I’ve always handled stressful situations differently. I used to smoke to calm my nerves, but since quitting smoking (YAY ME) I’ve had to find different ways to conquer the demon called stress. (Don’t smoke it’s bad for you and it doesn’t help to calm you down, it actually makes you more anxious.)
The first way I de-stress is by having a cup of tea.
Ever since going on holiday with my dad and stepmom who live in England I have said hello to tea and goodbye to coffee most of the time. It’s seriously my new addiction (other than a chai latte). I wake up and I crave tea and in the evenings while cuddled up on my couch I crave it as well. Whenever I’m feeling stressed out I will make myself a cup of tea in my favourite mug my stepmom gave me, and I’ll just have quiet time. During this time I usually will listen to podcasts or music on my laptop and just relax.
The second way I calm myself down is I do some exercise.
Right now my exercise is consisting of yoga and running. I’ve been loving running in Kelowna because it’s still nice enough to wear a t-shirt and shorts. In the evenings it’s breezy but the sun is still beaming down on you, so it’s the perfect time to run. I use the Nike Running app on my iPhone. I think it’s a great app to use because it tells you the distance of your run, your time, your heart rate, and it also keeps all your runs in a log, so you can see if you’re improving. My favourite part is every km a voice comes in and says “You’ve completed ____ km.” It’s nice knowing how far you’ve run and have far you still have to go.
For yoga, I’ve been taking advantage of the two nights a week free yoga at my community centre (How great is that?!) but also I’ve been doing it at home in my personal yoga/meditation space. I’m currently doing the 30 days of Yoga with Adriene on youtube. It’s so good! Just search “Yoga with Adriene” on youtube, and then find the 30 days of yoga videos. You don’t have to do the 30 day challenge, any of her videos are good for a quick 30 minute break. It helps me focus on myself, and not about anything else.
The third thing I do when I’m stressed is I talk about it.
I have a couple of friends who I know I can speak to about anything. These friends know me probably better than I know myself, and are mostly always willing to talk to me. My friend Ryan is probably the best at it, and is like my own personal therapist. He’s just the greatest! Him and I always have great conversations, but whenever I’m in a rut, he’s there to listen. He is always coming up with questions for me to answer, which in turn, helps me solve my problems.
Family is another group to go to when you’re feeling stressed. Whether it’s asking them for help, ranting, or just spending time with them stress seems to melt away when you’re in the company of friends or family.
The fourth thing that helps me de-stress is planning.
I’m a person who loves notebooks, lists, and planning. One thing that makes me stressed is when I know I have so much to do, but just don’t know where to start. When that happens I make a to-do list, with the top priority being number one, and so forth. Nothing feels better than checking, or scratching something off a to-do list!
Planning for me is a big part of my life. My daily planner has notes of when blog posts go up, my schedule, events I have to go to etc. If it wasn’t for planning and being organized I would be a lot more stressed out!
The fifth thing I do is meditate.
I have this little mindfulness book that came in my CalmBox and I read a page of it everyday. I often just lay on my bed with my eyes closed for 10 minutes and just breathe. It really helps to just calm yourself and rejuvenate your mind.
Also during my meditation I write in my gratitude journal.
The sixth thing I do is read.
Escaping reality is okay once in awhile, and I do that by reading a good book. I enjoy getting into character stories. By the end of the book I feel like I know everyone personally, and it makes me focus on that instead of my stress.
What makes you stressed, and how do you solve your stress? Let me know in the comments what you do to combat the demon, so I can maybe learn a few more ways! xx
Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.