How to Relieve Stress Fast

Stressed? Here are 3 Fixes That Take Less Than 3 Minutes

Things in life stress us out every day. And it’s easy to let stress take over you, to consume your thoughts, feelings and emotions. When we’re under stress, we can’t eat right, sleep right or think right. Though it’s normal, it can be a huge detriment to our success in life.

But you can take control of your stress, and fix it. When you take control, it can’t touch you.


Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. I mean deep — Inhale for at least 6 seconds. Now exhale slowly, for another 6 seconds or so. Repeat. Feeling better yet?

If not right away, just continue to breathe. This tactic is remarkably effective, forcing you to focus on something you know well, and can lower your heart rate, keeping you relaxed.

Walk Away, Then Around

We’ve all gotten an email or two that made us want to reply with something sassy or passive aggressive. When something triggers a stressful response quickly, your reaction can also come quickly. In this case, it’s best to just get up and walk away.

It’s not as hard to make the right choice when you know there’s a reward at the end — Go outside and soak up some sun. Take a flight of stairs up. Go talk to someone you know nearby.

Have a couple of extra minutes? Take a few more flights of stairs. Walk farther and faster. Before you know it, you’ve burned off some aggression and your original reaction just seems silly.

Make a List

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the tasks you need to do, write them down.

Now that you have a visual representation of your list, you can make a plan. When I’m stressed with To Do’s, I always take out the easiest things first. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction quickly and gets me in the zone. Find the plan that works best for you and tackle it. In this case, it’s not worth procrastinating — just do it.

Still stressed? Here’s a bonus tip: Find something to make you laugh! There’s nothing quite like a smile to take your mind off the heavy stuff. Now, keep riding that train — Think happy, positive thoughts.

With just a few simple actions, you can take control of your stress and fix it. All it takes is 3 minutes or less.

Do you feel like you have your stress under control? How do you handle it? Tell us in the comments below.

Recent Posts

  • Finding The Right Fit For Men

    There’s no question that each of us have our own ideas on how our jeans should fit. Whether it’s our own unique bodies or our ever-evolving sense of style, it gets harder and harder to find a fit or style that isn’t loved by one and hated by another. Everywhere you look there are different fits — from relaxed to bootcut to straight to slim to skinny, jeans are designed to look this way and feel that way. So why worry so much about what every else tells you to wear?

    Read More
  • Ready for Spring 2015 — The Styles We’re Excited About

    Warm sunshine, dewy green grass, the scent of new life and the colors! Oh, the colors! We’ve been waiting for spring around the office, and finally, finally it’s arrived in all its glory. Here are a few of the styles we’re most excited about this year.

    Read More
  • Our Weekend at the Dad 2.0 Summit

    Leaving the icy streets of Kansas City, Lee embarked on a weekend of a lifetime this February at the third annual Dad 2.0 Summit with nearly 300 amazing dads that we would meet and reconnect with in one of our favorite weekends of the year.

    Read More
  • Can I Do Yoga In These?

    We gave Ashley O’Brien — the Merchandising Director for O, The Oprah Magazine — a pair of Lee Easy Fit jeans to give a spin. See what she had to say about these jeans’ comfortable and versatile style.

    Read More
  • Gap No More in Curvy Fit

    Ashley O’Brien — the Merchandising Director for O, The Oprah Magazine — gave a pair of Lee Curvy Fit jeans a test drive. Discover the technology that made her “… comfortable and confident 100% of the time, day and night.”

    Read More
  • Closet-Envy: Inspiring Closets (and Budget-Friendly Hacks!)

    Some of us need a little nudge to get into spring cleaning mode. Consider this our nudge. We pulled some of our favorite organization inspiration from the web. Bonus: We even found some budget-friendly options inspired by these amazing closet designs to help us achieve similar concepts in our own homes. Enjoy!

    Read More
  • 5 Best Boots to Wear (And Look Great with Jeans!)

    During the cold months of winter, ladies are forced to forego their strappy sandals and fun wedges for the sake of staying warm. However, that doesn’t mean gals are forced to say sayonara to their fashionista ways and sense of style. Boots and booties are the best trendy counterparts to summer’s fun open-toed shoes.

    Read More
  • 8 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed (But You Do)

    When we first started putting zip flies on jeans, I’m sure some people thought it was bizarre (yet brilliant!). And now look, the whole industry is using the zip fly we created. This post celebrates innovations — some quirky — but all brilliant. Here are eight things you didn’t know you needed, but you totally do. And who knows — maybe one or two of these will become the next zip fly.

    Read More
View more posts