5 Tips to Help You Reduce Stress

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Using a daily planner can help to reduce stress. Getty / Peter Dazeley

The following article is from a series on stress reduction when you have social anxiety. Other articles in the series can be found at the end of the article.

Every day people with social anxiety endure stress, both physically and emotionally. Some people manage this stress better than others. Everyone is different, and the methods that will work to manage your stress may differ from what works for someone else.

Fortunately, there is a variety of ways that you can manage stress. Try some of these out, and see what works for you.


Start each day off by waking early and take the time to meditate.

Physical Activity

After meditation, engage in physical activities such as yoga, Pilates, walking, and jogging. Be sure to pay attention to your breathing at the same time. Decide what type of exercise suits you best, and make sure to do it regularly.

Daily Planning

It is important to plan your day to reduce stress. Organizing your day can eliminate unexpected mishaps. Use a planner and keep track of what you need to do throughout the day. When an unexpected activity parachutes in, it will be less stressful than if you were not already clear on what you need to get done.

A chaotic life can be very stressful. Most people function better when things are organized and priorities have been determined. Planning will help lead to a less chaotic life.

Take advantage of resources for getting organized and incorporate them into your daily routine.

Listening to Music

Music can help reduce stress. Listen to music on your way to work or on the way home to wind down. You might even practice singing along or dancing when listening to music at home as a way to break through your stress and social anxiety.


Communication is also an important stress reliever. Those with social anxiety tend to keep feelings bottled up inside. While it may feel awkward at first, finding at least one person in whom you can confide will help to bring stress levels down.

Talk about things that made your day better or made it horrible. Release your feelings, good or bad. As you become more confident in your communication and less stressed by social interaction, try to maintain balance in your communication with others, so that one person is not your sole source of support. Talk to a work colleague about your daily work stresses, a family member about family issues, and a friend about your personal struggles.

Effective communication is an important tool to reduce stress and develop relationships to support you through rough times. Be sure that you are just as good at listening to others as you are at sharing your own problems. Show consideration for others and you will also receive it in return.

Finally, learn as much as you can about your stress.

What are your triggers? Who helps to calm you down. The more aware you are of how stress builds and is released, the better able you will be to manage uncomfortable feelings.

While not all days will be stress-free, you can work towards having more stress-free days than stressful days. Consider each day a new chance to learn, grow, and develop the life that you want.

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