Okay, so it’s been one of those days. You know, when there aren’t enough hours in the day, you’re still checking items off a to-do list from last week, and the majority of your “free” time is spent stressing over what’s not getting done. It happens to the best of us. So when the Pomodoro Technique just isn’t cutting it, and you desperately need some headspace, why not do as the celebs do? Here are eight celeb-approved ways to relieve stress that don’t require purchasing a $4,800 gold juicer.
Beyonce: QT with the Fam
When all seems lost, quality 1:1 time with loved ones can feel just as good as eight hours of sleep. And Blue Ivy is Beyoncé’s shanti – that is, until those twins arrive and Blue blossoms into an angsty (hopefully not awkward) teenager.
Charlize Theron: America’s Favorite Pastime
What’s better than enjoying a warm, sunny day and cheering on your favorite team (or at least pretending to watch the action while you sample the often surprisingly gourmet stadium eats), with practically no choice but to stare at the players’ tight pants? They’re part of the uniform, after all. Good friends, cold beer, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks? Take us out to the ball game, Charlize.
Britney Spears: When in Doubt, Dance It Out
We often tense up or forget to relax as soon as Kevin Federline, the stress monster, arrives at our front door. Next time you feel your cortisol levels rising, do as Britney does and let your hips do the talking.
Chrissy Teigen: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Whether you’re feeding the entire family or preparing a meal for one, cooking is proven to reduce stress levels and ultimately result in a yummy reward. Work out some of that pent-up aggression as you peel potatoes, chop veggies, or scrub away yesterday’s baked-on mess.
Reese Witherspoon: Yoga with a View
Yoga has countless benefits, including the ability to slow your breathing, lower your pulse rate, and give you peace of mind. Want to enhance the benefits of your practice? Take it outside to flow with a serene view. At the very least, we’ll do it for the relaxing nap Savasana.
Kate Hudson: Pilates
When all else fails, hit the Pilates Reformer like Kate Hudson and work. It. Out. Ditch the negative energy, release endorphins, and conquer the world with rock-hard abs.
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell: The Family That Bikes Together
We’re not suggesting you squeeze in an Ironman every weekend, but an occasional bike ride with the fam may be just what the doctor ordered. Not only does it make for a sexy DILF pic, à la Dax Shepard, but the fresh air can be liberating (just make sure to take a Claritin). Cruise the terrain of your choosing and leave those worries behind.
Sofia Vergara: Sun’s Out, Buns Out
Flamingo floatie, crystal-clear-blue pool water (bonus if you’re a baller and it’s an infinity pool), a healthy dollop of SPF, and the “All Out 80s” Spotify playlist: Now that’s a stress-free day in which we’d happily indulge. Just make sure the rosé is within arm’s reach, your iPhone is out of splash radius, and a Joe Manganiello doppelgänger is in full view.