The 5 things I do to manage stress.

The 5 things I do to manage stress.

Trying to balance work, friends, family, health & wellness, finances, education, etc. has become extremely hectic, even if more times than I’d like to admit, I find myself doing nothing. I find lately no matter what I’m doing, I’m either behind or barely just getting by. Which, can pile on a ton of unnecessary stress. So, I’ve been trying a few things to keep the stress at bay, and thought I would share my findings/guilty pleasures with you. Even if some of these are only temporary fixes, I crave and look forward to each and every one of them!

**I am not sponsored by any of the following products I am promoting, and this is 100% my personal opinion**

  1. Essential Oils. I know, the first time I heard about essential oils, I wasn’t sold. Then, we got a Saje Natural Wellness store in my area, and I learned about the many benefits of using plants as remedies. Having trouble sleeping? Having trouble waking up? Having trouble digesting? Skin condition that wont go away? Honestly, there is an oil for that. Don’t even get me started on the nebulizers, because that is an addiction on its own.
  2. Walks. Up until recently, I dreaded taking my dog for a walk. I would still do it, but I would always associate it with something negative. “Oh crap, I have to take the dog out”, when really, I should be using it as an opportunity to get outdoors, and be mindful. Throw some headphones on and I could walk 5k easily. Now that I take time to appreciate being outdoors, I love walks- and they help relieve stress.
  3. Massages. If you have health benefits, see if you have coverage for massage. Massages are life saving, they relieve all kinds of stress. I could fall asleep on the table.
  4. Cooking. I have recently discovered that I like to cook. I have become obsessed with trips to Chapters, which typically result in me purchasing cookbooks. My absolute favourite cookbook right now is Cravings, by Chrissy Teigen. All of the recipes are fun, flavourful and easy. Not exactly quick, but worth the time. I get a lot of enjoyment from preparing meals for people! So this adds some calmness to my life.
  5. “Spa Time”. I LOVE to pamper myself. Hair masks, coffee scrubs, showers with only candles for light, facials, anything of the sort, I’m into it. I’ve recently started to take one or two days out of the week to treat myself to some me time- nothing makes me feel more relaxed then washing away everything after a long day. Followed by getting into bed and getting cozy, throwing something on Netflix, or a good book to fall asleep with.

These are five things that personally help me get out of my head and calm down, even if its only temporarily. What helps you calm yourself down after a long day/week/month?

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