Updated: Oct 25, 2018

By Paulina Pena

You’ve probably read tons of different articles on how to reduce stress, and they are all probably saying the same thing: work out when you wake up, have a morning routine, drink more water and just be a better human being overall- thank you every other article on the internet. But some forget that changing your actions and putting in so much extra effort is not getting to the root of the problem and sometimes, it can even make it more stressful!

There are ways to reduce stress without getting up while the moon is still out and adding tons of sweaty gym clothes to your laundry pile.

Incorporate the Classics:There’s a reason Mozart and Beethoven play such a significant role in the artistic community. Even if you are not a regular listener to classical music, you know who they are.

Their works are mathematically rhythmic, which means listening to their pieces can have many helpful benefits:

  • They can improve your memory

  • Synchronize your heartbeat

  • Decrease high blood pressure

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My go to is Johann Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, played beautifully by YoYo Ma. There are endless Spotify playlists of classical and symphonic music for the beginners- I know because I was one too.

Make time for activities that don’t involve a screen: Computers and other electronic devices are very stimulating for the brain and constant notifications can build like flutter in your headspace. Instead of resorting to Netflix for your next chill out session, let your eyes rest.

  • Read a book! For those who don’t know where to start check out “The Illustrated Man” By Ray Bradbury. It’s full of wildly imaginative short stories, perfect for a bedtime read.

  • Go for a walk in a neighborhood you find charming. A stroll can be relaxing, and what isn’t more motivating than walking beside houses you one day hope to live in.

  • Take a bath. Pour in some bath salts with herbal scents and light a candle. You deserve it!

Shake up your routine:Don’t feel tied down to your schedule. Believe it or not, there is life outside your Monday through Friday job. Take control of your free time after work and wonder about. Some of the most fun events in Houston take place on a Thursday.

  • Did you know the MFAH is open until 9:00pm every Thursday, with happy hour and food trucks?

  • Depending on the season, Discovery Green hosts festivals that last through the week and the weekend.

  • Lots of coffee shops around Houston have happy hours- Black Hole is one of them!

Mindfulness: Everyone has their own version of this. The objective is to find a place where your mind can rest from the noise of the outside world. You can try the go-to route and do a fifteen-minute meditation guided by YouTube or….

  • Yoga. This helps you focus on breathing and connecting the mind to the body. Black Swan in Houston runs on donations and offers late classes during the week!

  • Coloring books. Head into any arts and crafts store, and there are tons of pages pretty patterns sold solely for therapeutic purposes.

  • Spend time with a loved one. Family members and best friends know you inside and out, so their company can be one of the best ways to feel at ease and have a good laugh.

How do you manage stress? let us know!


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