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Everyone gets stressed out by different things and experiences, which is why, in honor of Stress Awareness Month, we asked our readers about their favorite stress relieving techniques. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, there are going to be times when things just get to be way too much handle. Which is why having a stress relief routine is absolutely vital for your mental health and your relationships, since taking it out on your roommate, significant other, or some random woman at the grocery store is not an option (though we’ve all been there).

In case you’ve forgotten, stress is super bad for you. It can manifest itself into headaches or stomach issues, or just mess with your sleep. Once your sleep is messed with, it’s sort of a downward spiral from there. Stress can dehydrate you, cause you to eat a whole bunch of stuff that makes you feel terrible (even if it’s delish in the moment), and scramble up your whole routine. At the very worst, stress can turn into a panic attack or, if left unchecked, can send you down the rabbit hole of some serious blues or depression.

Despite all of that, stress is something we all have to deal with. So don’t be scared to talk about it with your friends. In the meantime here are 15 people’s tips relieving their own stress. Enjoy!

Susana, 28

Pam, 33

Cara, 33

Anna, 34

Allison, 33

Katherine, 27

Molly, 30

Meaghan, 35

April, 32

Alex, 38

Olivia, 24

Casey, 36

Katie, 33

Clare, 33

Danielle, 34

Knowing how to relieve stress in a healthy way — even if that means indulging in a glass of wine or some take-out food in moderation — is so important. Everyone has to do it at some point. Find out what works for you!