With Stress Awareness Week having not long passed, I thought this was probably the best time to write this post. Stress is something that we all experience at some point or another, and if you’re one of those types who is super chilled and never stressed, bugger off. I envy you, a lot. If I’m honest I’m one of those people that stresses over anything, to the point where I make myself ill. My first port of call when feeling like everything is getting a bit much is to cry, but shock, when isn’t my first instinct to anything to cry. Anyway, being a self proclaimed stress head, does mean that I have a few sure fire ways to help combat it.
We’ll start with getting out and about. I think this is probably one of the easiest ones, but nonetheless one that people tend to forget about doing. Living alone, means that a lot of my spare time is spent between the same 4 walls, which isn’t healthy for anyone, particularity when it comes to de-stressing, so getting out and stretching my legs, it doesn’t always have to be a 10K run, just a walk into town, a few lungfuls of fresh air will always calm me down.
Baths are super calming. This is something I take full advantage of when I am back home, seeing as my little flat barely has a working shower, let alone a fancy bath. Stop working at a certain time, run a nice hot bubble bath, grab a book, and chill. I know this is easier said than done, even I sometimes can’t bring myself to sit and do nothing in the bath, but it always calms me down. Alone time is also a perfect way to put things into perspective and realise the things that you’re probably stressing over, aren’t even worth the stress most the time.
Look after yourself. Again another really easy one, but I hold my hands up to not looking after myself very well. Whether it be getting an early night, or washing my hair, all these small things, taking a bit of time to pamper yourself is always an essential to de-stress. Along with looking after yourself, spend time with friends and family that keep you level headed. If ever I’m feeling particularly on edge, spending time with my friends, just grabbing a coffee to take my mind of things for a bit – another form of self care.
Write lists. I absolutely swear by a good list. Every evening I write myself a list of things I want to achieve the following day, it probably sounds like such a boring tip, but leading a busy life, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of it all. Setting myself achievable goals (remember to make them realistic), will always help me to prioritise the things that are stressing me out the most, allowing me to take a step back and work my way through the most important things first.
Lastly, take a step back from it all. I’m one of those people that will just keep on going until ultimately I burn out. I don’t take a step back from things, which results in my stress levels never lowing. I myself need to learn to put this step into practice, take a step back from university, blogging, YouTube, everything that I do day to day that I love, but does stress me out – realise that actually a lot of it isn’t worth stressing over and everything will get done in due course.
Stress awareness is a topic that is definitely being spoken about more which I think it needs to be, I always notice that when I’m putting unnecessary pressure on myself, this in turn takes an instant effect on my mental health, something I cant afford to sacrifice!
What are your tips for de-stressing?!
All my love,