Hi, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! Today I’m touching on a topic that I’ve been dealing with more than normal lately. We all have so many things going on in our lives. I know it’s all different for everyone, but we all have stress we deal with on a daily basis. It’s super helpful to have some simple ways ready to deal with stress when it happens. A lot of people will say you should sleep when you are stressed, but this is not something that works for me. When I am stressed, my mind refuses to stop racing. If I lay down to go to sleep or rest, my mind will ramp up its speed and I won’t be able to think about anything else.
Here are 7 simple ways that work for me and could work for you too when you need to de-stress:
1. Listen to music
This is something I like to do often. And I’ll be honest, depending what kind of mood I’m in will depend on what type of music I listen to. The two most common types of music that I like to listen to when I’m stressed couldn’t be any more different. I love listening to EDM and worship music when I’m feeling stressed. I know it’s a crazy combo, but depending on how I’m feeling with decide which type of music I listen to. I really love the energy that EDM music gives me. This wasn’t something that was always true (just ask Mitch). I used to hate this type of music, but after I heard Mitch listen to it so often, I started to love it. It’s the type of music I listen to when I’m at the gym, and it always gives me energy and allows me to release some of the stress I have.
I also love listening to worship music when I’m stressed. This is something that I’ve recently gotten into within the past few months. Mitch and I have found a church that we love in Raleigh, Hope Community Church. One of the things I love about the church is the amazing music. I even love it so much that I’ve started listening to it outside of being in church. This just helps put things back into perspective for me when I’m stressed about things that aren’t really very important at all in the grand scheme of things.
Let’s be honest here, we all need to vent sometimes. Sometimes it really helps just to talk to someone and get everything off of your mind. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone about what’s stressing you out, grab some paper and write it all down. Just getting it off your shoulders will help a ton!
3. Read a book
I love getting into a good book, but it’s something that I don’t do enough. I really want to do this so much more than what I already do, but I always put it off. Recently, I’ve been reading more right before I go to bed. This helps relax my mind and stop worrying about what went on that day or what’s going to be happening the next day. I just love when I am able to escape my reality and get lost in a good book.
Here are some books that I’ve either read recently or are on my list:
“Laughter is like music for the soul.” We all know the powerful effects that laugher can have on us. A lot of times it’s just getting through that barrier of letting yourself laugh. Watching a funny movie or even a silly video on YouTube can turn our attitudes around and let us forget any stress that we have. Something else I have been trying to do lately is smiling when I am getting ready in the morning. I know it sounds silly, but I heard somewhere that making yourself smile tells your brain that you are happy and in a good mood. Even though that isn’t always the case in the mornings (y’all know I am totes not a morning person), if I can fool my brain into thinking that, I’m all for it!
I’m really not the type of person who likes to do yoga or meditate. I just never really got into it. I know a lot of people do say that yoga helps them relax and de-stress, but it just hasn’t really ever worked that way for me. A few months ago Mitch introduced me to this app that he started using called “Headspace.” There’s a free and paid version that you can get, and it takes just 10 minutes a day. You literally listen to someone talking for 10 minutes, and you feel so relaxed afterwards. If you aren’t too sure about meditation, I would at least give it a try and see what you think!
I know that the internet and social media can bring about a lot of positive things in your life, but it can also bring a lot of negative. Seeing the successes and exciting things friends are doing can make you feel like you aren’t enough, like what you are doing isn’t enough. We all naturally compare ourselves to others whether we want to admit it or not. This can bring on some unnecessary stress. I know it might be difficult, but you can’t even begin to imagine the weight that feels lifted off your shoulders when you just unplug from everything. This includes the internet, your phone, your computer, your television, everything. I actually just did this over the holidays, only for a day, but the release of stress I felt was incredible. I challenge you to try this, and let me know how amazing you feel afterwards!
This is one that always works for me, every single time. I’ve never felt bad about myself after going to the gym. When I’m feeling stressed and I feel like the gym is the last thing I have time for, I MAKE time for it. It helps release so much stress for me and gets me to focus on something else for an hour. Plus, you will feel great afterwards!
What other ways do you like to de-stress?
I’d love to hear some of your ideas! Let me know down in the comments!