6 Stress Relief Tips for When Life Feels Too Hard

6 Stress Relief Tips for When Life Feels Too Hard
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6 Stress Relief Tips for When Life Feels Too Hard

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!

Outfit Details // top | pants c/o Earl Jean | shoes | bag | earrings | necklace

Photos by Lindsey of Seamless Sea

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Work Out

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.

Coffee Table Jazz, Lush Lofi, Peaceful Piano

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.

Meditate

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.

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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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Outfit Details // top | pants c/o Earl Jean | shoes | bag | earrings | necklace

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Anna English
    June 8, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    I always try to squeeze in a quick gym session when I’m stressed! It really does help.

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    Rach
    June 8, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Your post could not have come in a more perfect timing! Thank you for the tips! I think I might signup for a good workout class!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  • Reply
    JoJo
    June 8, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    I love your top, shoes, and bag!! So cute. I always feel better after working out. Doesn’t fix everything, but definitely puts my mind at ease.

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    Kim
    June 8, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    These are all such great tips and I love the cute animals one! My dogs always make me feel better! Love that top too gf!

    xoxo,
    Kim

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    Helen
    June 8, 2018 at 9:48 PM

    I’m getting more and more of those days where I just want to do nothing but as a new mum that also works for herself – I’m struggling to find the time to just relax!!

    Such great tips babe and I’m definitely a fan of exercising when I’m stressed or anxious- those endorphins are amazing 😉

    Helen xx
    https://helenchik.com

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    Kileen
    June 9, 2018 at 12:21 AM

    These are really awesome tips babe. I try working out and meditating for this reason, it relieves stress and allows me to reset!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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    Prachi
    June 9, 2018 at 5:58 AM

    Thank you for sharing such great tips! They are really helpful

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    Tonya Tardiff
    June 9, 2018 at 6:21 PM

    These are great tips! I’ll have to check out those Spotify playlists.

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    sarah lindner
    June 10, 2018 at 3:02 PM

    I love a book and some calming music, great tips!
    Xoxo
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.TheHouseOfSequins.com

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    Jessica
    June 11, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Whenever I am stressed out I try to go to bed early. Sometimes extra sleep is all I need to relax.
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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    adriana
    June 11, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Meditating always helps! These are great tips – sometimes you really just need a minute to sit back and breathe!

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    Mollie
    June 11, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    First of all, you look amazing!! Second of all, thank you for sharing these tips. For me, working out is the only thing that helps with stress. It’s a double edged sword though, because sometimes I’m so stressed / overwhelmed the last thing I want to do is head to the gym! But it really is such a great way to let off steam.

    xx Mollie

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    Candace
    June 11, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    I actually saw a cute duckling video on facebook this morning and it made me smile. A little bit of cuteness always goes a long way!

  • Reply
    Taylor Mobley
    June 12, 2018 at 8:32 AM

    I am a big reader so this is a big one for me!

  • Reply
    roxy
    June 13, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    I love the suggestion to watch cute animal videos! I also shop as stress relief, lol. No shame in my game!

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    kelly Fordon
    June 13, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    So many great tips, for me exercise, is a true lifesaver and really helps alleviate stress!

    Birdie Shootsv

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    Jasmine Vargas
    June 14, 2018 at 9:30 PM

    This is going to find silly (probably) but for me when I have to relief stress, I love to play with makeup OR go shopping lol

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    Stacey
    July 2, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    I’m so glad you sent me the link to this post since it already is giving me ideas on how I can turn things around. I actually read but it’s always been with self-help books which might be the problem. I have a few other books about history and fiction so I’ll need to give those a try and see what happens. I’ve also been trying to add music back into my life. Itst weird because it’s a big part of our lives but sometimes we forget dancing and singing along helps so much with our happiness. Anyways thanks again for being such a sweetheart to me, I absolutely appreciate it! Btw, you look so beautiful in these photos as well ❤️

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