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? 💬
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:
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. 🍉
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! 💬
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!
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?