This post is a bit different from my blog posts so far. I guess you could say it is my first ‘lifestyle’ type post that I have done, and it won’t be mentioning any beauty products! This post is going to be about some things I do to help deal with any stress I might be feeling from school or work. This week was a particularly stressful one for me school-wise, and so I felt motivated to share some ideas that might be useful for anyone else who is dealing with some stress!
Keeping a rather strict schedule for each day that I am feeling stressed really helps me clear my head and allows me to realize I have more time to get things done than I originally thought I did. I always keep a day planner in my school bag to keep track of assignments and tests. However, when I am feeling extremely jumbled, I will write down every single thing I need to get done that day, and that way I am not scrambling around feeling overwhelmed with tasks.
Sleep is extremely important, and it is important for me to get a lot of it. Others may not need as much, but I always manage my time around when I will shut everything off and go to bed. For me, it is usually around 9-10 depending on the average night. I shut down all homework devices at around 9 to take time for myself, to watch Netflix, read or take a bath. I plan my homework and studying throughout the week to do at certain times in the day so I don’t need to be up very late doing school work. Staying up late into the night doesn’t allow your brain to shut down and relax, and I find I have more trouble falling asleep if I am up late staring at screens. Not only that, but stress can often lead to breakouts. Sleep is a great way to keep the skin refreshed and avoid any stress-induced breakouts that are bound to happen if you aren’t taking the proper steps to take care of your skin.
Meditating is a great way to clear your mind for a few minutes and start fresh. It is easy to do and you can do it anywhere. I usually mediate on my bed or somewhere I can sit comfortably. I was first introduced to truly mediating in my grade 12 psychology class, and have been using the same mediation YouTube channel ever since. It offers any type of mediation with a variety of lengths and it is very calming. If you have never mediated before, now is the time!
Baths are an awesome way to relax and take my mind off of anything that may be stressing me out. I usually take 20-30 minutes out of the evening and usually watch Netflix or read while in the bath. Right now I am reading Amy Poehler’s book ‘Yes Please’ and it’s great for a light read when you need to clear your mind!
Exercising is known to have stress relief qualities and I find it does really work for me. I like to do yoga especially because there are so many different ways to create a practice. Restorative yoga is especially relaxing because it doesn’t require so much movement that a vinyasa practice would entail. Running is also a good way to relieve stress but I find it only relaxes me if the sun is out. There is nothing I love more than going for a walk or run when the sun is shining and the air is fresh.
I hope you can take some of these tips and apply them to your life whenever you may feel stressed! Of course, I am not an expert on stress relief or psychology but I find these tips really help me to get through a stressful day or week!