I can't stand my job. The thought of being there stresses me out once Sunday night rolls around or an extended weekend is coming to an end. Since this month is Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to share some of the things I do to relieve stress in hopes of helping someone else.
Take a personal day. My mom calls them, "mental health days". I keep my PTO stacked for days when I just don't feel like being there. I like to extend my weekends when we have paid holidays too. There's nothing wrong with taking a day off to sleep in or get things done that you normally wouldn't have time to do. I had a mini meltdown a few weeks ago on a Sunday night and I made the executive decision to call in that Monday. I just needed an extra day to gather my thoughts and relax. Working a full-time job is already stressful, but working a job that you don't like or having to work overtime can be taxing. Save up that PTO for a rainy day!
adult coloring books with more intricate illustrations or you can keep it
simple and buy a kids coloring book for nostalgia’s sake.
Take a bath.
Showers are quick and more convenient during the week when you’re trying to get
ready for work or go to bed, but every now and then I like to take a bath and
use one of my Lush bath bombs. I turn on some music and chill for a little bit.
make you feel a million things. Create a playlist of relaxing songs or
write as often as I should, but when I pull out the journal, I feel better.
Sometimes I like to vent without talking to an actual person. I don’t always
want feedback and I don’t like bothering people with my problems all the time,
so journaling helps me release my feelings with no worries. It’s also a great
way to look back on how I felt back then and now I feel now. I still have a
diary from the fifth grade and it’s hilarious every time I read it.
noticed that when my house is messy, I’m more stressed and overwhelmed if there’s
clutter. When you get some free time, make sure you vacuum, wipe down your
counters and put away those clothes that have been in the hamper for two weeks.
A clean space makes a huge difference.
walk or a drive. When the weather is nice, I love opening my windows to let
fresh air into the house. I do the same when I’m driving. If you’ve got
sunshine and a breeze, girl take in some of that fresh air!
water and healthy eating habits improve my mood. There’s nothing wrong with
having a few Oreos or a bag of chips in moderation, but healthy eating is
better in the long run. Junky food is great in moderation, which is why I try
not to keep sweets in my house all the time. I have a
terrible sweet tooth.
I love candles. I can’t tell you how much money White Barn/Bath & Body
Works has gotten out of me. Burning candles are very relaxing. If candles
aren’t your thing, you can burn your favorite incense or add a few drops of
your favorite essential oil to an oil diffuser.
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Candles are great, but I definitely plan on
investing in a diffuser soon so I can reap the benefits of natural oils. Essential
oils can also be mixed into soaps, body butters, etc. so they’re an excellent
Unplug from social media. Social media is great, but it can also be a hinderance. It's good to go off the grid and unplug from time to time. Don't announce that you're taking a break. Just don't log in. I find that I'm more active on Twitter during the week, but I go missing on the weekends. Between the news updates on our "president" and the great $200 date debate, all of it wears me low and that's when I know it's time to go missing.
What are some healthy ways you like to unwind and relax? I’d love to
hear about them below!
Today marks the last year of my 20s and I’m still trying to
figure out where the time went.
Yesterday morning I didn’t want to be bothered or go out.
After reflecting on my last eight birthdays, I felt like I had squandered them
away. I haven’t had any extravagant birthday bashes or trips, but I’ve grown a
lot over the last eight years. Looking back on my 20th birthday all
the way up to today reminds me how far I’ve come. 2008 seems so long ago, but
it feels like I just turned 25.
After being in my feelings, I had to remind myself that
there’s no timeline on life. You won’t have it “together” at age 25 and you
won’t have it all figured out at 29 either.
I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I have another
chance to work towards it. Extravagant birthdays are nice, but lessons are
great too. I went into my birthday weekend thinking it was gonna suck because
of the rainy weather and it ended up being sunny today. I’m grateful for all my
friends and family who sent love my way today.
The last year of my 20s will be about me trying to become a
better version of myself as always. Eating more veggies, taking my ass to the
gym, not renewing a library book five times, ya know, little things.
So here’s to another year of growth, discovery and more life
I had to do it. I love Drake and he just gets it. Deal
Anyway, here’s to Year 29!