Sometimes life is tough…
But really. Sometimes I just wake up in the morning and the first thing I think is, “can I just go back to sleep now and never get up?” It’s a sucky mentality, and I try to erase it every way I know how, but the reality is that there are days where stress overwhelms me and it’s really challenging to handle. I’ve mentioned before that I deal with pretty severe anxiety – and I know I’m not the only one. A friend of mine reached out to me the other day asking if I had ever written a blog post on stress relief, and I was shocked that my answer was no. Why hadn’t I? As much as I boast a focus on mental health, this was something I clearly missed. Though I’ve alluded to it in a few other posts, I’m not sure I’ve dedicated an entire article to these tips. I’m changing that today!
If you’re interested in getting some solid (and frequently-practiced) tips on stress relief, keep on reading!
Photos by Lindsey of Seamless Sea
Getting in a good sweat sesh always leads me to a better place. When my heart is thrumming and the adrenaline is coursing through me, I’m less focused on the little things that feel too big.
Listen to Calming Music
Music has always benefitted me. There are three playlists I circle through on Spotify when I’m feeling overwhelmed.
Read a Book
Stay away from self-help and non-fiction. Read something fantastical – something that takes you to a far away place. Sure, it’s an escape from your problems, but sometimes an escape is all it takes to make your life feel a little less complicated.
Talk it Out
Text or call a friend who you know really cares about you. Tell them you’re having a hard day. It might not make everything better, but it’ll be nice to know you’re not carrying it alone.
I’ve mentioned the Headspace app on a few occasions. This has been really beneficial for me, personally. There’s literally a pack called “Managing Anxiety” and another one specifically for “Stress,” so if you’re feeling extra overwhelmed, try meditating twice (or more) in one day. They’re only 10-15 minutes long, so you’ve certainly got time.
Cute Animal Videos
Sure, it might sound silly, but there have been days where I’m literally in tears because of all the stress, but the second my fiancé sends me a video of kittens mewing or a puppy rolling down a hill, there’s a smile on my face. It’s hard to resist feeling good when you’re watching adorable animals.
PSA: you are not alone.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by life and it brings you to the point of tears, you’re not alone. If the stress makes you just want to sleep forever, you’re not alone. These tips are because I’m with you and experience stress and anxiety on a regular basis. I’m no doctor, but these tips have proven helpful in times of dire need. However, if you’re in a place where these tips are just not cutting it, always seek professional help (that’s been life-changing for me as well)! Here’s to wine and bubble baths, feeling good, and enjoying life to the fullest. You’ve got this, babe! ❤
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