Mental Health

7 Effective Ways to Naturally Reduce Stress in 2021

January 17, 2021
Positive affirmation journal

Have you ever had those nights where you lay in the bed staring at the ceiling and your mind is all over the place? You can’t seem to relax or get a good night’s sleep because you’re worried about everything. I knew it was time for me to find ways to naturally reduce stress once I started feeling burnt out for days.

I’m the Queen of overthinking. I can make up an entire scenario in my head and feel like I’ve experienced it, which is crazy, right? Half of the time, the things we stress about don’t end up happening, so why should we waste our time letting our thoughts take control?

With a new year comes new intentions, and one that’s at the top of my list is practicing habits that will reduce my stress and anxiety. Peace of mind is a priority for me! Of course, it’s normal to worry about things, however, when it becomes overwhelming, it’s time for a mindset change.

In this post, I’m sharing 7 effective ways to naturally reduce stress in 2021. If you want to continue to evolve into the best version of yourself, you can’t allow stress or negative thinking to control your life.

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Ways to Naturally Reduce Stress

Avoid Procrastination

Whew, procrastination is a struggle and something I’ve been doing for years. Sometimes, I don’t understand why I put myself in those situations because it makes my stress worse. That’s why I’m focused on avoiding procrastination as a way to naturally reduce stress.

If you have certain priorities that need to get done, make sure you do them. One thing that can help is making a to-do list. You don’t want to give yourself too many tasks to complete – keep your limitations in mind. If you aren’t able to complete something, it’s okay! Write it down for the next day.

Set realistic goals and deadlines and make sure you stay on top of things. I know it’s easier said than done, but I promise you I feel relieved when I’m caught up on my work. Then I have plenty of time to relax and prepare for the next day.

Practice Meditation

Meditation is another activity I plan on incorporating to reduce stress. In the past, I’ve had trouble doing this because my mind would constantly run and I couldn’t focus on the present moment. Learning how to meditate takes time and practice, it won’t come as easily as it does for others.

Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and tranquility. During this process, you put all of your thoughts in your mind to a stop. This is known to improve your physical and emotional well-being.

There are apps you can download to help you with meditation such as Headspace and Calm. They also have guided meditation videos on YouTube that you can follow along with.

It’s okay to start slow and work your way up. Don’t worry about whether or not you’re doing it correctly. It takes time and practice to find what works best for you. Here are a few steps to follow to get started:

  • Find a comfortable position (sit in a chair or with your legs crossed)
  • Close your eyes and relax your muscles
  • Put your thoughts aside and find calmness
  • Focus on deep breathing

Write Down My Emotions

Black woman journaling

You already know journaling is a thing for me, I’ve probably mentioned this tip in every blog post focused on wellness. The reason for that is because it works! Writing down your emotions, especially when you’re stressed, will take a weight off your shoulders. Releasing any thoughts that are weighing heavy on you is important, and your journal is a safe space to do that.

I’ve been journaling for the past year and it has been a game-changer. I always feel better once I vent and it helps me clear my mind when I’m overwhelmed with my thoughts. You don’t always have to document the bad that’s going on – you can talk about future goals you want to reach, things you’re grateful for, and my favorite, positive affirmations.

Going back to look at old entries shows me how far I’ve come. Of course, you only want to do this when you feel the time is right, however, reading old entries only proves that I’m growing and moving in the right direction. When you notice how much progress you’ve made, it encourages you to keep going.

Related Post: 5 Powerful Benefits of Writing in a Journal

Take Breaks As Needed

I’ve always been the type to push myself to work constantly without taking a break, especially as a Content Creator. The thought of taking time for myself wasn’t a thing because I felt like showing up every day was necessary. People are always throwing out the word consistency, but that doesn’t mean you should flat out ignore what your body needs.

It’s important to listen to your body and rest when it’s needed. Yes, working on your brand as an Entrepreneur is important, however, how will you show up as your best self if you’re not taking care of your mental + physical health?

Burn out is real, and if you don’t listen to your body when it tells you to slow down, it’ll force you to. I’ve been sick many times from working constantly, however, I learned my lesson and breaks will be a priority for me this year.

Your true supporters aren’t going anywhere and your health is the most important. Don’t feel selfish when you’re not in the mood to work or talk to people. Focus on self-care and you’ll feel brand new once you come back and start creating fresh content.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy diffuser

Aromatherapy has been super helpful for reducing stress. There are candles, pillows, essential oils, and bath products you can invest in. Different scents can affect how you feel and help you relax.

One of my favorite scents in aromatherapy is Lavender. Lavender is soothing and helps me when I’m feeling tense. Here are a few aromatherapy products I use that naturally reduce stress:

As you can see, Asutra is a go-to of mine. They’re a wellness brand that promotes self-care and they have an amazing collection of products that can help reduce stress and anxiety. I highly recommend checking them out!

Related Post: 10 Meaningful Holiday Gifts for People With Anxiety

Positive Self-Talk + Affirmations

What we say to ourselves can have a positive or negative impact on our mental health. One thing that has been huge for me is affirmations. There are many online to choose from and read out loud daily, or you can write down your own.

Writing down affirmations keeps me grounded and encouraged to not give up. Whether you need motivation, reassurance, or a boost of confidence, there’s a powerful statement out there for you to repeat and start believing.

The more I say affirmations, the better I feel. When you’re consistently pouring positivity into your life, it’s hard to stay in a negative headspace.

Change of Scenery

One of the last ways to naturally reduce stress is to change your scenery. Since I’m a full-time creator, I spend most of my time at home in the bedroom. I’m sure many are still working from home due to the pandemic as well. Sometimes, working in a different room will give you the boost of energy and peace you need.

Take your workspace to a new area – go in the living room or if you have a designated space where you go to relax, get some work done there.

Being in an area with plenty of sunlight helps me with my anxiety levels. Also, it doesn’t hurt to go outside and work too! Of course, it depends on how the weather is where you’re located, because I know I’m not staying outside in the cold haha. However, being in nature does give you a sense of peace.


Finding the best ways to naturally reduce stress will take time because you have to find what works best for you. Everyone is different and what works for someone else may not affect you. You have to experiment with different strategies and find what makes you happy.

If you want to maintain your mental wellness and physical health, you want to manage your stress and challenges more healthily.

Not sure where to start? Try some of the tips I mentioned in this post and check out my other articles focused on wellness. I also have a Wellness Guide on Instagram where you’ll find the tips I’ve shared in one place on how to make yourself a priority and practice self-care.

Let’s have a stress-free and peaceful 2021!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Aisha January 18, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing those wonderful tips Madisen. There are days when I feel overwhelmed with everything from business to my home life. I too, would make up these worse case scenarios in my head and later find out that any of those things that I played out didn’t happened and or won’t happen. I haven’t wrote in a long time but I think it’s time and especially in my gratitude journal. I love the smell of incense so I burn those all day long and drinking tea all day seems to smooth me.

    • Reply Madisen January 18, 2021 at 3:04 pm

      You’re welcome sis, thank you for reading! My therapist had to point out to me how we put ourselves through situations that will never happen – and I’ve never thought about it like that. I always remember that when I find myself overthinking. And what if that situation does happen? That means we go through it TWICE! I’ve started a gratitude journal and it’s one of the best things I’ve done. Sometimes, we can forget about the blessings we already have around us when we go through challenges. Writing those down is a reminder that we’re good.

  • Reply Tiffany Shannel January 18, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    These are all such great tips Maddy . I love aromatherapy and I’m already doing almost all of these. Such great info boo

    • Reply Madisen January 18, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you so much boo for reading and commenting. Aromatherapy is so relaxing and soothing for me, I’m glad I started using it in my routine.

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