Friday, October 14, 2016

How to Relax When You're Stressed

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Sometimes I feel like I'm the Queen of Stressing Out Over Everything.  I'm serious, I will worry about the smallest of things sometimes.  We all need to take a minute out of our busy lives to stop every now and then to relax.  It not only helps our mental and physical health, but it could probably help us live longer, too, tbh.  Here are ten great things you can do to relax because you are too blessed to be stressed.

Take a warm bath or shower.  Sometimes the best way to de-stress is to just hop in a warm shower or soak in a warm bath (with complementary bath bombs, of course).  Warm temperatures can loosen your muscles, which have probably tightened up due to all the stress you've been under.

Draw and/or color.  Adult coloring pages have become so popular lately, and it's obvious why:  there's something about coloring and drawing that is so relaxing.  Even if you want to save money and don't want to buy a coloring book, print off some pages online to keep on hand anytime you're feeling stressed.

Listen to your favorite music.  Music is so powerful and can help you in so many ways.  Put on some of your favorite tunes in the background as you work to keep you in a happy mood.  Better yet, make a playlist or two so you can have all the music that makes you happy just a click away.  My playlist would definitely have some old school Britney Spears on it, what about you?

Daydream.  It's nice to escape reality every now and then by creative visualization, which is just a fancy word for "daydreaming."  Visualizing yourself on a nice beach and sipping some delicious drinks with your celebrity crush, or whatever your perfect setting is, is scientifically said to help against stress.

Seek the sun.  If there's great weather one day, make sure you take advantage of it and spend some time in the sun!  It's proven that sunlight can help boost happiness in people.  Take a page from a cat's book and nap in the sun, whether that's outside or inside, but don't forget the sunscreen if you do go outside!

Have some green tea.  It's not only a great beverage to drink when the weather gets colder, but it's a calming tea as well, so stock your pantry with bags of it soon!  Apparently if you drink five cups of green tea a day, you can decrease your stress by up to 20%.

Go for a walk.  Just stepping away from a stressful situation can help immensely.  If you're worrying over homework, your job, a relationship, whatever, going for a walk can clear your head.  When you come back, you have a better mindset and are not as bogged down as you were before.

Try aromatherapy.  Smells definitely have an effect on our mood--I mean, have you ever walked past a bakery and the aroma of vanilla and all things sweet just lifted your mood?  There are so many ways that you can incorporate aromatherapy into your life; lotions, incense, sprays, and candles can all lift your spirits.

Talk to a friend.  Talking to someone about your stress can help a lot.  Just hearing your problems out loud and talking through them with someone and getting their viewpoint helps you see things from a different angle.  Keeping everything bottled up only adds more stress, so it's nice to discuss some of your problems with someone who cares for you and can relate.

Breathe.  The most important thing, which I think many of us forget, is to breathe.  Focus on what's going on right now, make a list, do one of the things I talked about above, and remember that you will get through this, I promise.

There are so many ways to de-stress that this list doesn't even give them justice.  Whenever you feel like you're under a lot of pressure, try one of the methods above.  What are some other ways that you de-stress?

Quote of the day:  "Tomorrow, the sun will rise as it always does, and you will be okay."

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