Have you had a rough week? Well you are not alone as I’m sure many people out there are in need of some well-deserved relaxation. When I get stressed I tend to spend money on things I don’t need and that is definitely not a healthy and sustainable way to deal with it. So that’s why I’ve bundle together some cash-free ways to help you stay cool, calm and collected when faced with stress.
- Disconnect with technology
While it’s OK to check your Facebook and Instagram after a stressful day, however I find that being on social media when I’m stressed actually does me more harm than good. That’s why I try to give myself a break from technology every now and again and connect with other things that are important to me. I make sure to talk to my boyfriend and family instead of by call or text and actually pick up a real book to read instead of reading status updates on Facebook. Even if it’s for a few minutes, disconnecting yourself will give you an break to enjoy the tastes, sights, smells, sounds and feelings of life moving around you in that very moment.
- Catch up on some zzz’s
I used to take sleep for granted when I was younger; always complaining that I wasn’t tired and I don’t want to go to bed but now that I am an adult I take that all back. Now if I have a few minutes to spare I will briefly close my eyes for a quick nap just to refresh myself – even a little. So if you only have one minute to spare just set a timer for a minute, close your eyes, steady your breathing and be quiet. Your body and mind will definitely appreciate you pausing for those brief seconds of peace and quiet.
- Hydrate yourself
Stress does not do your health or skin any favours as it can lead you feeling dehydrated as well as deflated. When I feel tense, I try to stop what I’m doing to have some H2O goodness which can help replenish my energy levels and give me that quick fix that I need. Paying attention to what your body requires and looking after yourself will have a big impact in the long run (especially as I enjoy my caffeine and sugary treats!!).
I know, I know – exercise can be a lot of effort especially after a bad day, I always have those hump days where I can’t seem to drag myself to the gym, but it does do wonders for your health and makes you feel accomplished and a lot happier when you finish a good sesh. Any form of exercise will do; yoga, jogging, dancing, biking or sports – as long as your body is moving that will get your heart pumping and your stress levels will lower. Meditation is also a good way to be at one with your body and helps lower your heart rate to keep you relaxed. Try doing some exercise every day (even walking to work counts!) and see how each step you take leads to a healthier and happier you.
- Be kind
We’ve all been there – when the heat is rising and your blood is boiling we tend to lash out when the stress gets too much and I tend to think that my problems are wayyyyy more important (they’re usually not). So I apologise to anyone who has been at the receiving end of my tantrums and to make it up to you I’ll repay you in caffeine and sugar!
So the next time I feel like I’m about to explode I will stop, pause and take a step back and remember to try and be kind and helpful towards others, regardless if they are my friends or strangers. Helping others will make me feel good about myself knowing that I have improved that person’s day – even just a little – as you never know what other people are going through and a little kindness does indeed go a long way. If you’re going through a door and someone is behind you, then you hold that door. Compliment a stranger’s outfit, just because. Leave a little tip for the hard working waiters and waitresses that don’t deserve to be yelled at for something out of their control. And make sure to just listen to others who are seeking your help and advice and not to be absent minded about it with ‘yeahs’ and ‘uh-huhs’.
As Aesop said: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
- Be thankful for what you have
Growing up you never know what you have until it’s gone and when I moved out to go to uni I realised just how much our parents and loved ones do for us every day – they gave us a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, guidance when we’re lost and advice whenever we need it. Only when I was by myself did I understand just how hard working my parents work to give us a good head start in life and I will never take them for granted ever again, I have so much love for them and no words can describe how thankful I am to have them.
Sometimes we want things for a whole variety of reasons – a new house, a new car or a better job – and this can make anyone stressed as they all requires a lot of planning and of course money. The stress can these lead to negative feelings of envy when someone you know gets a new house and that can lead to a downward spiral. Just remember, never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.
Let me know in the comments how you de-stress for free!
See you in the next post,