Stress and anxiety are two things that I’ve unfortunately had a tough battle with for many years. There have been many bumps along the road, but I can say with confidence that my anxiety has gotten so much better compared to how it was just about four or five years ago.
Along this journey, one of my main priorities has been to find something that I can resort to whenever I find myself getting overwhelmed, stressed or anxious. For me it has always been important to find natural ways to relieve stress and lessen my anxiety, so I thought I would share a few of the things that have helped me so much that I hope can be useful to you.
If you follow my blog’s Instagram, you’ll know that I am a stickler for positive affirmations. Every now and then I love to write down affirmations that have just popped up into my head into my journal and I love to save a bunch to my phone that stick out to me on Pinterest or Instagram. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them!
Not going to lie, I used to think affirmations and positive quotes were incredibly tacky, but that’s because I never gave them a try for myself. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. They are so helpful and can really set the tone for a wonderful day. You’d be amazed at how many just speak to your situation directly!
Put Down The Phone
The last thing you want to do when feeling stressed or anxious is go on your phone just to flood your mind with more emails, notifications and tasks that you’ll eventually have to handle at one point or another throughout the day or week.
Don’t go on your phone first thing when you wake up! Give yourself at least 20-30 minutes to set a positive intention for the day. The same goes for whenever you are feeling overwhelmed. Rather than go on your phone, focus on something else like your breathing, reading an affirmation or doing whatever it is that you enjoy doing.
Talk to Someone You Trust
For me, this person is my best friend. I can always count on her to answer my snapchat messages or phone calls whenever I need someone to rant or vent to. You’ve probably heard this tip many times before, but I can assure you, it works!
Bottling up how you’re feeling inside is never a good feeling nor is it good for your mental health. I always feel so much, if not, entirely better after talking things out with my friend. If you don’t feel like you have someone like this in your life; DM me! I’m always here to listen and talk.
Bask in The Sun
I know for me when I am feeling anxious, stressed or a little bit down, I just feel like sleeping in my dark room all day. But just a little sunlight has the power to completely switch your mood I’ve noticed.
I love to go in my sunroom to lay in there because I can always count on that room to be filled with a ton of natural light. The warmth of the sun makes me feel so good and instantly relaxes me.
Throw Yourself a Self-Care Night
This is one of my favorite ways to de-stress. I like to choose either Friday or Sunday night to dedicate time solely to self-care. Friday nights are a perfect way to unwind especially after a long week of school or work, and Sunday nights are a great way to prepare your mind, body and soul for another week.
My self-care nights typically involve taking a long shower or bath, throwing on a mask and putting on my favorite music while I wait for it to dry. It allows me to forget about all my responsibilities for the day and just enjoy time to myself.
Practice Mindful Eating
A lot of times when we are stressed or anxious we find that our minds feel like it’s all over the place. This can make it really difficult to focus our attention on the little things, (like eating!). Mindful eating is a tip I learned from my nutritionist not too long ago.
Get rid of all distractions and focus on every single bite that you take from your meal. This is a practice that involves solely listening to your body whether that be when you’re hungry or when you’re full. It combines the practice of mindfulness with an activity we do every single day. I love to do this to clear my mind as well.
Reflect on the GOOD
Something I’ve been trying to do more and more lately when I’m having a rough day is to think of at least three good things that happened during the day no matter how bad I felt it went. This is something you can even write down or just prepare a mental list in your head.
This is such a great habit to get into because it shifts your focus from reflecting just on the negativity. It allows you to develop a more positive outlook on life and reminds the importance of taking each day one at a time.
What are your favorite ways to de-stress, relax and unwind? You might be able to help someone else.