Friday, 2 December 2016

Making Time to De-Stress this Winter

Everyone who knows me well knows how much of a massive stress ball I am. No matter how much time I have on my hands I am always doing something in my spare time whether its volunteering, blogging, or helping my mum with her weekly food shop. I just hate the thought of using my time for anything that is not productive in some way. However, sometimes it can be overwhelming and I get so stressed out all at once which is not good for my mental health. I've been trying my hardest recently to set aside just one day a week where I get to do next to nothing and spend most of the day alone. Anyways, I'd imagine that everyone is feeling a bit stressed with Christmas on the way so this is what I've been doing to combat stress and anxiety...

Excersise
Yeah everyone always goes on about how good exercise is as a coping mechanism for stress and I whole heatedly agree. However, I don't really like involving myself in super high tensity exercise when I feel emotional or over whelmed so the best thing for me is to go a run outside somewhere alone and give myself a chance to gather my thoughts. I also make sure I fit in one of my pole classes once a week at Pole Position Glasgow if anything just to have the opportunity to see some friendly faces. The classes are run in such a positive and friendly atmosphere with everyone encouraging and helping each other which is amazing for building self-esteem and confidence. Lastly, like to practice yoga when I have a little time in the morning but normally I just stick a DVD on and do it all in front of my T.V. so I don't even have to leave the house!


Drink Hot Drinks and Eat Plenty of (healthy) Comfort Food
When I'm going through a really stressful time I normally try my best to avoid caffeine, however, I still like the reassurance of a hot drink. Recently, I've been reaching for these sachets of The English Teashop Lemongrass, Ginger and Citrus teas which are so refreshing and tasty! My mum actually bought this for me as a gift as she told me that ginger in particular helps to settle nerves. What a woman! I also find that when I'm stressed I accidentally skip meals and eat quite rubbish foods. I try to combat this by eating quite healthily but I still indulge myself in lots of comforting and fulfilling foods like my mums homemade soup and lots of pastas with all the veggies. It's important that I always pack some nourishing snacks with me wherever I go so I'm not tempted to reach for a Mars Bar and a can of fizzy juice when I get hungry.

Create Time to Focus on Small Tasks
I always try my best to make sure I fit some 'me time' into my busy schedule. This can be anything from meditating to reading a few chapters of my favourite book to just painting my nails and applying some hand cream. Recently though I've been doing some adult colouring which admittedly I slated at first but it's so bloody therapeutic! I just bought a couple of colouring books from Amazon and some felt tip pens and now I do it probably at least once a week. It just gives you a little bit of time to focus on one task in particular and really takes your mind away from all the stresses from your day at work, or whatever it is that has gotten you so worked up. It probably sounds ridiculous but it actually works.

Limit Social Media Activity
This is a really tricky one for me in particular because not only do I blog and therefore have to regularly post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram but I also work with social media so I pretty much have to know what is happening on there at all times! I do however, try my best to switch of from it all when I'm feeling a bit worn out. There is nothing quite like coming home from a long day at work to see that someone has posted a picture of themselves at the pool on holiday complete with generic caption 'How's your Monday?' (There is definitely a special place in hell reserved for these people). I always always always try to make sure I keep my phone as far as possible from me a few hours before I go to bed so if I want to tweet anything I'll just schedule it and that way I can still promote my content!

Pamper Yourself
A bit like concentrating on small tasks this one is super important for creating that 'me time' and practising self love. I always try to have a hot bath the night before I have something quite stressful like an exam or an interview and it's such a simple but effective way to relax. I normally use some Lush products, light some candles and watch all my favourite shows while I'm soaking in the tub as well as reading my book or some magazines. I normally take in a cup of tea or a nice chilled glass of lemon and lime water, but if your someone who likes the odd glass of alcohol then I guess a glass of rose or a gin and tonic would help too! I definitely try to have a bath at least once a week (normally a Wednesday which is my busiest day) and it just helps calm me down so much.

Keep a Diary or a Journal
I actually saw this tip on someone else's blog but cannot for the life of me remember the name of the person or blog that it was on so please do come forward if you know who I'm talking about so I can give them credit! Anyways I thought it was a brilliant idea and have since been putting it into practice. I don't do it every single day but when I have something that has me particularly upset or anxious I always write down my feelings. You would not believe how much lighter it makes you feel just confiding to a piece of paper but it does.



These are all of my tips for coping with stress and anxiety but I'd love to know some of yours? Is there anything also which gets you particularly stressed or worked up?

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Lisa x
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  1. Loving your tips! I'm a big advocate for self-care and find it super important to just sit back and relax sometimes. I'm with you (and the other blogger) on the journal thing, I write in my 'Q&A A Day Diary' every day, it's not a lot of effort but it seems finish the day off quite nicely.

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    1. Awww thank you Charlotte! It's such a good idea isn't it? :)

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