Holy cow! I enjoy the high-paced life style, but this week has been ridiculous. Among the election, a funeral service, and job searching, I’m struggling to find my outlet – my way to let out anxiety and extra energy.
When you venture into the real world, the stress doesn’t decrease. There are going to be a lot of hectic things thrown at you at once. (If you’re like me, you may start feeling the stress now.) Don’t bottle up that stress.
Instead, here are eight healthy ways that I suggest letting go of that anxiety.
- Go for a run. This is my go-to because nothing blows off steam better than adrenaline. My biggest problem with this method is pacing. If you use all of your energy (or anger) to take off down the street, you may be dragging yourself all the way back when you’ve lost that fire. Also, pay attention to where you’re going. If you get lost in your thoughts, you may get lost on the streets for a while too. This may have happened to me once or twice. . . .
- Sleep on it. Sometimes when the world feels like it’s crashing down on you, you just need to rest, count sheep, and dream about a better environment. Usually, you will wake up feeling refreshed.
- Meditate on something else. You don’t need to be a spiritual person or be able to sit in crossed legged or say “ummmmmm” to meditate. Just find a safe space where you can close your eyes and focus on happy thoughts. When you’re done, lay on your back or stretch and let out slow deep breaths.
- Shower. My friend’s mom used to say that hot water and soap cure all woes-and it’s true! The heat will loosen up excess tension in your muscles. This will help your mind relax too and possibly even relieve stress headaches.
- Clean up the house. Take your anxiety and stress and turn it into something productive, like scrubbing the bathtub or vacuuming the carpet. When your energy runs out, you can ditch the cleaning gloves and drop on the couch. You’ll be exhausted but feel calmer with a clean house.
- Take a day off. Kick off your shoes, light a Cinnamon Apple candle, and curl up with a good book or watch your favorite movie. A full day off may not be able to happen until the weekend or at all. Instead, make time to rest once a day-even if it’s just for an hour.
- Tell/call a friend. Speaking your problems out loud can make them seem smaller than they are. If they still look like big intimidating monsters, then maybe your friend has a different perspective. This technique can be healthy for your mental health. Don’t have a friend or roommate that you’re comfortable telling? Call your parents. Somehow moms always seem to know what to say.
- Cry. When in doubt, let it all out. Grab a fuzzy blanket, your pillow, a favorite stuffed animal, and box of tissues and let the tears fall. You can even ugly cry if you have to. Pretend your tears hold your stress, and let every drop diffuse the stress more.
Friends, this list is not even close to exhaustive. And as much as I could type out every method to de-tox, everyone needs to find their own methods. Try new methods, but if you get nightmares when you sleep stressed, try meditating first. Or, if you’re not athletic, try cleaning.
The point is that life is too short to worry about stress. My wish for you is that you find time to enjoy every little moment, whether you’re at work, out on the town, or tucked in for the night.
If life’s got you down, take a moment to yourself. But don’t wallow in self pity because there is still a lot of life left to live.
Did my methods not work for you? Check out more de-stressing tips in these articles: 20 Scientifically Backed Ways to De-Stress Right Now (Huffington Post) and Stress Relief: 8 Ways to De-Stress Your Life (Women’s Health).
Little to no time to de-stress? Try 14 Ways to De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less (Thrillist) methods.