weather is perfect for cozying up inside in comfortable clothes, a good book and maybe even that cup of tea.
@haleyphamI’m so grateful to reading for destressing me #booktok #reading #fallaesthetic♬ Yellow (Slowed) – Coldplay
Shake Free From Stress
In this video, a psychologist gets her groove on while explaining how doing so can signal to your body that it’s time to relax. Dancing has been shown to help some patients manage anxiety and depression.
@simplybecomeThe. Best. Way. To. De-stress!! #mentalhealth #psychologist #tiktoktherapist #selfcare #motivation #anxiety #bodypositivity #health♬ Iko Iko (My Bestie) (feat. Small Jam) – Justin Wellington
Focus on creating something fun. Grab a pencil and sketch a detailed portrait or try an easy do-it-yourself project, like painting these simple flower designs onto a piece of home décor.
@ficklepicklestickersWhat do you do to destress? 🌱 #destress #painting #mentalhealth #stressrelief #smallbusiness♬ Castaways – The Backyardigans
Write It Down
Too many thoughts swirling around that you can’t focus on any of them? Grab a pen and commit them to paper. The good, the bad and the benign.
@bodaliadjNeed to DESTRESS rn? 🧠😀 #mentalhealth #stress #destress #relax #doctor♬ Calm LoFi song(882353) – S_R
Blow It Away
Breathing exercises can calm your nerves in a matter of seconds, with no equipment other than your own lungs. Want more? Check out our favorites from Instagram.
Stretch Away the Stress
Try these three stretches to quickly release tension and melt away stress.
@blogilatesIt was a tuff week. Need these. #pilates #stretching #blogilates #destress #stressreliever #dontstress #tiktokfitness #fitness #mobility #stretches♬ Spa – Icona Pop & SOFI TUKKER
Take a Moment to Meditate
It’s easier than you think. TikToker @ki_lee3 explains that meditation isn’t just clearing your mind, but allowing it to wander before choosing which thoughts to engage and which to set free. Along with reducing stress, meditation can help you fall asleep. Check out MedShadow’s list of Guided Meditations for Sleep on YouTube.
@ki_lee3Like for part 2! #howtomeditate #fyp #meditation #soul #heal #grow #ArmaniMyWay♬ Lofi nostalgic old music box(833007) – NARU
Want more tips on reducing stress? Check out our article: Stress Need Not Be Your Constant Companion.