5 WAYS TO DE-STRESS YOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE FEELING OVERWHELMED & REGAIN HAPPINESS

In this day and age, we all hold incredibly busy lives. I’m without doubt one of those people that tends to have too much to do rather than not enough. I hold a full time job (that I absolutely adore but is BUSY and somewhat demanding to say the least), run this little slice of the internet, and attend graduate school. Oh, did I mention that I attempt to spend time with family and friends in there too? That being said, I’m quite happy with how life is. You see, I would much rather be busy than bored. To be completely honest, I never quite understand what people mean when they say they’re “bored.”  The concept is pretty foreign to me. There’s always so much to do!  However, a busy schedule can sometimes mean little time for yourself. It’s then when I become a little overwhelmed. However, I do have a few remedies for regaining my sanity and re-centering myself. Read on for some tips that may help bring you back to calm and focus on the positive side of life. 1.  Write down everything going right in your life. 

When it feels as though everything is going wrong, one of the easiest ways to focus myself is by evaluating all of the good things that are currently happening in my life. Grab a cute journal and write down everything your thankful for in your life right this minute. You’ll be surprised at how many positive things you’ve got going on. It really helps to put the negative into perspective. 2.  Do something physical. 

“Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy. “-as stated by Elle Woods

As far as I’m concerned, Elle Woods is 100% right. When things get too stressful my favorite way to center myself is by going on a long run. There’s something so soothing about the rhythm of my feet hitting the pavement with some strong rap music blaring through my headphones. The first mile is never my favorite, but after that I’m in my happy place. When I’m finished with my run, I’ve almost always worked through the problems stirring in my mind.  
3. Indulge in a guilty pleasure. 

Buy a pair of shoes, eat your favorite dessert, watch your favorite movie, etc. Do something that always makes you happy. These kinds of things always tend to add a little positivity to your day.  4.  Pamper yourself. 

Get your hair done, give yourself a manicure, put on a face mask, or take a long hot bath. View my pampering routine here.  Sometimes, doing something kind for yourself is just what you need to reset your mood. 5.  Go somewhere peaceful. 

Whether your sitting outside in your backyard in the sunshine, organizing your closet (I know I’m weird but organizing relaxes me), sitting on the beach listening to the waves crash, taking a hike up a pretty trail, or visiting a quiet art museum, finding somewhere quiet and peaceful will do you wonders. Often times, just finding somewhere to be alone with your thoughts can really help you to calm down and work through your problems. 

Hope this gave you a new idea as to how to relax when you’re stressed. What are some of your favorite ways to relax and re-center after you’ve been overwhelmed? Please share your ideas with me. 

Xoxo,

Abbie 

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