If there’s something I can’t stand, it’s stress. Nobody wants to feel stressed. It messes with your mind and emotions, along with your health and well being. If stress ever finds its way into your life, it’s really important to know how to deal with it. I want to share my favourite simple ways to de-stress and I hope they help you too.
There’s magic in music. It’s a powerful way of tuning out from the world and getting lost in the lyrics and vibes that make you feel something. De-stressing doesn’t have to involve classical music. Having a go-to playlist of your current favourite songs works wonders. I have several different playlists on my phone, and I’m constantly updating the one I use to de-stress so that it has music that makes me feel good – nothing that gets me down. Make sure you don’t have any songs that make you think of stressful situations in your life. Instead, include songs that focus on happiness, living life to the fullest, strength and freedom.
Besides music, I am a big fan of noise apps. These allow you to play certain sounds that are calming and settle you down in the moment. If I’m stressed while working at my computer, I use the site called Noisli where you can select background sounds such as rain, wind, storms and cafe noise. It’s meant to make you more productive and every single time I’ve used it, it actually works. When going to sleep at night, I like to choose between two apps called StreepStream and Rain Rain. SleepStream has a particularly good sound called “Atlantic Ocean” which literally sounds like you’re sleeping at a house by the ocean. Rain Rain has the most realistic sound of rain that I’ve found in any noise app and it’s perfect to fall asleep to.
A hot bath, especially in autumn/winter, is so beyond relaxing. Finding just 15mins in your day or night to run a bath, throw in a bath bomb and relax will make such a difference to your mood and mind. If you have more time, lighting a scented candle and putting on some music as well (I usually just sit my phone up on the sink and let the music play from it) will make the bath even better. If you don’t have a bath, a hot shower can be just as good. If you’ve had a stressful day, there’s nothing better than getting in the shower and washing the day right off.
I also find spending some time with a face mask on, or applying a beautifully scented moisturiser across my arms and legs, to be not only refreshing for my skin, but refreshing for my mind as well.
I find reality tv to be an escape from your own reality and the problems that are causing you stress. You can really get lost in someone else’s life and just be consumed with their world, whether through watching one episode of a show or the whole season. Finding a show that has characters that inspire and motivate you is most helpful.
Alternatively, there’s the Comedy channel. Every time my anxiety gets out of control to the point where I can’t breathe, can’t focus, can’t really do anything… I’ll find a stand-up comedy show to watch on tv and I completely focus on it. Stand-up comedy relieves stress because it’s so relatable in the most simple way. Comedians take all the things we typically worry about and make them amusing. These shows make me realise that whatever I was just stressed about, was really not worth stressing about.