Whether you’re a student at university, you have a demanding career or a hectic family life, it’s easy to find yourself getting stressed out when faced with the burdens of modern life. Some people feel as though stress is unavoidable and, as a result, fail to confront the problem. However, ignoring stress and anxiety can do more harm than good and worsen the problem over time. By taking a break from whatever’s troubling you and treating yourself to some quality ‘me’ time, you can achieve a sense of calm and improve your health.

  1. Have a massage
  2. Visit your local library and spend a whole day flicking through books that interest you
  3. Say ‘no’ to things you don’t want to do
  4. Take a 20 minute power nap
  5. Turn the music up loud and dance around the house
  6. Get to work early and try to finish all your tasks sooner rather than later
  7. Go outside for some fresh air
  8. Live in the present
  9. Take your pet for a long walk
  10. Paint a picture, even if you’ve never thought of yourself as an artist
  11. Have a manicure
  12. Go to the beach
  13. Give up junk food
  14. Watch cartoons
  15. Eat more fruit and vegetables
  16. Day dream
  17. Sit outside and listen to the birds singing
  18. Unsubscribe from emails that you don’t read
  19. Celebrate screen-free Sundays and avoid all technology
  20. Go for a bike ride
  21. Spend an afternoon in the park
  22. Visit an aquarium
  23. Get something off your chest
  24. Eat food you’ve never tried before
  25. Spend a day exploring your local art galleries
  26. Declutter your home
  27. Donate your unwanted items to charity
  28. Talk to someone about your problems
  29. Play a board game
  30. Laugh
  31. Sing in the shower
  32. Learn to play an instrument
  33. Take the train to a city you’ve never been before
  34. Have a pedicure
  35. On a clear night, sit outside and look up at the stars
  36. Treat yourself to a spa weekend
  37. Have a facial
  38. Play video games all afternoon
  39. Angry with someone? Write a letter to them telling them how you feel – but don’t actually send it
  40. Take the stairs instead of the lift. The exercise will do you good
  41. Go to the gym
  42. Drink more water
  43. Give up social media for a whole weekend
  44. Eat more fruit
  45. After having a bath, cover your whole body in moisturiser
  46. Take regular breaks from your computer
  47. Read a book
  48. Pick up a new hobby
  49. Meditate
  50. See a comedy show
  51. Make amends with someone you fell out with in the past
  52. Visit a museum
  53. Take a hike in the woods
  54. Have a lie in
  55. Paddle in the sea
  56. Change your bedding and get an early night
  57. Organise your emails
  58. Learn to knit or sew
  59. Breathe deeply
  60. Explore your city and take photos of things you’ve never noticed before
  61. Drink a cup of herbal tea
  62. Read your horoscope
  63. Escape from your desk at lunch time and go for a brisk walk
  64. Go for a run
  65. Stretch
  66. Ask for help
  67. Write a story
  68. Cook a new recipe
  69. Go shopping
  70. Do some gardening
  71. Organise a family reunion
  72. Drink a smoothie packed with your favourite fruit
  73. Call a friend for a chat
  74. Create something
  75. Lie on the grass and look for strange shapes in the clouds
  76. Get off the bus a few stops earlier and walk to your destination
  77. Drink less coffee
  78. Start a diary
  79. Write a letter to someone you haven’t seen in a long time
  80. Go for a swim
  81. Celebrate Meat Free Mondays – a little less meat can do your body a world of good
  82. Arrange to meet an old friend
  83. Spend time alone
  84. Buy a stress ball
  85. Take part in a yoga class
  86. Light some candles
  87. Get up early on a Saturday and get all your errands out the way before lunch – you’ll then have your whole weekend ahead of you to relax
  88. Treat yourself to a bath bomb or new bubble bath
  89. Forgive someone
  90. Put waterproof clothes on and take a walk in heavy rain without worrying about getting wet
  91. Tidy your desk
  92. Go for a drink in a quiet countryside pub
  93. Plan a holiday
  94. Drink hot chocolate in bed
  95. Make a list of all the things you need to do and celebrate when you’ve crossed them all off
  96. Visit your local botanical gardens
  97. Run yourself a bubble bath
  98. Walk or cycle to work instead of driving or taking public transport
  99. Teach your mind to see the positives rather than the negatives