I am no stranger to stress. In fact, stress is a part of my daily life. I know when I am stressed when I feel my body tense up, I am irritable and unable to sleep. In order to de-stress, I have a list of things I like to do.
1.) Pamper myself by getting a massage/facial or both. Massage eases away all of my muscle tension.
2.) Get a haircut or new haircolor. Sometimes change is good and makes you feel good about yourself.
3.) Exercise. Keeping the body moving decreases tension.
4.) Yoga. The meditative effects of yoga will combat stress. There are many options for guided yoga available online, or you can attend a class at a local gym or studio. Some health insurance companies, like Oscar Insurance in New York and New Jersey, even offer reimbursements for gym and yoga studio memberships.
5.) Meditation in the morning and night. Clearing out your thoughts and quieting the mind will help your body relax.
6.) Journal. Sometimes I find journaling effective if I am angry or hurt by someone. Journaling decreases your stress by putting all of your thoughts on paper and not your body. Also, writing in my gratitude journal helps me focus the positives in my life.
7.) Breathe. Oxygen to your body – muscles and cells will decrease tension.
8.) Prayer. Surrender to a higher power to what is beyond your control.
9.) Cultivate solitude. Sometimes being alone and away from all of the daily noise is what your body needs to recover from the stress.
10.) Eat. Its also called stress eating. I stress eat but I make sure the food is healthy. I personally stress eat on veggies sticks, snap crisps or popcorn.
This is my personal list on how I manage stress. I recommend trying out a few in the first few weeks to see what feels good to you. What are the ways you de-stress?