Let me hear a big woohoo!
We’ve officially survived Hurricane Matthew with limited damages (minus our backyard fence and everything in the freezer). We evacuated last minute and booked it up north, bunking with Connor’s family.
It was tight quarters and positive thinking was extremely difficult as we constantly watched the news live stream images of our beaches getting absolutely hammered away.
Everything turned out just fine, though. We all returned safe and unharmed, and we got extremely lucky compared to other parts of the coast and our neighbors.
Plus, I’ve got some hardcore tips on how to reduce stress, because I’m basically a pro at it now 😉
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- Drink a cup of tea. There’s no better way to relax than to brew up your favorite cup and settle down under a blanket. Chamomile Herbal Tea is great for relaxing, as is lavender.
- Shun bad thoughts. Your mind can be your worst enemy, stay on high alert for negative thoughts and push them away.
- Listen to your favorite tunes. There’s no better way to de-stress than to jam out to that one song that always gets you going.
- Light your favorite candle. I have an apple scented candle that I only light when I’m super stressed out and desperate for some calm air. It’s just one of those little things that helps.
- Go for a walk. Go surround yourself with some nature. Fall is coming and the air is crisp and nice. Enjoy it!
- Mindfulness always helps center you and reduce stress.
- Have an impromptu spa day. Do your nails, put on a lavender scented face mask, and treat yo’self.
- Remember to breathe. Don’t get so worked up that you forget to just take a moment to close your eyes and breathe. Things will always become clearer with a clear mind.
- There’s a reason those Adult Coloring Books are on the rise in popularity! It’s such a fun way to de-stress!
- A nice combo of getting active while remaining centered, it’ll help get your blood flowing and help you relax.
- Write it out. Journaling is a great way to vent without putting someone you know in a tough spot.
- Get lost in a good book, whether it’s brand new or a novel that you can recite by heart.
- Say ‘bye’ to social media. Oftentimes when you’re stressed to the limit, social media can only make things worse as you look at photos of your friends having the time of their life. You should never compare your behind the scenes with someone else’s highlight reel (- Steven Furtick.)
- Make a list of your strengths. What are you good at? How will this help with your stressful situation? What are your goals for this situation?
- Drink Water. Don’t forget to hydrate (and I’m talking about more than wine!). Moments of stress often lead to moments where we forget to care for ourselves on the most basic level.
- Help others. Reduce stress by being altruistic, which will help boost all those positive spirits inside of you.
- Say no if you need to. On the other side of the coin, don’t take on too much. If you just don’t have the time or willpower at this moment to help your friend, don’t force yourself or put yourself in a bad position. They will understand.
- Drive around. If you’ve got the gas to spare, go for a drive down a quiet street near you. Maybe even find a quaint diner or coffeehouse and splurge a little. You might just find your next favorite lunch spot.
- Find a new TV show that takes your mind off your stress. I love The Office!
- Cook your favorite meal. Make a big batch of your perfect comfort food and indulge with a friend.
- A well-organized home will help take a burden off your shoulders and give you a clear space for thought.
- I’m not always a fan of ‘fake it til you make it,’ but let’s be real. It’s a saying for a reason.
- Don’t neglect your relationships. If you’re anything like me, you tend to get self-absorbed when you’re stressed out. Don’t forget the people who will lift you up the most.
- Plan it out. We all know I’m crazy about planners, so it’s no surprise that this is on the list. A steady schedule will help your mind focus on the now and then, rather than feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to get accomplished.
- Get a plant. If you’ve got a black thumb, grab a succulent. Otherwise, get your favorite flower or plant. Tending and loving on something even as simple as a plant will lift your spirits.
- Try a hobby. Reduce stress by doing something you love, even if you haven’t done it in years and even if you only have a few minutes to spare.
- Take a bath. Drop a Bath Bomb and settle into the tub. Maybe light some candles or play some soft music.
- Cry if you have to. It’s okay to shed a tear or two when you’re overwhelmed. Don’t bottle up your emotions or you’re just asking for an explosion later.
- Ask for help if you need it. You don’t have to face everything alone. Ask a loved one for a hand, even if it’s just a hug.
- Do something. Don’t wallow in your stress. Don’t just wait for the waves of stress to suck you under. Do something about your situation, even if it’s only a single step in the right direction. The more you face your stressor head on, the less daunting it will be.
I can’t tell you all how happy I am to be back blogging after our hurricane adventure. I picked up a lot of useful habits and ways to reduce stress while we were contemplating the potential loss of our home, which thankfully didn’t happen.
I hope that these simple ways to de-stress will help you as much as they helped me. Do you have anything to add to this list?