While I normally talk about style and beauty on my blog, I wanted to share a little something different (and more personal) with you all today, and that is how I deal with stress. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety do play a pretty big role in my life.
Thankfully, I know I’m not alone since I know many others deal with the same types of issues. I work a pretty high stress job, and life also happens at the same time. Luckily, there are some techniques and things I do to help keep my mind busy that I am sharing today and although I know it may not work for everyone, hopefully they can help you too!
1. A Hands on Hobby
I have really wanted to learn how to hand letter because I’ve been obsessed with handwriting since I learned cursive when I was young. This is a really fun way to learn something new, and destress. I know some people like to color, so that’s another option if handwriting really isn’t your thing. Find my book that I’m currently using here.
Another thing that a friend turned me onto is this therapy dough.
It’s a little bit pricey but let me tell you, this stuff is so cool. I really like to play with it while I’m reading or watching tv to help me focus. I feel like sometimes even when I’m doing things I enjoy, my mind wanders. Keeping my hands busy with this helps keep me in check. They have tons of different relaxing scents, but I love this Tropics Scent. It reminds me of my happy place, the beach.
2. Natural Remedies
I just recently added these Olly Goodbye Stress gummies to my regimen. I wouldn’t say that they are overwhelmingly life changing, but I can definitely see a little sense of calm/clarity after taking these when my stress level is running high.
I am also a huge fan of DōTERRA essential oils. One of my favorite blends is the PastTense tension blend. I usually put a little bit on my temples when I’m feeling stressed and honestly, this does the trick for me. It also helps with stress headaches. One of the main ingredients is wintergreen so I love the cooling sensation it gives off. I also love Lavender. I spray a mixture with it all over my sheets before I go to bed to help me sleep (message me if you want the recipe).
3. White Noise
While we’re on the topic of sleep. One thing that has helped me get to bed (and honestly I just like to have it on in general) is white noise. You can buy a machine like I have (this one pictured above) for a pretty reasonable price on Amazon. Also, if you happen to have the Amazon Echo, I also definitely recommend Sleep Sounds. They have lots of white noise options.
These can be anything, but I really find goals, no matter how small, can keep us focused and relive our stress. For example, one of mine has been to write 2 blog posts a week on Monday and Friday in the New Year. I love blogging, it’s a huge stress reliever and outlet, and I’m happy to say I’ve been succeeding on that goal. Another one of my more lofty goals has been to finish at least one book a month. I’m reading a pretty long, involved one at the moment but I’m getting there.
5. The Simple Things
Whether it’s tea, cocoa, or a big ole glass of vino, watching the Bachelor or a good candle… find those little things that make you happy. Then try to infuse them into your daily routine to help relax. Eventually those little things can help to make a big difference.
I hope this post inspired some of you dealing with some stress. If you have any other tips or things that help you, please feel free to share! I love hearing what else helps you all.