April is national stress awareness month, and that means it’s time to take inventory and find out what you can do to streamline your life. Think of it like spring cleaning for the soul. A necessary chore that you’ll be glad you took on.
But while it’s important to figure out what you can do to reduce the amount of stress you’re exposed to on a daily basis, it’s just as important to figure out how to let go of the stress you can’t get rid of. Here are some handy tips for unwinding after a particularly straining day.
De-Stressing Tips for Harried Women
Remember that “this too shall pass.” Think back to where you were five years old, and try to remember what you were stressing about then. Unless you were going through a catastrophic event, chances are pretty good that you won’t even be able to remember what was keeping you up at night back then. When I’m faced with something that starts to consume me, I frequently ask myself if it will matter in five or ten years. The answer is almost always a resounding, “no.”
- Read a trashy novel. Escapist literature may not impress your English teacher, but it’s a great way to wrap yourself up in another world. Pour yourself a hot bath, a glass of wine, and jump into a trashy romance novel and you’re practically guaranteed to feel better fast.
- Make use of inspirational quotes. If you don’t have a favorite quote, search for some online. Find something that relates to whatever you’re coping with right now and then carry it around with you. You can tuck it into a book or into your purse for a surprise reminder to keep your chin up when you’re not expecting it.
- Try growing something. It doesn’t matter if you have a black thumb, you can grow something if you set your mind to it. A houseplant, a little herb garden, or a terrarium are all great choices. There’s something very soothing about growing and nurturing a plant from a seed or sprout.
- Get a pet. People with pets are not only happier, they’re healthier. Studies show that petting an animal reduces blood pressure and your heart rate. It’s also hard to be cranky when you’re baby-talking to a kitten.
- Investigate aromatherapy. Smell is one of our strongest senses and surrounding yourself with relaxing scents like vanilla or lavender is a great way to calm down quickly. A few drops of essential oils can put you in a more relaxed state quickly.
- Visit your chiropractor. Regular adjustments are a great way to keep your body healthy, but it’s also a soothing, pampering experience. If you don’t have a chiropractor of your own, ask your friends for recommendations. Just a couple of visits a month can make all the difference in the world on your stress levels.
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