It is so easy to fall into the everyday routine of life. We get sucked into this daily grind that strictly consists of work, home care, school, all while trying to balance some type of a social life! You may not notice the toll it takes on your mental state until you have a breakdown from juggling all stressors in your daily life. What’s important is a balance and with that balance, taking care of your needs mentally and emotionally.
I’ve personally gotten in these ruts before and let me tell you…sometimes it isn’t easy to get out. As somebody who easily gets stressed out it is absolutely vital for me to take care of myself. I have always loved hearing suggestions from others on what their favorite relaxation activities are. You may have tried some of these things but use them as a reminder to schedule yourself time to do what makes you happiest.
Challenge yourself to some Yoga!
I know yoga may not be for everyone. Believe me, it can actually be quite hard! I still think it is an amazing physical activity that also plays a huge mental role. Classes can be really nice to take but sometimes I find that it can be distracting. My personal favorite way to practice yoga and get the ultimate relaxation factor out of it is to do so in the privacy of my own home. Simply YouTube a meditation yoga and pull out a mat! I find I can even get a quick one in before going to work since there are certain sessions that take anywhere from 5-10 minutes…totally easy to accomplish! I highly recommend checking out YouTube user “Boho Beautiful” for amazing videos to follow along with.
Music is great, but have you listened to Podcasts?!
Podcasts have easily become so important to me. You can truly learn so much and open your mind to many discussions by listening to podcasts. I often listen to them when driving rather than music and especially before falling asleep. I have specific meditation + positive affirmation channels I love listening to! What’s best is that they are free and available on Spotify. I highly suggest listening to Josie Ong’s Affirmation Pod when you need a nice reminder of positive words. Before I fall asleep, I typically listen to my all time favorite Chel Hamilton’s Meditation Minis Podcasts. Her voice is so soothing! She does a variety of different types of meditation such as visualizations (love these!) and breathing exercises. In addition to these, definitely check out Real Simple’s Adulthood Made Easy, Sophia Amoruso’s Girlboss & Amber Rose’s Loveline.
Dive into a luxurious bath… You deserve it.
There’s something deeply relaxing about sitting in a tub of water. When you add a lush bath bomb or bath tea (obsessing over these lately) to the mix, it is incredibly indulging! What I love best when taking a bath is propping up my IPad and pressing play on a Netflix series. What really helps set the mood is to light some soy candles that have lavender or eucalyptus essential oils. The ultimate treat after a long day, week, month, whatever!
Plan your life and journal your thoughts.
I have been getting into the habit lately of journaling. What makes it so easy is something similar to the 5 Minute Journal or Happiness Planner. These are journals that are specifically designed to organize your thoughts and focus on happiness! Each day has a positive and uplifting quote, positive affirmations area, and so on. For the busy bee who prefers to start out light I highly suggest the 5 Minute Journal. I have been using it for many months now and just recently upgraded to the Happiness Planner which has much more information to fill in and is a little more time consuming. You can find the 5 Minute Journal on Amazon & Happiness Planner at Anthropologie or their website.
Connect with nature… Get outside!
The most valuable tip I have out of them all is to get outside. The best medicine is nature and a deep breath of clean, crisp, fresh air. Often times I find myself lacking in the amount of time spent outside so I do my best to make it a priority to find something to do outdoors. An example of something that had a positive impact is that I sat outside for a majority of this blog post. I found a nice spot in some sunlight and typed away! If you live in a house you could simply step out to your backyard which makes a big difference! So the next time you feel really stressed out, go sit by a pool or take a quick walk outside for fifteen minutes and notice the change it has on your mood!
What are activities you like to do to relax and unwind to keep your happiness in check? Let me know in the comments below!