This year has been nuts. With everything that’s happened and the crazy pace I’ve been keeping, I’ve really been taking some time for myself. It’s important to me to ensure I have a good balance or else, I just won’t function properly and end up in a depressive rut.
Thankfully, I have a rock solid support system who are always around to lend an ear (or a hug). With this, I’ve managed to push through tough times with a strong sense of confidence, better mindfulness and some lessons learned.
I sat down and compiled a list of stress-relieving tips to share with all of you. These all really helped me, and I know they can be of benefit to all of you too.
- If I’m stressed out about something in particular, I talk to my sisters, husband and/or close friends about it. It immediately feels better to let it out, and my peeps are pretty good about giving me some insight into my problem or advice on how to solve it/de-stress.
- I watch tv. Sounds like a time-waster, right? For me, it’s a great way to unwind and turn my brain off for a bit. And how can you think about your stresses with a bunch of Real Housewives screeching at each other at the top of their lungs?
- Running! I’m no Usain Bolt, but I do enjoy running. It de-stresses me beautifully, clearing my head, giving me time to think and releasing all of those great endorphins. Without fail, I always feel way better after a good run.
- Indulging in retail therapy helps me. I don’t care what anybody says! I keep it stress-free by writing a list of things I actually need or by focusing on buying one little treat like flowers or nail polish.
- Walking is one of my huge loves. I’m known for what I call my “Canal Mega Walks”. At over 8km long, This waterfront walk offers me about an hour or so of head-clearing time to enjoy the sights, get some exercise and think things through.
- Get back in touch with nature! Hit the trails for a walk, go camping, ride your bike, enjoy the sounds of the birds, the flowers, the fresh air. So good!
- Gather your squad and have some fun. Doesn’t have to be anything major. Get together to watch your favourite Netflix show, go for brunch – whatever. Just round up your crew, relax and have fun. Let the laughs flow!
- I got this tip from one of my fave bloggers of all time: rename your iPhone alarms with positive messages. Mine used to be: “Get the f*ck up, Laze Ass!” and “Working for the weekend.” These aren’t the most inspiring words to read first thing in the morning. How about renaming an alarm something like: “YOU ROCK!” or “Name 5 Things You Are Grateful For”? This gets your day started on a positive note!
- A few weeks ago, instead of rushing around the house like a crazy person to get to work, I woke up a little early to refill my bird feeders. Starting the day out in my garden under the sun, coffee in hand with a bunch of goldfinches anxiously awaiting their breakfast set the tone for a great day. I left the house feeling calm and happy for a change. Not even terrible public transit could ruin my mood that day.
- Respect your body by eating healthy. Yeah – that Five Guys burger is pretty much sex in a wrapper, but you feel crappy after eating it. Eating balanced, nutritious meals feeds your body and mind boosting your energy and boosting your mood.
- Good, damn music! I grab my little sound system that packs a huge punch and listen to my fave tracks. I bust a move like no one’s watching and I feel amazing.
- Walk your pup. One day, my dog and I will walk around the neighbourhood having fun like best buds. I just need to get Ryan on board with adopting a maltipoo.
- Read a great book. Some of my faves: The Woman In Cabin 10 (creepy!!) and Girl Boss.
- Stop hanging around negative people. Misery loves company. This is a HUGE game changer.
Over to my pals! Here is how some of my close friends and family destress!
“I love a good Epsom salt bath and good book with of course, pampering scrubs and lotions. Oooh – and dandelion tea!”
“The best way to de-stress for me is a date night with my love. We drink wine, solve the world’s problems, and make crazy plans for the future. It’s my favourite thing to do!”
“I run!! And eat Nutella!”
“I know that stress will quickly effect my perspective for the day and my attitude. I try to take a moment wherever I am to close my eyes and think about all of the things I have in my ife that make me smile. make me happy and that I am grateful for. Focusing on these blessings and simple, happy things reminds me that I have already won at life.”
“I walk by the water near my parents’ house, get on my cruiser and bike through the trails, snuggle with my cats and watch Netflix…”
“I do the obvious. I go for an hour-long massage.”
Got any awesome stress-kicking tips? Share with us!