If you’re reading this you’re probably stressed like me! I am a person that is stressed out a lot of the time, sometimes I don’t even know, but someone will point it out and ask me, and I will think for a bit and say “oh.. I think I am.”
Stressed out and about? Yep.
Stressed at work? Yep.
Stressed at home? Sometimes, yes!
If this is you, then you need to try some relaxation/calming techniques. I’ve been doing some research on how to distress, and I’ve also got some of my own ways of dealing with it.
#1 Do the most important stuff first. Prioritise, and get the annoying things out of the way first, then you don’t have to worry about it! If you sit down and do nothing beforehand then that thing you have been needing to do will keep popping into your head!
#2 Had a long, stressful day at work? The best thing that I found doing was to make the easiest dinner possible (toasted sandwiches, toast, pasta) probably not the best food, but hey, you’ve had a rough day, treat yourself! Once this is done, just chilling for the rest of the night is amazing. Catching up on some TV, reading a book, or even just playing some video games and losing yourself in them.
#3 Listen to music! I live for music. I have loved it since my teenage years. While I’m doing work I find it great to listen to some good tunes, it helps me concentrate. If you’re not a music+working person, then I would suggest getting onto Spotify and having a browse and listen.
#4 Tired? Grumpy? This probably means you haven’t had enough sleep. When I don’t get enough sleep I don’t function at my full potential, I also stress about feeling crap during the day, due to lack of sleep. Especially when I’m going out or have work. Aim for 7-9 hours a day, though it also depends on the person. I know some people that rely on 5 hours, and I think that’s crazy.
#5 Do some exercise. I know it sounds bad. Even just going on a walk helps with stress, and really helps to clear your head. I find when I’m feeling quite stressed and restless, going for a walk helps me to burn away that energy. Find a physical activity that you enjoy. If you don’t like something, try something else. Last year for the first time, I tried out boxing. It was so. much. fun! They offer this at quite a few gyms, and it’s not too hard either, it’s very rhythmic and it’s fine to go at your own pace. Go out and try something new!
#6 I know that most of you are not going to listen to me with this one, but reducing or stopping your intake of caffeine can really help. I find it makes my anxiety go through the roof if I have too much (2-3 coffees is too much for me), so now I’m off coffee. Yes, I know I’m crazy. I have completely replaced coffee with hot chocolate. Give me a hot chocolate and I am one happy girl.
#7 Meditate/do yoga. To be honest, I have never tried this technique myself, but I always see these come up when searching ‘how to de-stress’. I have seen on Google Maps, that there are always a lot of yoga classes around. They tend to not be too expensive either, and this can even be a way to make new friends! Yoga and meditation also includes breathing techniques which really help with calming yourself. 2018 is year to try yoga!
I hope these techniques can help you stay stress-free. There are plenty of other ideas out there, of course this isn’t all of them, these are just some of my favourites!
Let me know what your favourite technique is when it comes to relaxing!