10 Ways to De-Stress From a Long Week

10 Ways to De-Stress From a Long Week

Happy Monday everyone! Finals are over and now it’s time for some recovery time. Stressing is no good my friends, but it happens to us all. There are many ways to de-stress, but I have a few favorites! But, as a master of “chillin’ out”, I thought I’d share my 10 ways to de-stress from a long week. Feel free to use these de-stressing tips with your hubby or bff!

10 Ways to De-Stress From a Long Week

1 | Do a Face Mask!

This is a must when I’m recovering from a stressful week. I like to do a black charcoal mask or something refreshing like an avocado or milk mask! You can DIY this or use one you have on hand. If you have a cucumber on hand, make it a whole spa experience and chop it up to relax your tired eyes!– That’s always one of my favorite feelings. Check out this O’Barr life update where Josh and I did some masks together!

What’s your favorite mask to de-stress with? 💬

2 | Make a Magazine Collage

Personally, creating really soothes me. This is something I’ve loved to do since I was a kid! My Aunt Cindy first taught me this and we cut out dolls from this awesome Cabbage Patch magazine. I covered a an entire poster board with all of these little dolls! It’s kind of hilarious now that I think of it. Ever since then, I’ve really loved getting magazines and experimenting.

You could do this a few different ways:

  • Create a mood board
  • Vision board
  • Art piece
  • Place them in your journal entry
  • Anything else? 💬

3 | Do a “No-Pressure” Workout

A little sweat does wonders for dissipating all of that tension built up from the week. Keeping this as something that you like to do is key. Pull out one of your favorite workout dvd’s, sunrise Yoga, pilates, a little jogging, or even a lazy girl workout while watching your favorite tv show!

Find some workout inspiration here!

4 | Listen to Music That Makes You Feel Good!

Getting lost in some music to wash away all of that stress is always the best. Add in some dance moves for bonus points! Spotify is definitely my go-to for this. Here is my Summer ’17 playlist! Give it a listen and follow me on Spotify while you’re at it. 😉

Here are a couple of my favorite relaxing playlists:

Peaceful Piano

Have a Great Day

Relax and Unwind

5 | Eat (or Drink) Your Favorite Healthy Snack

When I get stressed, sometimes I can be tempted to reach for something super sweet. This might be good for a minute, but in turn could only make your stress worse! Sugar isn’t good for your mood. Instead, the best thing is to grab something that is guiltless and yummy! This could be something like strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, or any fruit really. Josh’s fav it apples and caramel!  For a refreshing drink, a freshly squeezed watermelon drink is totally perfect! Watermelon drinks are totally trending right now. I haven’t tried one myself, but they sound delicious. 🍉

6 | Plan a Vacation (even if you’re not going on one anytime soon)

I love doing this one. Recently, I have had this unexplainable obsession with going to Japan. I’m not really sure why, but sometimes I’ll wake up and roll over to Josh and tell him my new reason of why I’m excited to visit Japan. Planning a dream trip that you aren’t necessarily going to be taking any time soon can be a total stress reliever and super fun. When doing this, get into it and really do some research! Think about activities, flights, where you could stay, etc.

7 |  Watch Something Relaxing

I tend to fall back on Baby Animal Planet or The Great British Baking Show! Animals and nice baking are just magic to me. I’m sure you could think of something that is just a good time to sit and watch; your favorite comedy, a go-to chick flick, or a childhood favorite! Comment your fav. tv shows below! 💬

8 | Wear Your Favorites

When I’m recovering from stress, I don’t want to pile on a pair of uncomfortable jeans, an itchy shirt, or that old clunky bracelet that’s cute but jabs into my skin. I want to feel good! Grab your favorite comfy go-to T-shirt or pull over dress and kick back. This headband(pictured above) is what I grab when I want to 1. keep my hair out of my face, 2. be comfy, 3. and still look cute.

9 | Take Your Vitamins

Every year after finals week, I get a cold sore.

This is no joke.

The stress literally sprouts a coldsore somewhere on my lip! L-Lysine really helps with getting rid of these. This also a perfect opportunity to catch up on any other vitamins you might be lacking such a Vitamin D, C, Omega-3, etc. Just in general this is a good time to practice that self-care routine. Read how to create a self-care routine!

10 | Adult Coloring

Coloring is definitely one of my favorite memories growing up. There is something about putting color to an image that is so relaxing. I personally feel that this is meditative. It can be a great way to just focus on the here and now and unwind. Now, there are a ton of adult coloring books that are specifically geared towards calmness and relaxation. Not to mention that this is super fun!


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What are your favorite ways to de-stress?

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  1. July 31, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Great ideas. I need this list…it’s been a rougjt couple of weeks!

  2. Harriet
    July 31, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Wonder ideas. I love coloring.

  3. Joline
    July 31, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    When I want to watch something relaxing, I tune in to TOO CUTE it’s all about puppies and kittens! I feel better instantly 🙂

  4. July 31, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Great de-stress tips!

  5. July 31, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    Such a fun post! Love making magazine collages, planning trips and doing face masks to relax and unwind. These are all great ideas to get rid of stress!

  6. August 1, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    I freakin’ love this list. Coloring is my jam. I also LOVE doing masks as a way to de-stress. I honestly don’t think I’ve seen major changes to my skin from doing the masks I have – I do them for fun haha. Have you found any miracle masks that have made a noticeable difference in your skin?


  7. Brittany O'Barr
    August 1, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Hey! I actually I do have one that I love! This mask has honestly transformed my skin. My skin is way more clear and healthier. I do notice that I have to do it every couple of weeks to keep it that way or else it just goes back to normal, but it helps me so much! It’s a charcoal blackhead remover mask and I got it from Amazon called Bioaqua. Here is the link: https://goo.gl/MD9JBQ . I will warn you though that if your skin is extremely sensitive I wouldn’t recommend it. It hurts a little bit when you take it off, but it’s been worth it to me because it’s helped so much! Hope this helps. ❤️

  8. August 9, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Well thank god we have the internet and google maps, we can travel anytime we want or as you wrote, plan a vacation 🙂

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