Being an adult is hard work. It seems the older I become the more life tends to suck the energy and happiness straight out of my soul. Like a giant dementor (Harry Potter reference) ready to take all motivation and glee from my existence.
Alright enough with the drama.
What I mean to say is, stress is a very real things people! No matter the reason I refuse to sit and dwell on it, I am simply not able to let a feeling such as stress keep me down for long. So on a day like today, a Monday from hell, I find myself sitting here thinking what on earth can I do to relieve myself from these rather woeful stressful situations big or small, today or any day?
If you have ever struggled with the same thoughts then perhaps my go-to list might also be of service to you! Good luck and happy Monday!
1. Read a book
Whisk yourself away to another land, quiet your environment and put your body at ease. Take a book out into nature to enjoy the smells and sounds or simply curl up in bed and snuggle with some warm blankets and read, read, read!
2. Watch your favorite movie
Your favorite movie is consistent, you know what you are going to get you can shut off your mind and let your favorite characters take you away to their worlds and troubles. Sometimes all you need is a distraction to concur stressful feelings.
3. Take a short nap
Naps are a great way to relief stress. Taking 10 – 20 minutes to recharge your mind body and soul. It may be all the relief you need.
Check out this related article 5 Reasons you Should Start Napping to help motivate you!
4. Bake or cook something
I am an avid Pinterest user and I have found a new love for trying new (mostly healthy) recipes.
Go Me! Cooking and baking keeps your hands busy and gives your mind something to focus on. A manual task where the end result can be a delicious homemade treat.
5. Take a bath
Hello, bath enthusiast here. I feel everyone should have a healthy stockpile of Epsom salts, oils and bubbles on hand at all times. This stash always comes in handy for me when stressed. Soaking away your troubles may not solve the problem you are facing but it is a great way to escape.
6. Fall asleep by meditating or listening to relaxing music
Meditation, music and nature sounds is a great way to shut your brain off for the evening before you go to sleep, allowing your subconscious to shut down, shifting into a more healthy reality. If you are not too keen on meditating then turn on some gentle rain or ocean sounds, you will be asleep within minutes.
A healthy sleep will help you rejuvenate and clear your mind, allowing you to carry less stress over into the next day.
7. Watch a funny video
Do you enjoy funny cat videos? Baby videos? Well luckily for you and everyone else in the world, if you desire it you simply need to type it into the interwebs. Watching a few funny videos is a great way to blow off some steam. Laughter is of course often the best medicine.
8. Call a friend and laugh not vent
Often times venting is a great way to relieve stress and get things off your chest, but don’t forget your friends have the ability to lift your moods in other ways too. Try calling up a friend and saying “I am having a crappy day, how about we have a laugh”? If you are lucky to have a good friend they will know exactly what to do.
9. Practice deep breathing
Never done deep breathing before? Try this app MyBrainSolutions. This is a fun way to try out deep breathing for yourself to calm your stressed-out mind.
This is a great stress relief activity if you are short on time. The golden rule is three deep breathes drastically decreases the stress hormones in your body. Breath slowly and deeply in your nose and out your mouth.
10. Drink a cup of tea
When I smell Chamomile tea I instantly feel more relaxed, it is just one of those things that calm me. Holding a warm cup and smelling the calming aromas is mega relaxing.
Rose, lavender, frankincense, chamomile, and vanilla have long been a proven source of relaxation and stress relief.. Investing in some essential oils or candles containing these scents is a great way to fill your home with stress relieving smells. Every little bit helps right?.
12. High endurance workout or peaceful yoga exercise
A high endurance cardio workout is a great way to blow off steam, try some kickboxing or another intense workout routine to work out your frustrations. Another way to allow exercise to ease your stress is by taking a more peaceful approach by trying some yoga poses that are aimed at stress relief.
13. Check out some motivational quotes
I have a Pinterest board dedicated to quotes that help me when I am feeling stressed, frustrated, unmotivated or any other manner of negative feeling.
Find a mantra that speaks to you, something that helps you feel better when the rest of life is pulling you down. Words are always our greatest weapon.
If you are interested in some other feel good life savers check out my Searching for Happiness Series!