8 Things To Do When You're Stressed to De-Stress

8 Things To Do When You're Stressed to De-Stress

Here are 8 little things I recommend for when you're feeling overwhelmed.

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School? Friends? Relationships? Work? Family? Whatever is stressing you out, sometimes you just need to take a little break and walk away to cool down. Some people like to go to the gym and others take a hot bath...here are some things that I do whenever I get to be feeling overwhelmed.

1. Read a book.

If you're anxious about something going on in your life, here's a semi-productive way to de-stress. Not only do you have the chance to take your mind off of whatever is bothering you by being immersed in a good book, you keep your mind active.

2. Take a nap.

Sometimes, you just need a little time to recharge and take a break from overthinking. A quick nap can make a huge difference in how you look at things.

3. Eat a snack.

Sometimes you just need some food in your stomach to help you think more clearly. Try to stick to healthier choices like fruits or low-calorie options, but sometimes you can benefit from feeding your sweet tooth. Also, drink lots of water!

4. Watch your favorite show / movie.

Not only is this a way to pass the time, but it's also another great way to get your mind off of what is irking you. Picking a show with overly-dramatic events can help you put your problems into perspective.

5. Find a creative outlet.

Whether you're into writing music or drawing figures, being creative can let your mind "breathe" and recalibrate. A lot of people find that journaling or writing out their thoughts is an easy way to get to the bottom of what is really worrying them. Personally, I like to doodle, draw, or paint as a way to relax.

6. Talk to someone.

If you're struggling, it can be helpful to get another perspective or at least have someone listen. Talking to your friends, family, or even someone specific to the situation can relieve some stress. This can show you that you're not alone, that you have people in your corner, and can help you sort out your own thoughts.

7. Aromatherapy.

It doesn't work for everyone, but using calming scents can really change your atmosphere and therefore your attitude. My favorites to help me de-stress are lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint, or a citrus mix to brighten my mood. Check out my brief crash course in essential oils here for more info!

8. Face your fears.

Sometimes, the only way to get rid of your stress over your situation is to face it head-on. For example, if you're stressed about a huge homework assignment that is due this week, you should probably just suck it up and do the work. I often find that homework takes a lot less time than I figured it would when I actually sit down and work on it.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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I Stopped Wearing Makeup For A Week And I've Never Felt More Confident

You don't need makeup to look and feel beautiful if you don't want to.

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I began wearing makeup in middle school for special occasions. Whenever there was a school dance, I'd don on some mascara and I would feel beautiful. This continued until the end of my sophomore year of high school when I decided that putting on makeup would become part of my everyday morning routine. Eventually, wearing makeup was something people expected to see rather than something that I wore on occasion.

Things stayed the same until my freshman year of college. There were some days during my first year in college that I couldn't be bothered to wear makeup, because I was in a rush. However, whenever these days occurred, I usually had friends ask me why I was so tired and if everything was okay. I have prominent bags under my eyes that I usually cover up with a concealer, and though I slept enough and tried many remedies, they just wouldn't disappear. Without my makeup though, my friends were concerned and thought that something might be wrong. While they had good intentions, I thought that I must not look good without my makeup.

From then on, I started wearing makeup every day, no matter what. If I went to grab some food quick, I had to wear makeup. Review session for math on Saturday in the morning? Makeup. Volunteering for a club? Makeup. Class? Makeup, always makeup. If there was any chance that I would run into someone that I knew I had to put on makeup because I felt that I would be judged and wanted to look my best at all times.

When I started taking an 8 a.m. class this semester, something changed.

One day, I was running late and was rushing to get to my class on time. I didn't have time to put on any makeup before class. At first, I was self-conscious without any makeup covering up my circles and I felt naked. I thought that people would notice, but I don't think that anyone even noticed. The following week, I had exams and felt that getting a few more minutes of sleep was much more satisfying than putting on makeup, so I went without any makeup that week. At first, I was still self-conscious of not having anything on my face to cover up the imperfections, but as the week wore on, I felt free. Without any makeup, I never had to take any off at night. Normally my mascara takes forever to get off, which is a hassle. Also, I felt that without the makeup, I felt like I looked better over time. I was more confident about how I looked with and without the makeup.

Since that fateful week of not wearing makeup, I've found that not wearing any makeup to be extremely freeing. While I do still sometimes put it on, it is no longer a necessity. If you wear makeup constantly, I suggest trying to go without wearing makeup for a few days. There's nothing wrong with wearing makeup, and there also isn't anything wrong with not wearing makeup either.

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