Feeling stressed is a normal part of life. Everyone feels stressed at some point, whether it is because of exams, coursework, work or just daily life. Because of this I am sharing with you the different ways I cope with stress that seem to work for me…
- Going outside and getting some fresh air.Going outside is a natural stress reliever. Going for a gentle stroll in the countryside always helps me to clear my head and calm down when I feel wound up. I love to go and walk beside the broads or in some woods or just to a place away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
- Reading. I enjoy reading a book to take my mind off of the stressors in my life. I am particularly enjoying reading Stephanie Meyer’s alternative version of Twilight called Life and Death. Reading helps me to take a step out of my own life and can allow me to revisit my reality with a clearer head later on.
- Doing a mindfulness colouring book. Mindfulness colouring for adults is a perfect way to relax. It creates a sense of calmness whilst also encouraging creativity. I enjoy listening to the ‘100 most uplifting songs’ playlist in the mood section of Spotify. That way I can sing along to classic songs whilst colouring, a great way to clear the mind of stress.
- Making time for a loved ones. Spending time with those you love can help you rethink your priorities in life. Having a coffee and catch up with my family and friends can help me to realise that they are the most important people in my life and with them by my side I can get through anything.
- Doing a Jigsaw. Completing a jigsaw also exercises the mind in a positive, creative way which may allow the mind to rethink and overcome stressful situations.
- Having a bath. This is one of my favourite stress relievers. I love to run a hot bath with plenty of bubbles and a lush bath bomb. I unwind by putting a face mask on and then laying back and watching a favourite programme on my laptop.
- Do some exercise. This is a tough one as when you feel stressed it seems like exercise is the last thing you want to do. But once you overcome the hurdle of getting your exercise gear on and going to the gym/going for a run or doing an exercise DVD you will feel so much better for it. I really regret doing exercise said no one EVER.
- Do some yoga. The last stress relief is yoga. This is something new for me as I had never thought about doing it until someone suggested I watched and followed ‘yoga with Adriene‘ and I was hooked! Yoga is so calming and relaxes me in a way that nothing else does, it just allows me to be with me and to be me (if that makes any sense at all!).
I hope these tips help you to feel a bit calmer and more relaxed in times of stress.