As January rears its ugly head now that a wonderful Christmas and another year has passed, we are reminded again of our responsibilities, whether that’s a job, university, school or what have you. Point is, along with those responsibilities come the bagfuls of stress, tears and frustration that I can safely say we are all accustomed to. But that doesn’t mean we have to let it get the better of us! So I thought I would share a few of the things that help me destress when everything takes a seat on my shoulders. And in this way, hopefully I will be able to help at least one person get some ideas for de-stressing and reminding ourselves that it is more than okay to take the time out of our busy lives to take care of ourselves!
Now, there is a reason I have a small area on my shelf dedicated to candles and it is simply because they work soooo well as de-stressing agents. Surrounding yourself with familiar scents that you love and breathing in deeply helps to relax you. Grab a book you love, or put on some relaxing music and just allow yourself to relax and calm your mind. By taking out the time to just focus on yourself, it will allow your mind and body to shake off the stress and restart. If you are so inclined, I would recommend getting yourself a fresh scented candle, and Yankee Candle’s River Valley and Midsummer’s Night are two of my favourite calming scents!
Another universally relaxing thing to do is run a bath! I cannot (CANNOT!) recommend baths enough; run yourself a hot bath, add in your favourite bath foam or bath-bomb (LUSH have an amazing range of bath-bombs) and watch the magic happen! I always feel like there is nothing better than a relaxing hot bubbly bath after a stressful day. You can literally wash the stress away. Light a candle, soak away in a lovely smelling bath and switch off your mind!
Exercise, something I definitely need to do more of, is a foolproof method for de-stressing. Whether its running, or swimming, or walking, yoga or what have you, make sure you get up and get moving! I should definitely practice more of what I preach because I notice such a difference in my mood whenever I do exercise. While it does tire me out, it also makes me feel good and in a way it gives me more energy. If you have a busy schedule, try and take a quick relaxing walk to get your fill of the fresh air or even just doing twenty to thirty minutes of exercise would make such a noticeable difference.
And if you go back to work or school the next day and are overwhelmed with the amount of work, then I would advise you to make lists, and lists for your lists! Organising yourself and making a to do list for things you need to do makes it less overwhelming and believe you me, there is nothing better than crossing something off of the list once it’s done! Not only does this help organise your day but also your mind and allows you to panic less and therefore, stress less! By seeing a clean and tidy list of things you need to do, it’ll make it easier for you to prioritise your time and reduce the stress induced from work.
I hope you can take away something from this post and that it helps you to de-stress the next time you feel overwhelmed. And if all else fails, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” has never failed to cheer me up!
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