May is such a stressful month. I still have nightmares of high school, going over notes a thousand times, constantly studying, and trying to squeeze in extra-curricular activities like playing guitar, writing a novel, and having a social life.
It’s crazy trying to get everything done and your best motivator is that summer is right around the corner. Ah, freedom.
How are we going to make it to that finish line without stress getting the best of us? I’ll tell you in this weeks Five Things Friday
Five Fast Stress Relief Tips
1. Connect with Friends and Family
Instead of letting all that stress build up inside of you, give your best friend a call. Catch up, see how they’re doing. Gain encouragement from your parents, they know you best, and they might just have the perfect solution for your worries. You could just be “hangry” and not realize it until your mother says so. -True story.
Jogging is my enemy. I hate it so much. I’d rather be watching Netflix and eating doughnuts. Instead of looking at exercise as a chore, I try to look at it as a challenge. Yesterday I got 6,000 steps logged with my FitBit. Today I’m going to do more and I’ll beat yesterdays goal.
Find what works best for you. It could be jogging, pilates, or yoga. You could hit the gym or go outside. Exercising will help relieve stress, you’ll sleep better, feel better, lose weight, and the list goes on.
Not everyone has the same perspective on meditation, and I understand that. Some would rather pray, and that’s great too! I like to set aside thirty minutes of my time, turn off the TV, computer and put my cell phone in another room. I sit at my desk with a notebook and pen and write down everything that’s on my mind. If I do this on the couch or anywhere cozy, quiet time turns into nap time, and so I’m propped up at my desk. When I can no longer think of anything else to write, I make a list, and start getting things done.
4. Eat a Healthy Snack
This is important, especially if you’re hangry. Honestly, that candy bar isn’t going to do much for you, neither will that energy drink. Oh, sure, you’ll feel great and on top of the world for about an hour. Then you’re going to experience a sugar crash and feel far worse than before. Do yourself a favor and eat a high protein snack. It will give you lasting energy that will help you feel satisfied until your next meal.
5. Treat Yourself (to something affordable.)
Please don’t dig yourself into massive credit card debt. Becoming a shopaholic is a real thing and it’s not pretty. If your budget is small, may I suggest a shopping spree at the dollar store. Nope, not sarcasm, my average trip is about $20.
You don’t have to spend money to treat yourself either. Sure, that’s what Tom and Donna do in Parks and Recreation, but they saved up money every year to have that one glorious day. Give yourself a pedicure, dress up in your most glamorous outfit and go to dinner. Enjoy window shopping. Binge watch an entire season of your favorite TV show. Have a piece of triple chocolate fudge cheesecake.
Have fun. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Take your time.
Be well my friends.