Did I tell you I created a blog schedule, and that I pre-drafted a month of blog posts in advance on my Google Calender? Did I also tell you I’m only 4 days in and I messed up, missing a post already? Well, this post was supposed to go live yesterday, but I bought Sims 4… and well, I didn’t do much else yesterday.
Anyway, today I want to share the small list of things I do to try and help me when I’m feeling stressed. Stress relief tactics are completely unique to the individual, and what helps me won’t necessarily help you and vice versa. I’ll never understand the people who go out for a run or do a bit of yoga when they’re feeling stressed – they’re superheroes, and I hope they know that.
I suffer from stress daily. It’s simply become a part my personality, and when it’s not merged into a concoction of other things such as anxiety or sleepiness it’s perfectly manageable. Often, though, it’s not. That’s when I throw my little list of tactics at myself, in hope of a lift out of the hole I found myself in.
Here’s what I do to try and help:
Have a bath:
Even if I don’t have the time, I run myself a bath and get in. It’s worth it in the end. No shock that I’ll most definitely be throwing a Lush product in there too, but submerging into incredibly hot water is my go-to move when I’m trying to calm down. Candles are optional, but preferred.
A year or so ago, I avoided cooking proper home style meals when I was feeling down or stressed, but after kind of forcing myself to when I was in need of vegetables, I actually realised how calming I find it. I love cooking, so it shouldn’t have been such a surprise, but standing over a boiling stove and chopping vegetables isn’t exactly stereotypically relaxing.
Have a cuddle:
I’m very lucky. I have a fiancé who understands me completely, and if I need to just curl up in a ball on his legs then he’s there with open arms, no questions asked. I can just stay there, watching Glee, for as long as I like. On the topic of cuddles, when Harley snuggles into my neck or when Ivy honours me with a cuddle on my knee, my stress practically melts.
I love writing those ranty posts when I’m feeling stressed – oh, look, a bit like this one! Word vomit is one of the best medicines, with lovely comments from you coming in a close second.
Watch my favourite shows:
That list of shows is endless. Right now, it’s Supernatural (again) and Glee. A show for both types of stress – the mood where you want to kill the world so you watch Sam and Dean kill monsters instead, and the mood where you’re just full of feelings so you watch a bunch of people sing about theirs.
What’s your favourite way to relax?
You can read my previous post here.