Little Things I Do To Manage & Cope With Stress

25 February 2019

Stressed. Spell it backwards and it spells desserts. Doesn't sound as bad right? However stress is definitely not as tasty as it's made out to be sometimes. If anything it can be downright frustrating and mentally exhausting. Stress is something I often have to deal with. I get stressed out very easily and it is one of the most frustrating things to deal with. Currently in my life I have a lot of stress with work and things personally and very often it can turn me into a not very nice person. You're probably sat there reading this already thinking 'Fleur, it happens to all of us, you're nothing special'. Believe me when I say I already know this but I think the main point of this post is that stress is definitely something that is a part of life and today I wanted to tell you all about how I deal with the stressful aspects of my life. I hope this is something you'll find worth reading and something that can help you if like me you're feeling a little stressed at the moment.

Light A Few Candles 
There's just something so therapeutic about lighting candles. Two of my favorites at the moment include the ones in the above photo which can be found in Homesense if you're interested. I just find coming home from work, having a bath and then just lighting a candle and chilling out is one of the most pleasant things to do in life. I highly recommend both of these candles.

Listen To Some Music 
Something that definitely calms me down. Music is just such a big part of my life and something that I rely on extremely heavily when it comes to my mental health in general. From musical theatre to chart music to old school sixties music I love music so much and I can spend hours just listening to music and I find not only do I calm down but my mood improves drastically as well.

Keep A Journal 
Keeping a journal is something that I have done since I was 12 years old. It's where I get all my thoughts and feelings out no matter what they are and it's just so therapeutic for me. I absolutely love writing down everything into a little book that I keep hidden from everything and everyone and it just helps me feel so much better. Getting everything out just means that I can take a deep breath and start afresh.

Get As Much Fresh Air As Possible 
If I stay in the house for too long I start to get serious cabin fever and it makes me more stressed out. Sometimes I just cannot be bothered to go out as I'm tired and I'd much rather watch a film and just have a really lazy day but very often this makes me feel worse. Getting out into the fresh air means I'm getting a chance to just go out and clear my head and start with a fresh mind. Sometimes I'd just take a walk in the park alone with some music in and it amazes me how much better I tend to feel.

Spend Time With Friends 
Whether this is a quick phone call or grabbing a quick coffee or even going to see a show (something me and my friends do a lot) spending time with the people closest to you is definitely something that can help you feel a bit better. That is why friends are there after all.

Have A Pamper Evening 
I do a lot of shift work and this is one of the main things that causes me a lot of stress as it's not easy however on my days off I set aside a few hours to just have a bit of a pamper evening. I grab all of my favorite products, pop on some music, light a candle, shut the door and the outside world and just take time to show myself some love and care and pamper myself. I end up feeling so much better afterwards. Just setting aside those few hours to not speak to anyone and just focus on myself for a little bit is such a nice feeling and really does make me feel so relaxed.

Read Books 
It will probably come as no surprise to you that I absolutely adore reading. It is one of my absolute favorite things to do and there is nothing I love more than getting stuck into a fresh new book. Getting lost in a completely different world for an hour a day and just forgetting about things going on for a bit is such a lovely feeling and really does make you feel a lot better and more relaxed.

Today has been one of those days where I have been stressed to the max hence why I thought I'd write up this post. I guess I should have put blogging on the list but not everyone does that. I now feel a lot better. If you're feeling stressed out at the moment then I hope this post has helped and shown you little ways you can destress and keep calm. Let me know below your top tips for destressing.

Do you do any of the things listed here to destress? 
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