When you reach a certain point in your life, it becomes so apparent how important stress relief is for your body, mind and soul.
Working full time, blogging (almost full time), running a home and trying to keep everyone around me happy can be overwhelming. I’m a damn good overthinker too which doesn’t help! I’ve always struggled with switching off. Switching off from my work, my laptop and updating social media can be a nightmare.
I’ve made it one of my goals this year to shake up my work-life balance and try not to stress about the little things as much! The past year has really taught me how easy it is to get stressed. Although, it’s also taught me a few things that I can do to tackle it.
I’m one of those women that never has “me” time.
I have never done, it’s terrible! This is the time when I should allow myself to switch off and try to reduce my stress levels, but I never seem to “find the time”. It needs to change.
Meet positive people.
I’m very much a “people” person. For me, surrounding myself with positive, happy people is a must! Those kinds of people that no matter what is going on in their lives, they still have the best outlook! These are the kinds of people you need. Being around guys and gals with a positive attitude can instantly uplift your mood.
Pamper yourself! Relax and have a soak in the bath.
Taking a bath can instantly help relax your body. Especially with candles, ugh I love candles! I’m completely crushing on the Pecksniff’s candles at the moment. They have gorgeous aromatherapy ones which I have picked up from TK Maxx. I don’t think anywhere else sells them, or I can’t find them, but they are to die for! I have deep-sleep, de-tox and relax. They smell amazing and really help you to unwind. I tend to find I can’t do anything else in the bath apart from just lying there in the dark haha but you could try listening to relaxing music or even reading a book to help you feel totally zen.
Simplify your life.
In this day-and-age life can be pretty busy for everyone. The more we strive for and the more successful we aim to be, the more stressful we make our lives. Even though I’m planning to up my blogging game this year, sometimes you need to step back and evaluate in what time-frame you’re going to achieve your goals in. As I’m living in the countryside now, I’m trying to get out more and go for walks. Leaving my computer on my desk and just getting out into the fresh air! Being outside really helps to lift my mood. Going for a 30-minute walk isn’t going to jeopardise my blogging goals.
Yoga and/or meditation.
Yoga definitely has to be a go-to for me if I ever want to destress. I find it so incredibly soothing and calming, not only for the body but for the mind as well. It’s slow and gentle and you can take it at your own pace. I’ve been using the Yoga Stretch for Beginners and Beyond with Jessica Smith DVD which is fantastic and only £10.95! You can also find tonnes of 15-minute sessions on YouTube too 🙂 Once I’ve done it a couple of times and I roughly know the routine I tend to mute the volume and put my own meditation type music on. It’s so soothing it’s unreal and really helps me to unwind.
Write a thoughts journal.
When I get particularly overwhelmed or when my anxiety plays up, I put my thoughts down in a little notebook that I keep at the side of my bed. It’s great to be able to write down exactly what you’re feeling and thinking without worrying that anyone is going to judge you. Because I love writing, mine tends to fill up quite quickly so I’m constantly on the hunt for more cute notebooks! I tend to pick up mine from TK Maxx as they do the cutest stationary. Saying that, I have recently fallen in love with Paperchase too. They’ve started to get some super pretty notebooks in.
“Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting things done. Sometimes it’s perfectly OK, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back and do nothing”
What are your top tips for de-stressing? Let me know in the comments 🙂