I don’t know about you, but stress always brings on the worst reactions for me; Low appetite, anxiety, panic, indecisiveness – the list goes on. I thought it would be nice to share some of my methods to de-stress, especially for you students going back to school. I remember my stressful days at school, with projects, exams, deadlines… I feel you!
1. Talk to someone & keep track of your stress – This is by far one of the most helpful techniques for me personally. Whenever I am overwhelmed I call my mom, sister, boyfriend, friend, and they always know exactly what to say and give me reassurance that everything will be okay. Next, writing down notes on your stress episodes can help you to avoid and cope with any stress you may encounter again. Try it out!
2. Unplug – Avoid your phone, emails, social media, anything that can possibly be causing you stress for at least 30 minutes straight everyday. It can be soooo tempting to check your phone for that important email, or check how many likes your most recent photo received, but this is not healthy to be constantly doing. Unplugging is also something I am trying to improve on and I notice a huge difference, especially when I’m out with friends/family where I focus my energy & time with them and not my phone.
3. Drink a glass of wine – Having a glass of wine always relaxes me and puts me on cloud 9. Red wine especially is actually healthy for your heart as it contains antioxidants such as polyphenols. If you are not of age yet to drink wine, try some tea. Chamomile tea has very relaxing properties that will keep you cozy, help put your mind at ease, and is also great to have before bed time. Green tea contains L-Theanine which is proven to reduce stress, yay! Reminder to also drink plenty of water every single day to avoid dehydration, which can cause stress (by increasing cortisol levels).
4. Go for a walk, try yoga, or do a simple exercise – I get it, exercising isn’t always the most fun activity out there, but I promise you, if you take some time to take care of your body by going outside for a 20 minute walk, or by doing your favourite exercise, you will feel a million times better! Whenever I am feeling a bit down or stressed, I go for a run and the way I feel afterwards is indescribable. Highly recommend!
5. Treat yourself to a massage or facial – Massages are proven calm the nervous system, lower blood pressure, and regulate breathing, among many things. Facials promote lymphatic drainage and reveal a healthy glow. Although these treatments can be expensive, remind yourself that you are doing this for yourself and your health. If you have proper skincare (cleanser, exfoliant, mask, serum, moisturizer) you can save money by doing an at-home facial.
Bonus – Ensure you are getting enough sleep every night; 7-9 hours is recommended to ensure you have energy to take on the next day, healthy skin, a clear mind, and yup, you guessed it – less stress! Power naps are also perfect for those afternoon pick-me ups!