How to Manage and Overcome Stress
Stress is something that we all have to deal with at one point or another in their daily life. Everyone's busy, and life gets overwhelming. I juggle a lot of different things (my job, my band, keeping up with the blog/Instagram, & most of my family lives in Austin), so stress tends to easily build up in my life. With so much swirling around your mind and various to-do lists you're trying to keep track of, it'd be crazy if you didn't feel at least slightly overwhelmed from time to time. Not to mention, the unexpected last minute things that can creep up. Everyone copes with stress in different ways...some better than others, but making a few simple efforts can go a long way. Read on for some tips on how to manage and deal with stress in a healthy way.
Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, alone time is crucial when it comes to managing and minimizing stress. Set aside time for yourself at least once or twice a week to chill out on your own; even 15 minutes a day can make a big difference. There have been actual studies done on how alone time helps with stress relief, so whether you're reading a book in your favorite coffee shop, sitting on your porch (without your phone), or taking a walk & listening to your favorite playlist - make time for you!
This one might be obvious, but exercise helps so much to significantly reduce stress levels! The great thing about it is there are so many different options depending on what you like to do. For me, that means going on runs, going to yoga (Black Swan Yoga is my fave), or going to the gym. If I'm feeling anxious or in a funk, going for a run or a vinyasa yoga class always clears my mind and makes me feel 100% better. Mix up your exercise routine and play tennis, go paddleboarding, or try a barre fitness class!
Take a Bath
Is this too specific? No. Baths are M A G I C A L. Give me a hot epsom salt bath, throw in some bubbles, vino, and my favorite tv show playing on my laptop and I'm in heaven. Never underestimate the power of a good soak.
I truly believe that most people don't spend enough time outdoors! Our society is so fast paced and focused on technology, that we forget what it's like to be outside in nature...without our phones (guilty as charged). Even just going for a 10-15 minute walk around your neighborhood or park can make a huge different to clear your mind and reduce stress. Of course, going for a hike or a long bike ride would be ideal. There's something about being in nature away from the hustle and bustle of life that calms the soul and helps you take a step back to relax.
Easier said than done...but stress and anxiety seems to come around when you have too much on your plate and shit is hitting the fan. I'm the WORST about this, because I love to stay busy and yes is my favorite word, but learning how to say no is key if you want to improve your peace of mind. For me, this usually comes with a lot of complications of feeling guilty because I don't like to say no to my family and friends. It really all comes down to time management and planning things out in advance. It's hard to feel guilty when you're making time for other people and yourself. Plus, if you're taking care of yourself then you'll be more enjoyable for other people and less frazzled.
Write It Down
I would lose my mind without my planner. My life would be a literal mess if I didn't have it. There's something therapeutic about writing down to-do's and checking them off the list. Plus, being able to look at the month view of my calendar ahead of time is helpful because it gives me a clear picture of what I have that month, or the months ahead. For a while, I was using a bullet journal, but it became too time-consuming for me to create and keep up with on a regular basis. Everyone works differently though - whether it's to-do lists, a planner, bullet journal, or the calendar on your computer...find a way to keep track of your tasks. Keeping a journal or diary can also be extremely helpful when it comes to clearing out the clutter of your mind. I write down thoughts in a journal occasionally, and I find myself realizing how I feel after I write it down. It's so mind-opening and clarifying!
Practice Self Care
Whether it's a full-on self care day, or just one positive thing you do for yourself throughout the day - practicing self care is so essential. It's easy to get caught up with the stresses of life and forget to take care of yourself. Self care looks different for everyone; for me, it means getting a pedicure, retail therapy, putting on a face mask, working on my blog, eating gelato, or watching my favorite show.
I hope you found this list to be helpful! Anxiety and stress is something I deal with and experience in my life, but I'm working to combat it and relieve it in healthy ways. It's definitely not easy, but small + consistent steps can make a big difference over time. Sometimes it's just a matter of being aware and knowing you're doing things to work through it! Comment below and let me know how you manage with stress and anxiety in day-to-day life.