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!
Color. They have 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.
Music can make you feel a million things. Create a playlist of relaxing songs or inspirational songs.
I don’t 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 currently. I still have a diary from the fifth grade and it’s hilarious every time I read it.
I’ve 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.
Take a 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!
Drinking 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. Junk food is okay in moderation, which is why I try not to keep sweets in my house all the time. I have the worst 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 investment.
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!