Hey there, loves! I know it has been quite a while since I last posted but to be honest, the last few weeks had been amazing for me. Christmas and New Year were celebrated solemnly with my family and I couldn’t be any happier. But I didn’t just indulge myself in foods ( I know) and shopping but I also spent the holiday break wisely and took it as an opportunity to give myself a break. I also started a new routine to de-stress that I highly recommend to all of you because it totally worked for me.
So without further ado, I give you these simple tips to Unplug From Stress.
First on the list is logging out. I noticed that most of the stress I was feeling was because of social media sites. Don’t get me wrong, I love Instagram and Facebook but you know, there are times when everything I read and see just gets me all hyped up especially with politics and current affairs. I don’t know with you guys but the whole #lifegoals also added to my stress because I pushed myself too hard to achieve these goals that I forgot that I also have my own #lifegoals and that I don’t need to be called having #lifegoals to be happy. I don’t know if that makes sense but I felt as if I tried too much to make my life like #feedgoals and that I forgot that there are so much more than just updating my status and uploading pictures.
Being away from social media actually gave me a feeling of peace (cheesy but true) and I was able maximize my time for important stuff.
Get a good book and read
Reading is usually a big part of my me time and it’s equally relaxing, in my opinion, as (dare I say it) sleeping (gasp). For those people who knows me very well and have been an avid reader of my blog, you all know how much of a bookworm I am and these past few months I experienced a major reader’s block but I am happy that I was able to continue doing what I love the most again.
Holiday break really gave me a moment to not only exercise my mind but also gave my eyes a good break from screens. I just savored having a day of just lounging around and reading a nice book, not an ebook, but a real paperback that I can smell, and whenever I read I play a soft jazz music in the background to really get myself into the mood and help my mind to wander freely in the world of fiction.
Catch up with Friends
Ever since I started working, I haven’t seen much or heard much from my friends and it was just really sad. It’s not like I or we don’t try to hangout it’s just that personal life just always comes in the way and believe it or not, we’ve grown quite apart from each other. Not to mention having little to no time to squeeze them in to my schedule and vice versa. So, it was really a big relief that before Christmas we were able to hangout and just talk. Plus, it felt as if it had not been years since we last saw each other. It felt so familiar and everything went smoothly and full of laughter, and I do believe that was what was missing this entire time, you know, just being around people who have been with you since you were in pigtails.
It is one of my favourite things I did during the holidays. I don’t normally go out and have road trips so when I had the opportunity to leave the city for a relaxing time in the province I was ecstatic. I went to the province where my mom spent most of her childhood and it was a fulfilling experience for me. I met relatives I didn’t know existed, I stayed in a place that barely has a signal but is so close to the beach, I went on a hill and I saw the night sky peppered with stars for the first time. Everything was just amazing. The life in the province is so simple yet so contenting that I felt completely blessed that I was able to experience it myself and all because I decided to live life being independent from social media.
Sing and Dance
… your heart out. Whenever I have a bad day at work, I just close the room and listen to all sorts of music I have in my Spotify Playlist, and just sing and dance like a crazy person. It doesn’t matter if I’m outta tune or have two left feet because I always see myself being carried by the rythm of the music. My go-to playlists are from Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet for dancing, and Today’s Top Hits for real showstopper singing. It’s really fun and it eases the tension you have in your body. And after having that “concert”, I just lay in bed and feel so much better.
Watch and Laugh
There is no better way to de-stress than to laugh. If I’m not watching romcoms or comedy movies, I always hit up youtube and look for funny videos either of babies, kids and dogs or all three of them together. Laughing is just the major stress reliever so I totally advise all of you to not deprive yourself of having a good ‘ol belly laugh.
I know that this is quite shocking to see on the list but it really is effective. Whenever I feel too riled up, I do kickboxing. It doesn’t just relieved me from stress but it gives me the opportunity to be fit and healthy. It’s like turning bad into something good. Right now I’m enjoying Zumba and loving it.
I hope you guys try these all out for yourselves and would love to hear all your thoughts about these or how you guys unplug from stress.