Discounted Ways to De-Stress

With the economy the way it is, stress for all of us is at an all-time high while the money in our bank accounts may be struggling at an all-time low. Don’t neglect your sanity (or your blood pressure), though. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to de-stress at a discounted price. So the next time you’re feeling worn down and tapped out, consider trying one of these at-the-ready respite rescues to help you de-stress without guilt and without forking over a ton of dough in order to do it.

Download a new MP3. Music can do wonders to lift moods. And with the advent of downloadable MP3 files, we don’t have to spend a ton of cash in order to enjoy some great tunes. For right around a buck, you can purchase, download and enjoy a new song or piece of music that can put a little pep back in your step while keeping your bottom line intact.


Phone a friend. Laughter’s the best medicine, and it’s even better when shared with a friend. Don’t let yourself linger in the dumps too long. Even just a quick call to say, “Hi!” can make all the difference. Don’t forget, too, that misery loves company. While being a whiner and a complainer is certainly not nice, it’s okay to vent once sometimes to our closest confidents. We all need support from time to time, and chances are he or she will be able to commiserate and perhaps make you feel better about a particular situation.

Spring for a new kind of coffee or tea. Sometimes just a break in your beverage routine can shake things up enough to give you renewed vigor. If you usually order something hot, consider trying an iced drink. If you’re a die-hard coffee fan, try a new flavor or reach for a tea instead. Opening ourselves up to something new can help us more easily alter our attitudes, too.

Invest in some peppermint or lavender soap or body wash. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to lift the spirit and induce a tranquil mood. Take advantage of this in your own life by reaching for peppermint-spiked soap when you need to feel rejuvenated or opt for lavender scented items to help calm and soothe.

Walk through the card aisle at the store for instant humor. If you’ve got a few extra minutes, swing through the greeting card aisle at your local store. Artists and writers get paid money to come up with quick one-liners and gags all so that we can share them with others. But, truth be told, you don’t have to purchase them in order to enjoy them. Grab a quick card or two, give it a read and then put it back. You can enjoy a quick chuckle for absolutely free!

Do what you can to make your workspace comfortable. Lastly, it’s important to identify the actual cause of stress, too. Work, for example, is a necessary part of life for most if not all of us. And while we may not be able to control everything that goes on at work, we can do many things to help make being at work more comfortable. Covet and protect your lunch time and breaks, for example. Don’t let your free time get eaten up by extra work. Pack a book or magazine to enjoy even just a few minutes to decompress. Invest in a chair pad if you sit for long periods of the day or a wrist pad for your keyboard. Hang up a drawing for your kiddo or their school picture or a picture of your partner at your desk to help remind you of what’s really important.

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This post was written by Shannon M. Medisky. Shannon is an educator turned parent turned writer and focuses on sharing new and innovative ways to not just survive, but thrive on empty. Visit to learn more. Her newest book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stretching Your Dollar is available in bookstores now.

3 Responses to “Discounted Ways to De-Stress”

  1. Erin |  May 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Don’t forget that libraries can be a good source of cheap entertainment, as well–free entertainment, as long as you bring the books back on time.

    Most of the libraries I’ve visited offer movies too. Granted the selection isn’t always great, but sometimes they have some really classic stuff, like Labyrinth or the 1977 cartoon film The Hobbit.

  2. Amanda |  Jun 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    These are great suggestions! When I’m feeling stressed I usually go out for a pedicure or pricey salon…then I get more stressed about the money I’ve spent. I love the idea of the library too! I know my library offers popular books on tape which I consider more relaxing than physically reading. I also like taking a bath and watching an episode or two of my favorite TV shows while I soak. Just did this last night :)

  3. Offshore Processing |  Jun 28, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Hi Shannon, these are great tips to de-stress. For me, the best way is an earnest and long prayer. I talk to my God for things that worry and bother me. With this way, I won’t poison others with possible emotional outbreaks.

    I love being a Christian. I’m always taken care of and the bible always comforts me.

    Best regards,