Life can get a little hectic and overwhelming and stress can creep up really quickly. When Tom and I decided to relocate, it meant looking for a new place to live, changing our lifestyles, learning the ins and outs of a new city, meeting new people and getting settled. In the process of all this change, I started this personal lifestyle blog. So much was new so fast that that it caused me to feel so overwhelmed. Over the last few years, I learned to manage my stress better. Below are some tips that helped me and hopefully, it helps you, too.
1) Get some Fresh Air
When something feels overwhelming, step back and take a break. Going for a walk, bike ride or a run can be so nice. The fresh air can take your mind off of things.
2) Change the Scenery
Sometimes a change in scenery can give you inspiration and help you feel refreshed. If sitting at the desk is overwhelming you, get up and make a tea or coffee. If you’re a home, go out. If you’re able to, lay down and rest. You can also get an adult coloring book and color for an hour. If you have the time, visiting a new cafe, park or restaurant can lift your spirits.
Before Tom and I moved, we went on a huge road trip and really enjoyed the views and the unique spots. There were times where I felt a little overwhelmed by all of the tasks I’d have to do after moving, so new and exciting experiences really lifted my spirits. The point is, a proper break or changing the environment can make you more productive when you get back to addressing the task at hand.
3) Listen to Music
I can’t express how many times music has made me feel better. If I’m having a bad day, I blast up the music and shut everything else out. Find the right music that puts you in a better mood. It can go so bad so fast if you play music that continues to drag you down.
4) Go to Your Happy Outlet
My happy outlet is attending events or hitting the gym. Occasionally I like to go shopping or watch a movie. I choose to go back to what originally overwhelmed or stressed me out after I feel refreshed. I know that all of those aren’t for for everyone, but doing things that help you relax or feel happy are so important. Often, you can go back to a challenge with a new perspective and new ideas.
5) Book a Massage or Go to the Spa
This is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I love going to the spa, especially really good ones with additional water therapies included with a massage treatment, so I can really experience a day of unwinding. If money is an issue, look into daily flash sale sites or search for local spas to see if they have any promotions. Sometimes you’ll come across a spectacular deal. I’ve been really lucky a couple of times.
I hope some of these tips help. How do you manage your stress? I’d love to hear.
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