15 Things To Do To De-Stress

15 Things To Do To De-Stress

Did you make the time to unplug today?
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Everyone gets a little bit stressed sometimes. Here are some tips on how to help relieve that negative energy!

1. Write in a planner/journal

Writing in a planner or a journal is a great way to de-stress. By putting all of your thoughts into one place you do not have to worry about forgetting to do something throughout your day. Rather than being stressed trying to think of the many tasks and things that you have to get done writing in a planner or journal solves this problem.

2. Clean/organize


Whether this is your room, car or even your closet it is a good idea to clean out and organize your belongings. When things are messy it is much harder to find what you need which leads to stressful situations of rushing to find something. Save yourself the hassle and get your things in order.

3. Read a book/magazine

Reading a book or a magazine is so relaxing. Whenever you need to take a break from the stress of school or work pull out your favorite book or magazine and start reading!

4. Go to the gym

Going to the gym to workout is a good way to relieve stress. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which generates positive feelings. Therefore you will feel much better after you workout.

5. Take a break from electronics

Try and carve out at least an hour in your day to take a break from your electronics. Taking an hour to unplug before bed can calm your mind and help you to have a more restful night of sleep.

6. Take a walk outside

Walk in your neighborhood, walk in a park, walk on your old high school track or on a nature trail or beach. Just get outside to enjoy the weather and nature. Being outside also has the added benefit of giving you your required amount of vitamin D for the day.

7. Play with a pet

Whose pet doesn't like to play? Take the time out of your busy day to play with them.

8. Listen to calm music/color

Create a playlist of mellow songs that make you feel good. Turn on this playlist whenever you are feeling stressed and color at the same time. These days adult coloring books can be found in a variety of stores; the Dollar Tree, Michaels, HomeGoods and Barnes and Noble.

9. Meditate/yoga

If your schedule allows it, try and take at least fifteen minutes when you first get up in the morning to meditate and do your stretches. It is a great way to wake up your body for the day. Even taking a yoga class at your local studio is known to help relax your body and mind.

10. Take a bubble bath/light a candle

It goes without saying that taking a bubble bath after a long school day or work day will relax your body. Lighting a candle or throwing in aromatherapy soap or bath salts will help to make your bath that much more appealing to your senses.

11. Eat dark chocolate

It is a fact that consuming dark chocolate can help to lower stress levels. So purchase your favorite type of dark chocolate and treat yourself to a little bit each day.

12. Drink a hot cup of tea/hot water with lemon

Studies prove that drinking something hot helps to soothe your throat therefore making you more relaxed and stress-free. I recommend trying chamomile tea or sleepy time tea to help aid you in getting a restful sleep.

13. Enjoy a spa day

Take the time to book an appointment at your local spa. Choose spa menu items: massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, seaweed body wrap and/or deep tissue massage.

14. Use stress relief lotions/sprays

Looking for some good stress relief products? Try Bath and Body Works body lotions, body washes and sprays. They come in a great variety of scents such as; eucalyptus spearmint, lavender vanilla, orange ginger, black currant vanilla, and black chamomile. I guarantee they will instantly make you feel more relaxed when being used. (They are currently running a special online).

15. Take a nap

It is a known fact that taking a nap for at least 20 minutes a day will help to reduce stress levels. It doesn't matter when you take a nap so try and squeeze one in when it is convenient for you. Whether it is between a class or during your lunch hour it is a great way to renew your energy.

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100 Ways To Practice Self-Care In Your Everyday Life, In 20 Minutes Or Less

Simple ways to start taking care of yourself.

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Life is overwhelming and distracting so it's easy to forget about yourself sometimes, but practicing small self-care acts is easy. Making time for yourself every day isn't selfish and is really good for your mental health. I think it's important for everyone to spend time doing things that make them happy and more calm, even if you only dedicate 20 minutes each day. Putting yourself first can lead to growth so many other aspects of your life.

Obviously, each person is allowed to practice self-care in their own unique way, but here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Do something new. 

2. Make a list of things you need to get done that week. 

3. Drink some hot tea. 

4. Go for a walk on a scenic trail.

5. Paint your nails.

6. Have a good laugh.

7. Buy yourself flowers.

8. Light a candle.

9. Do some tidying up.

10. Don't feel bad for saying 'no.'

11. Listen to music.

12. Slow down.

13. Drink a smoothie.

14. Run mindless errands.

15. Write down your goals for the week.

16. Talk to someone about the future.

17. Wake up early and get coffee. 

18. Take care of a plant. 

19. Take a bubble bath. 

20. Give yourself a compliment.

21. Give a stranger a compliment.

22. Watch a movie.

23. Put your phone down.

24. Declutter your personal space.

25. Go to bed early. 

26. Pray or meditate. 

27. Go for a drive. 

28. Make it a habit to stargaze. 

29. Read a book. 

30. Read poems. 

31. Sing loudly. 

32. Make a list of things you're grateful for. 

33. Drink a lot of water. 

34. Put on make-up for no reason.

35. Watch funny videos. 

36. Take a deep breath. 

37. Distance yourself from negativity. 

38. Unfollow people you don't care to follow on social media. 

39. Have a pajama day. 

40. Read an inspirational book. 

41. Call your parents/ loved ones. 

42. Donate old clothing. 

43. Dedicate a day out of the week to not eating meat. 

44. Do a fun craft or DIY project. 

45. Put on a face mask and relax. 

46. Do a small workout. 

47. Take a power nap. 

48. Listen to a podcast. 

49. Open a window. 

50. Open your curtains in the morning to let in natural light. 

51. Make your bed. 

52. Cook dinner instead of eating out. 

53. Play/ cuddle with an animal. 

54. At the end of the day, think of all the positive things that happened.

55. Moisturize. 

56. Buy a comforting blanket. 

57. Give someone a hug. 

58. Create a vision board. 

59. Have some alone time.

60. Enjoy the sun on your skin. 

61. Dance like nobody is watching.

62. Walk in the rain every once in a while. 

63. Drive with the windows down. 

64. Give someone a gift for no reason. 

65. Get a massage. 

66. Do something that gets your adrenaline running. 

67. Spend the day at the library or a book store. 

68. Organize your work space/ binders. 

69. Spend a weekend in. 

70. Recognize hard work and reward yourself. 

71. Sign up for a work out class. 

72. Eat lunch with a friend. 

73. Spend the day helping others. 

74. Get your hair done. 

75. Have a good cry. 

76. Use sticky notes. 

77. Color code your planner. 

78. Print out pictures and hang them up. 

79. Hang motivational quotes on your mirror and read them when you get ready. 

80. Do random acts of kindness. 

81. Buy fuzzy socks. 

82. Redecorate or rearrange furniture. 

83. Be present. 

84. Set a new years resolution. 

85. Make a bucket list. 

86. Stretch in the morning. 

87. Watch an interesting documentary. 

88. Make a music playlist.

89. Watch the sunrise or sunset. 

90. Explore somewhere new.

91. Be slow to respond to negativity. 

92. Have a game night with friends. 

93. Buy concert tickets. 

94. Have a nightly routine before bed. 

95. Eat your favorite dessert. 

96. Do something you've been putting off. 

97. Invest in essential oils. 

98. Manage your finances. 

99. Buy a new outfit. 

100. Make your own gratitude list. 

Try at least one of these every week and see how you feel! I guarantee you will notice a difference in the way you are living your life.

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Sleep Is So Vital, As I Faced The Struggle At Work

Get your hours or die at work.

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It is pretty obvious that sleep is vital in our lives; it helps us function, move about our day, and helps us think, and just feel "stable." Sometimes though, I think I can survive on sleep. And I am always wrong.

I hear that at least 7 hours of sleep are good for adults who work. Some days I get two, like today. Sometimes it is not my fault, like the reason today I got two hours was because my brain was thinking and thinking; I even went to bed early. Also, working overnights is rough. It's a new adjustment, not like your 9-5.

I also teach dance once a week in the middle of the day, which also does not help with sleep. Right smack in the middle of the day, I have to get up.

Well, I need to figure out a way to get sleep, because me almost nodding off at work, struggling to keep my eyes open, and being overall weak and cranky, is not cutting it for me. So I need sleep, and so do you.

You need sleep to not only function at work, but to even feel somewhat stable. When I am at work struggling to keep my eyes open, I am unable to focus and even pay attention because I am trying to focus on other things to keep me up, instead of my work. I am also worrying about staying up that I do not even realize I am making myself more tired. I am telling you, if you are thinking about a late night, think about tiredness you can feel at work the next day; it is miserable.

Sleep is not only good for work but like I said, your emotions can get screwed. I am super weak and cranky when I do not get sleep. I barely want to talk to people and I can get feisty. Be aware of how sleeping can affect how you communicate; it can get really bad.

You can actually get sick. Like I said as well, I get super weak and feel hot sometimes when I don't sleep. My face feels flushed and looks red, my eyes look too shiny and shot; it's just not a good look. I also do not have the motivation to get decently dressed, and my depression and anxiety will rise...

If you have trouble sleeping, consider seeing a doctor about sleep medicine. Even medicine for physical and mental health issues can help you feel better and sleep more soundly. If you have trouble sleeping, plan on being in bed a half hour early to give your self that time to try and sleep.

Get a comfortable mattress, pillow, and blanket it helps. Dark rooms help as well and adjusting temperature to where you feel content helps a lot. If you work overnights like me, blackout curtains are great if you are sensitive to light.

TURN YOUR PHONES OFF! I realize when I wake up in the middle of the night and stare at my phone for a minute, my eyes then widen up, so it takes me a while to fall back asleep. The light can burn!

Noise makes may help. Also, try self-meditating before sleeping to clear your mind. Also, relax before you go to bed, whether that is watching your favorite show, reading, writing, etc. You don't want to go to bed with a mind full of jumbled information.

I am telling you, try to get at least six hours of sleep every night. You won't regret it. I am simply venting to tell you how important sleep is. You won't regret getting your sleep.


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