The Best Ways to De-stress

Life is stressful sometimes. Work or school or family catches up with us, and when it all becomes too much we just get overwhelmed with the stress. It’s a vicious cycle, but fortunately I’ve found ways to relieve stress and get back on the grind in no time. Keep reading to learn more about my methods!

YOGA

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No matter what type of yoga you do, whether it’s sweaty vinyasa yoga or simply taking a few minutes to sit and stretch on your mat, taking that time out of your day to give back to your body is one of the best ways to let go of stress. Our bodies tend to hold onto the stress we accumulate throughout the day which leaves you with tense shoulders and hips. Taking the time to stretch makes you feel better—mentally and physically!

MEDITATE

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This can seem counterintuitive when all you want to do is work, and get things checked off your to-do list. However, sometimes you just need to take the time to slow down and collect your thoughts. Getting overwhelmed will lead to exhaustion, and sometimes even depression, which makes it that much harder to get things done. Sitting in silence can oftentimes be the best thing to do. Click here to read my specific meditation techniques!

TAKE A STEP OUTSIDE

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I’ve been very lucky to live in an area with fairly good weather year round for most of my life, but no matter the weather, spending time in nature is amazing. Sometimes I’ll grab my phone and just take a walk on the beach while answering emails and doing other work things. The sand in between your toes is exfoliating and I’m convinced that walking barefoot on the beach melts your stress away. Maybe it’s the proximity to the ocean, maybe it’s just the exfoliating nature of the sand, but either way, it clears my head. (Make sure to take at least five minutes to put your phone away and get away from work too!)

GET ORGANIZED

A bullet journal (like mine, pictured above) is one easy way to keep track of everything you need to get done for the week.

A bullet journal (like mine, pictured above) is one easy way to keep track of everything you need to get done for the week.

I’m obsessed with making lists. If anyone looked in my phone they would probably be a little freaked out, as I have about 400 notes just sitting in my notes app. I just make lists every time I get stressed, so I can get all my ideas out and think straight about what I need to do. Making lists (or keeping a bullet journal) allows you to physically see what needs to get done, and wrap your mind around your tasks. I also like to keep a notepad next to me while I do my morning yoga, so that if I think of something I need to do I can write it down and get back to focusing on my yoga practice without my mind juggling all of the things I have to remember.

CUDDLE WITH ANIMALS

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Okay, this one is obvious. We’ve all seen countless studies about how cuddling animals helps to relieve stress (that’s why they bring dogs to hospitals and nursing homes, after all). It’s a lot easier in theory, however, as we don’t always have access to cute animals to cuddle. Some solutions are hanging with friends who have pets, stealing your neighbors (with permission of course), or even going to a local animal shelter and volunteering!

TAKE A BATH

I took this bath in Costa Rica, but it doesn't have to be the prettiest bath to be relaxing. All you need is warm water and some bubbles!

I took this bath in Costa Rica, but it doesn't have to be the prettiest bath to be relaxing. All you need is warm water and some bubbles!

You cannot be stressed out in a bubble bath. It’s literally impossible. Whether it’s just a regular bubble bath or you decide to put Epsom salt or a bath bomb in it, the bath will relax your muscles and give you some time to yourself. Taking this time to just focus on your hygiene and well being is important; just like they say on airplanes, take care of yourself first.

CHECK YOUR EATING HABITS

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What you eat directly influences how you feel. If you eat a bunch of sugar and foods that are bad for you, you’re going to feel bad. It’s scientifically proven. If you want some delicious healthy vegan recipes, check out one of my last blog posts on my favorite fall foods!