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5 Places You Can Go to De-Stress for Free -- Right Now

by Emily Abbate on February 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

East River running pathMe and stress, we don't get along so well. When I'm stressed, I shut things out. I act differently. I'm not the same happy-go-lucky Emily that I like to be. Tell me you know the feeling? Is there nothing you'd rather do when you're stressed than say, "Screw you, stress! GET OUT OF MY LIFE!"?

Whether you're a stressed out gym-goer or someone who bakes to breathe, everyone has their own way of managing stress when times get tough. Sometimes, though, it isn't so clear-cut.

Which is why you're in luck, because I have 5 great places you can go to de-stress, right now, for absolutely free! Starting with your bedroom, and no, not for the reason you might think.

1. The bedroom: No, I'm not telling you to head to your bedroom for a quick shag session with your sweetie. I'm actually suggesting going in there to do a full clean. Cleaning and organizing something enables you to put your thoughts on the task at hand instead of your problems while being productive. I'm sure that windowsill has needed a dusting for months now.

2. Your car: Crank up the music, get in the car, and drive without a destination. This is one of the best places to just be yourself. Who cares if the person in the lane next to you is judging you?

3. A book store: Allow yourself to get lost in someone else's world for a while. Big or small, head on over to a local book store and put your nose in a good book for hours. Just the other day I did this for three hours and finished an entire read cover-to-cover. Best Sunday afternoon I've had in a while.

4. The open road: Running. This is my personal release. When I'm stressed, my favorite thing is to just head out onto the streets for a run without a set path in mind. I love allowing my impulses and the direction of traffic guide me for an hour or however long I choose to run. Plus, running means working out. Like the cleaning scenario, it's a win-win.

5. The kitchen: Following directions for an hour to bake something delicious is the easiest way for you to forget all of your problems. Measuring an even half cup of flour is much less taxing than fretting over what to wear to your girlfriend's bridal shower tomorrow.

Where do you go to de-stress? Do you have any tips?


Image via Emily Abbate

Filed Under: emotional health, mental health


  • Lynette


    February 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Knitting has worked wonders for me, great was to let go of stress.  Love a trip to the library.  In the summer a bike ride to the park so I can sit on the dock watching the river go by is bliss.

  • mrswi...


    March 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I love going to the book store and having a cup of coffee.

  • godde...


    March 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    I go to my family's cottage.

  • lalas...


    March 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I like to go shopping.

  • sukainah


    March 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    The bedroom to read or watch TV

  • Saman...


    March 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM


  • mommy...


    March 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM
    Good tips
  • elasmimi


    March 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    My bedroom is my sanctuary, but not to clean!

  • count...


    March 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Taking a nice hot bath is always a nice way to release stress. 

  • Bmat


    March 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    The only one I can't see is driving without a destination. With cost and effects of fuel, it doesn't seem responsible.

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