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Life is hard. Adulting is hard. Sometimes it feels like all I want to do is curl up, be five years old again, and have my mom read me a book, and if that doesn’t happen, my brain is going to explode.
Know the feeling?
Stress is different for everyone. We all have our I’m-100%-done points, but once we hit them … it’s not fun. Especially in today’s culture, stress is seen as a badge of honor. You’re not working hard enough unless you’re stressed to the max! No, thanks. We all know stress has a negative effect on our health, but sometimes, it just seems so difficult to relax. Don’t worry! Here is my list of lovely, stress-relieving activities that will have you feeling better in no time.
Activities to Help You Destress
1. Go for a walk
Well, duh. This is a pretty obvious one. Taking a break to go for a walk is a great way to relieve some stress. Just make sure you’re not using your time to stress about how stressed you are! Find somewhere nice, preferably outdoors, and take a stroll. I love to go do a lap around the lake in my neighborhood. There’s the cutest swan family! Get outside and get moving.
2. Color a pretty picture
When I was little, my biggest problems in life were dealing with the kindergarten love triangle I was a part of (true story) and making sure I got the good crayons at recess. Breaking out my coloring book makes me feel like a kid again. It’s actually proven that coloring is great for helping with stress, so grab some markers! This is my favorite coloring book. Do you like to color to destress? Tag me on Instagram @findingthewardrobe!
3. Grab some knitting needles
Yarn isn’t just for grandmas anymore, ladies and gents! Knitting is super-relaxing, and you even get a lovely handmade little something when you’re done. Not sure where to start? Check out Christine’s blog, iKnits. She also has an amazing YouTube channel where she breaks everything down. She’s awesome! Knitting is tricky at first, but you’ll get the hang of it. Here are a couple projects I’ve made!
Don’t mind my huge Drake eyebrows.
4. Read a for-fun book
This is my fail-proof go-to for when I need to destress fast. Reading helps me relax, take my mind off things, and lose myself in another world. If you’re looking for a good book to read, try the Book of the Month Club! I found it a couple months ago, and now a hard-cover novel pops up on my doorstep every single month. I never run out of reading material. It’s awesome! In fact, if you sign up right now, you can get $10 off 3- or 12-month memberships with the code BOOK10. Totally worth it.
Oh, and my recommendation? Right now I’m loving Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend. It’s about an unlikely spy right before WWII. It’s fascinating.
I love spilling my heart out on paper. Sometimes my brain is ahead of my hand and I’m thinking faster than I can possibly write, so I also keep an online journal in my absolutely favorite-ever app, OneNote. Getting what you’re thinking and feeling down on paper can help you sort through it. If you’re feeling stressed about something, writing it out is a fantastic way to deal with it.
6. Work out
What? I can barely manage a workout on a GOOD day, let alone when I’m stressed! Let me tell you, friends, there’s no better way to clear your head than a solid workout. For me, that comes in the form of an awesome weightlifting session set to a playlist full of pumping bass. I’ve completely fallen in love with weightlifting, and I get more and more addicted the more I do it. My workouts are my me-time, and when they don’t happen, I suffer both mentally and physically. Start small with a Pilates video or two and see how it makes you feel!
Meditation is another quick and easy way to clear your mind. While there are lots of great apps out there, both free and paid, that will help you get started meditating, I really like Headspace. There are guided meditations for all kinds of purposes (dealing with anxiety, relationships, stress, etc), some of which are free. You can upgrade to a premium membership where you get access to all the different recorded sessions, but for now, I’m good with the regular membership.
How do you keep stress at bay?