11 Ways to De-Stress

Sometimes, we get overwhelmed. Sometimes you need to take some time for yourself to de-stress and that's what we're going to talk a...

Sometimes, we get overwhelmed. Sometimes you need to take some time for yourself to de-stress and that's what we're going to talk about today.
How to Relieve Stress

I don't currently have a job, although when this posts I'll be getting ready for my first job interview since 2012. It's safe to say, I'm pretty stressed at the moment.
I haven't been working since May of 2015. I've been a "house wife" for the past 11 months. I have many things that hold me back from working and things like that, but we'll talk about that in an upcoming post.

Since I've been at home, you would like to think I'm stress-free, but that would be totally false. I'm just full of stress. My husband works full time. I keep the house clean and I feed him. I do all of the grocery shopping, I take care of the 8 pets. I run all of the errands, essentially if it needs to be done, I'm doing it. If we're short on money, it falls to me to figure out how to pay the bills. If there's a problem with the car, I have to get it fixed. I do much more than stay at home and watch Netflix all day, although if that can be my job, sign me up NOW.

The point is, no matter what your job you have stress. Everyone deals with stress. But here are a few simple things I do to de-stress.

  • Go to the gym. This works better than pretty much anything I've tried. If I'm super stressed, I like to go to the gym. I always feel better when I leave. If you don't have a gym membership and don't want one, try a work out at home.
  • Go for a walk. It seems any type of exercise is helpful.
  • Take an hour to watch Netflix. Sometimes, something so simple as watching an episode or two of your favorite show can help you to feel better.
  • Take a nap. This is the opposite of exercise, but sometimes you just need a nap.
  • Do a face mask, hair mask, etc. Doing something like this for yourself can really help you to feel better and temporarily forget your problems. I'll have a face & hair mask recipe coming in a post next week.
Adult Coloring Books

  • Color. Yes, I do know how that sounds. And no, I'm not joking. They make adult coloring books and they seriously help. A lot. It's one of the best ways to de-stress.
  • Listen to music. Turn on music and just listen to it. This can be really soothing. You can always dance around your house if you want. (Not recommended if you aren't alone, haha).
  • Light a candle & read a book. The combination of the two can be really soothing. I actually have a specific candle scent for when I'm stressed that I only burn when I need to de-stress. Obviously, books can really take your mind off anything, since you typically get lost in a book.
  • Take a long, hot bath. If nothing else, this should be extremely relaxing. Wine helps, but when doesn't wine help?
  • If trying to forget the problems doesn't work, make a plan. I do this when I'm worrying about bills. Make a plan that you can stick to to help the situation. Make a budget, do whatever needs to be done. Even if in the end you don't have it totally figured out, trying to find a solution will help.
  • Yell. No I'm not joking. I don't recommend this if you have small children or live in an apartment building. However, if your neighbors won't call the cops on you, just yell. Seriously, it works. 
Obviously, these are not all of the ways you can de-stress and there are so many more. I'll be writing a post about living with extreme social anxiety, triggers and how to deal with it very, very soon. It's been a difficult post to write, but I'll get it out by the end of the month.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. This is a great post. I can 100% relate to your situation...I closed my business in March and am transitioning into blogging full-time. So even though developing my brand, creating content, and working out a social media plan IS MY JOB, I've picked up a lot more of the around-the-house responsibilities and can 100% relate to what you're saying here. Your tips are fabulous - bubble baths, long walks with the dog, and Netflix are my favorite ways to decompress.

    Good luck at your job interview!! <3

  2. All great tips on how to destress. I pretty much run on stress and an obscene amount of coffee. How did the interview go??

  3. Great ideas. I was totally stressed the other day and on the verge of tears so I laid down with a book which calmed me down.
    I hope your job interview went well.

  4. I've been a "housewife" for 8 years...I know these feels.

  5. Great tips! And it's true coloring does help, I do it all the time!

  6. So timely for me right now. Stress is my middle name.

  7. Great tips!! Nothing beats a good book and a candle :)

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  8. great ideas! im a fan of a good walk or music!!


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