Times are tough rn—and that’s a bit of an understatement. Whether you’re out there doing essential work or are helping flatten the curve by staying home, you’re probably dealing with a lot of stress. We all have our own methods of decompressing, from talking with trusted friends (or a therapist) to meditation to exercise. But if you’re looking to try something new, know that each zodiac sign handles stress in a different way.
Read on to find out the best ways to decompress, according to *your* sign
With all your pent-up, fiery energy, the best way to de-stress is to get physical. Taking a walk or a jog is ideal, but if you don’t have a garden there are other options. Try doing jumping jacks, learning a TikTok dance, or even pacing back and forth to blow off steam.
The way to your heart is through your stomach. Indulge your taste buds by tackling a complicated recipe and enjoying the delish results.
Talk it out! Discussing your emotions will help you process them—and it’ll help you understand other people better, which is what you really need to calm down. When you’re frustrated, schedule a call with your therapist or vent to your BFF.
You crave safety and stillness when you’re stressed out—you’re all about your shell, aka your ~comfort zone~. Take a nap, or just cozy up under your fav weighted blanket. You’ll re-emerge from your cocoon zenned out and feeling ~calm~.
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You’re the life of the party, which is why Netflix and chill just leaves you feeling antsy. Instead, try listening to your fav album while dancing and singing alone. This will help relax both your mind and body.
You’re stereotyped as a clean freak—but in this case, it’s kinda true. Spring cleaning lets you keep your body moving and makes your apartment feel all sparkly and new. It’ll help relax your nerves and you’ll feel ~calm~ when you snooze off in between freshly-washed sheets.
You’re one of the most artistic signs—you need to be surrounded by beauty in order to feel ~at peace~. Knitting, drawing, playing music, or even cooking will help you reduce stress and keep yourself busy.
Sometimes you get too caught up in thinking about the past. It’s important for you to learn to live ~in the present~ and not to dwell on situations that happened a long time ago, like that awkward convo with your boss or that fight with your college BFF. Take some time each day to practice mindfulness, like by listening to a guided meditation.
Decompressing means three things to you: Netflix, snacks, and rosé. As long as you know you have your fav items stocked up, you’ll feel at ease being a couch potato. Your rested body will thank you later.
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You go super-fast in all areas of life, which can make you feel drained. Yoga will help you reduce that tension through breath work, relaxation, and gentle stretching.
You find your ~chill zone~ when you’re helping others. Volunteering your time to a local mutual aid group or a cause that’s close to your heart will distract you from current issues and help you feel connected.
Run a hot bath for one (or two 😉) and let your stress melt away. Add flowers, bubbles, oils, a bath bomb, and salt for the ultimate ~bath experience~. Light some aromatic candles and turn on your fav chill vibes playlist for maximum serenity.
This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.
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