Do you ever sometimes feel crazy overwhelmed? The other day I got super stressed over absolutely nothing. I had like three tasks to do and was on the verge of tears. I can’t explain why, but I felt like I needed one of those movie moments where someone slaps you and shakes you by the shoulders to bring you back to reality. As I was pacing up and down the hallway and wasting even more time, I just starting thinking: Why am I actually stressed? Am I stressed at the idea of stress, or just being a little dramatic? Sometimes it’s anxiety, sometimes it’s not. I realised the only way I was going to tackle this overwhelming feeling was to actually just chill out. Like just, calm down.
CALM THE MIND
The main cause for stress is my own brain. I’m my own worst enemy. A sure-fire way to just calm all the way down is to start with my mind. This could be something as simple as slow, deep breaths in the moment to chill. One of my favourite apps to use is Headspace. I have mentioned it on the blog before, and still use it almost every day. If there’s a specific day when I’m feeling a little too burdened down, Headspace, a calming playlist on Spotify or a YouTube video does the trick.
RELAX THE BODY
I’m not into yoga, but I like simple stretches that help you relax a little bit. It doesn’t take much flexibility and can be done pretty much everywhere. Even a mini massage feels better than nothing. I also like to treat myself at home, to a simple evening and a bit of pampering. A hot bath is always the go-to when it comes to trying to relax because warm water naturally calms the body and muscles. Herbal teas are also a great way to detox and get your body to relax if you’re not a fan of baths.
TALK TO SOMEONE
I’m not much of a talker, but I do know the importance of opening up. It’s such a stress reliever and so easy to do. You can literally talk to anyone: your best friend, your sibling, your parents, or basically anyone you trust. You can talk to God or even talk to yourself. I quite like to journal, especially when I feel like there’s no one around and life’s just a bit too much. I write down to-do lists anyway, but distancing myself from the idea of work and just making note of my feels lifts the burden every so often.
FIND SOMETHING FUNNY
Laughter is the quickest and cheapest antidote to stress. Fortunately, I have the most childish sense of humour and can make myself laugh by thinking about a Vine from three years ago. But if it’s not something you find easy, seek out a comedy sketch, online video, stand-up show or a hilarious film and unwind in front of the TV. If you’re not a TV person, look out for a friend or family member that can always make you giggle.
WORK IT OUT
I’m on an exercise high since I started working out on a regular basis and I can’t help but keep bringing it up in my blog posts. The benefits a simple walk has had on my mental health over the past few weeks is insane, and exercise is something I now look forward to rather than dread. Especially now it’s a little colder, I like taking a long walk or hike around the moors and clearing my head in the crisp air. Plus, the views on a walk put a lot of things into perspective and all the issues I’m facing don’t seem as mountain-like.
I’m well aware that it’s easier said than done, but I also know there’s no way I’m alone in this boat of just needing to relax for a second and stop freaking out and over thinking my next move like I don’t have plenty of time left in this world. So if you’re a blogger, creative, professional or just a human who is in this boat with me – let me know.