Stress affects all of us. There is no way to get rid of stress for good, and we shouldn't have to! Without stress, we wouldn't get anything done. There is a difference, though, between healthy levels of stress, and unhealthy levels of stress. It's easy to have too much stress, but it's not easy to get rid of. While everyone deals with stress differently, and I'm by no means an expert, I thought that I'd share what helps me to get rid of stress.
The first step to getting rid of stress is to take a step back and form the intention of getting rid of it. It's important to be able to tell when you're stressed, and what you need to do in order to get rid of it. This sounds really easy, but actually forming the intention to get rid of stress really helps me!
2. Make yourself a cup of tea
I'm not sue why, but a cup of tea always relaxes me. It may be the feeling of holding a warm mug in my hands, or even the act of getting up to make the tea, but it always makes me feel more grounded and content and helps my mind to focus.
3. Engage your body
For me, this usually means either stretching or dancing, but sometimes I do yoga, or go for a walk or run. Doing something physical helps my brain to slow down and to think more clearly. Make sure to do something that you enjoy and that makes you feel good!
4. Get dressed and/or put on makeup
Making myself look presentable always helps me to feel more prepared. I always tend to overdress, but you don't have to! The main point of this is to make you feel good about yourself, so it's important to wear something that you like.
5. Go out somewhere
Going out doesn't have to be something big. Some of my favourite places to go when I'm feeling down or stressed are libraries, coffee shops, bookstores, greenhouses, art galleries, and movies. Simply getting out of the house can really boost my mood.
How do you de-stress?