Aromatherapy is a stress-relief practice that involves diffusing essential oils, such as lavender and sandalwood, to improve mood, relieve stress, and promote better sleep. While the exact mechanisms by which aromatherapy helps relieve stress are unclear, studies suggest that it may be effective at reducing perceived stress.
Art therapy is a process in which you work with crayons, watercolors, clay, or other materials to create artwork. Through this process, you can experience new expression of your thoughts, self-efficacy, and coping abilities, which can help prevent or manage stress.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water, ice, or steam with various temperatures, pressures, durations, and sites for health promotion. Hydrotherapy can be practiced at home, such as with a warm bath, steam room, or taking a cold shower. Swimming is another form of hydrotherapy that may help decrease tension and improve well-being.
Massage therapy—a technique that involves manipulating soft tissues—offers pain relief. It can be effective for helping to relieve tension in the neck, back, and shoulders caused by stress. Many types of massage therapy exist, such as Swedish, classical, shiatsu, and tuin.
Music therapy consists of listening, using instruments, or singing to promote physical and psychological health. Even just listening to music for 30 minutes a day is associated with a reduction in stress and anxiety.