The 12 Lists series is a monthly list-making series I created along with my sister, Gillian from Chez Gillian, for those who love writing lists like I do. Each month we announce the topic, write our lists accordingly, and invite you to do the same on your blog. You are welcome to add your post to the link-up below so we can get to know you a little better, one list at a time. This month’s topic: your best coping techniques when dealing with stress.
- Take a relaxing shower or bath – When I’m feeling really stressed or upset about something, warm water on my skin always soothes me. Bring along a nice-smelling bath product or drip some essential oils on the floor of the shower to add to the calming effect.
- Go for a walk – Sometimes you just have to get out of your house and wander around for some time. Aimless walks are surprisingly calming and walking helps you clear your mind from stress and worries.
- Practice meditation – I have never been one for guided meditation, but I do love finding a quiet place to sit and meditate however I feel like meditating at that moment. Setting a little time to center your focus and breathe calmly makes a huge difference when you’re feeling stressed.
- Stretch or do yoga – Stress, worry, and other bad feelings really affect our bodies, sometimes in ways we don’t even realize. Moving your body around, however you can, and taking a moment to stretch it out will help release some of the tension and get you feeling more open and free.
- Read a good book – When I find my brain flooded with stresses and worries, I sometimes find it helpful to set those aside and fill my head up with someone else’s thoughts and words. Try a new novel, find an inspiring blog post, or grab your favorite book of poetry the next time you find your head full of stressful thoughts.
- Try a new hobby – Sometimes a little change to our normal routine is just what we need when we are feeling stressed. To cope with the stress of my workload in university, I have taken to keeping houseplants around my apartment. Trying something new can be rejuvenating and can help give you something positive to focus on.
- Treat yourself – We can often forget to take care of our needs when we feel swamped with stress. Take a little time to cook yourself a good meal, paint your toenails or grab a coffee with a friend. Treating yourself to a little TLC will remind you that you’re worthy of tenderness even in the midst of your stress.
I hope you find these tips helpful and inspiring.
Tell me, what are your favorite coping techniques for dealing with stress?
Check out Gillian’s list of coping techniques for dealing with stress, make a list of your own, share it on your blog, and be sure to submit your post to the link-up below (using #12lists2016 on social media). Feel free to use the post header provided, just be sure to link to the original posts. Happy list-making!