Stress. It is something we all have to deal with sometime in our lives, and if you are like me, you are constantly stressed. Between being super involved in different activities and being the oldest child in my home, I am always running around and taking my younger siblings to places. When it comes to coping with my stress, I have found different things to do that have helped me.

1. Listening to calming music or my favorite music.

Whether you need to listen to slow, classical music or hardcore rock music, take a few minutes to an hour of just listening to music. Whatever mood I'm in, music helps me tremendously just calm down and breathe.

2. Take a long hot shower.

Whenever I am stressed out, my whole body takes on a physical toll. I'm usually quite tense, and a long hot shower really helps relieve my muscles of being so tightly wound up. A shower also gives me just time to myself to think.

3. Go out to your favorite food place and get your favorite meal.

Being stressed normally has me running in a million different directions, and sometimes I am doing things I would rather not to. By going out to my favorite food place (which is Panda Express) and getting my favorite meal, it just reminds me that I am okay in my situation because I am eating something I like. When I'm eating something that I enjoy, nothing can stop me. It's just definitely a mental booster and calmer all in one.

4. Spend (at least) 10 minutes meditating.

I don't know what mediating is to you, but in my eyes, it when I just stop whatever I'm doing and breathe in and out slowly. I go over in my head what I have already done and what still needs to be done. By doing this, I am showing myself that I have already completed so much even if I still have a million things to do.

5. Write everything you need to accomplish down.

This may not work for you, but I am a list person. I like to write everything down that way I can cross it off when I complete it. That simple little line through the task makes me feel accomplished therefore easing my stress.

Finding simple things to leave to alleviate my stress levels is important to me. I know that with my need to be super involved that I am going to be stressed; it's just a part of who I am. Hopefully, you can use some of these practices to help you with your stress levels.