Spring can be a very stressful time. Between everything you have to do, everywhere you have to be, and all the events that are now going on because the weather is finally nice enough to venture outside it is VERY easy to get stressed out. However, the modern woman is unfazed by all this. She manages to move through life with ease and is never tense.
Well, that’s the idea anyway.
Given that everyone is human, we’re all bound to get stressed at times. Here are our favorite ways to unwind and destress when things start to feel like they’re too much to handle.
- Practice your yoga breathing. There’s a reason why yoga is a form of relaxation, as well as exercise. Take 10 deep breaths (five counts in, five counts out) with your eyes closed.
- Take a bubble bath. Sometimes you just need to take a break from reality. Find your favorite bubble bath (we recommend anything lavender or eucalyptus scented) and soak in hot water for 30 minutes. Not only will your mind relax, but your muscles will feel better too.
- Sweat it out. Go for a run, walk, bike ride…anything that gets you moving outside. If you can, leave your phone at home, or put it on Do Not Disturb (seriously the best invention ever). Breathe some fresh air and work out all your tension. Once you’re home (and showered) you’ll feel renewed enough to tackle your to-do list.
- Make a cup of tea. Do it the old fashioned way where you boil the water and let the tea steep for at least 15 minutes. During this time (and the time you spend drinking said tea) do nothing else. Focus entirely on making the best tea you possibly can and enjoying every drop. This is an exercise in staying present in the moment, and doing so whenever you find your mind spinning out of control will significantly improve your mental clarity (and stability).
- Essential oils. There’s an entire range of essential oils and homeopathic recipes dedicated to stress relief. Do some experimenting until you find what works for you.
- Lose it. There’s a lot to be said for throwing a good old fashioned temper tantrum. Go ahead, scream, cry, throw things (maybe nothing glass). Release all that pent up energy, I mean, it has to go somewhere right? Better to put it all out in the world than to internalize it. Just be sure you’re not yelling (or throwing things) AT someone during this process, they definitely won’t be able to handle it.
- Write it all down. Journaling can be a cathartic experience. I personally feel a lot calmer if I take ten minutes to write down my thoughts before bed each night. It helps me sleep better and analyze situations with more clarity.
- Talk with someone. Call your mom. Seriously, she was used to you venting to her in high school, and she’ll be happy to do it now. If she’s not available for whatever reason, call your best friend, or even leave a voicemail for yourself expressing how ridiculously crazy your life has gotten.
At the end of the day stress is temporary. Realize that the world will keep spinning even if you don’t cross everything off of your to-do list. Nothing is so important that it can’t wait until tomorrow. (Just ask Scarlett O’Hara.)
Seriously, it will.