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We can safely say that nearly everyone is already aware of stress, whether it’s from a big project at work or school, changing relationships, a death in the family, or the holidays. While this is a time of year for fun and great food, it can also be a time of stress. Join the Willow Hill Blog as we explore different ways to reduce stress in and out of your Puyallup, WA apartment.


Here’s what we discovered in our research:


Start and end the day with a few minutes of quiet meditation. Take those few moments and ground yourself by connecting with the here and now. Take several deep breaths. In the morning, anticipate a positive that will happen during the day. In the evening, review what went well, and give yourself credit.


Write your stress away. Keep a junk journal, a private journal where you can record all the junk that’s happening in your life and then let it go. Simply writing it down will often help you quit fretting about it, whatever it happens to be. Some people like to burn up pages from their junk journal when the situation is resolved, which can be very freeing.


Collect hugs throughout your day. Touch is important, and it’s been proven to reduce anxiety and stress. If you are not a huggy-touchy person, schedule a massage, which is another great stress reliever.


Turn on some tunes. Find a lullabye station to stream and let the music help you relax, or listen to nature sounds or white noise to slow down and relax before bedtime.


If you're stuck in a traffic jam, try this relaxing exercise. Grab your steering wheel and clench the muscles in your fingers, arms, shoulders, and back. Do this until your muscles begin to tremble (about 45 seconds), then release. This will create a wave of relief in your upper neck and arms all the way down to your fingers. Just be sure your foot is on the brake when you let go of the wheel!


What is your favorite stress-reduction technique? We would love to hear about it. Please feel free to share in the comments!