How to De-Stress

If you follow my blog daily, you’ll notice that this past week I haven’t posted any actual posts!  I’ve been relying on Awards to keep it running.  The reason for this is because I have been extremely busy with school these past couple of weeks.  When you are in an art program such as theatre, it becomes your entire life.  You live and breath it, and that’s just the way it is. You really do have to love your work in order to stay sane.  However, you aren’t always going to love what you are doing, and times will get difficult.  So what I’m sharing with you today is how I deal with stress and anxiety. First of all, I have really bad anxiety.
There are many times when I get so overwhelmed that I feel like I can’t cope, but I’ve noticed that certain things really can help.

Treat Yourself: Paint your nails or put on an exfoliating face mask.  Everything always feels better when your nails and skin look good, am I right?  Also, when your nails are still drying and you are waiting to take the mask off, you really have no choice but to sit down, relax and watch TV.

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Have Fun: Don’t forget to make time for the activities you love.  Watching a movie, playing video games, reading a book… all of these are great ways to de-stress. Listen to music on your way to work or before you go to bed.  For many people it is a great way to just be in the moment.  If you like to write or draw, make time for those things as well. My roommate is always reminding me to draw when she notices my anxiety rising.  She knows I love drawing and it makes me happy to do so. When I complain of not having the time, she reminds me to make time.  You can focus so much better on work if you take the time you need to relax. IMG_1565 Make a Bubble Bath: Throw a bath bomb in the water and let your mind wander.  I usually have showers in the morning, but those few times I decide to have a bath, I find myself extremely relaxed. Turn off your phone: I know it’s hard! But seriously, do it.  Constantly checking your phone for Facebook updates, Instagram likes and comments on your blog (I do it too guys) may not seem like a problem, but when you disconnect for a while, you have time to recharge and refocus.  Do this before you go to bed as well.  I always sleep much better when my phone is off.

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Put the kettle on: This may sound very British of me, but the saying is true.  A nice cup of tea or hot chocolate can make a world of a difference.  Teas such as chamomile, peppermint and honey lemon are known to be great choices for the evening when you want to wind down.  I also recently found out that my favourite caffeinated tea, Earl Grey is beneficial for fighting anxiety and depression.  Bergamot contains natural aromatherapy qualities and is known the have a mood boosting, calming effect on people.

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Maintain a healthy diet. Now I am by far not the healthiest person.  I am actually terrible when it comes to eating healthy.  But when I do eat the right foods, I have so much more energy and my focus is improved.  In the morning if I’m in a rush, I pour a bowl of cheerios or have oatmeal.  Both of these are so fast, and are a much better option than grabbing a muffin or bagel.  For lunch, my go to healthy option is salad.  On Sunday night I pre-cut all of my vegetables for the week and store them in the fridge.  Then when I’m running out the door, late for class (again), I literally throw a handful of spinach and veggies into a container and go.  It takes less than a minute and certainly beats long cafeteria lines. If I want to add protein to my salad, I will cook a couple of plain chicken breasts in the oven on Sunday night, cut them into small pieces and add those to my salads as well.  For dinner, stir-fry is always a healthy option!  Loads of veggies, rice and chicken, how can you go wrong?  Now if only I would take my own advice and consistently eat healthier!

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Make time for exercise: I don’t go to the gym or go running or anything like that, but I do love yoga and stretching.  If I am feeling overwhelmed, I take a minute and stretch, and instantly feel calmer.  What I noticed as well is on the days that I get up early to stretch before jumping in the shower, I am much more awake and have a better attitude towards the day. IMG_4308 What do you do when you’re stressed out?  I’d love to hear your methods of coping. I hope you all are feeling relaxed and content!  Happy Wednesday everyone.

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21 thoughts on “How to De-Stress

  1. Kelly;
    I am speechless; absolutely amazing post; well written words along with your trade-mark style of stunning images….you made my day, by writing this post;
    In the response of your question
    “What do you do when you’re stressed out”?
    We both share many methods like; Watching a movie, reading a book; Turn off your phone:Make time for exercise but out of all; one thing which I prefer is always wake up early in the morning, have a brisk walking of around 30 minutes in garden, light exercise for fifteen minutes and MEDITATION for fifteen minutes; and believe it works……Just try it for few days…you will be amazed by the transformation it creates in your life….
    Wishing you all the best……

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      • Kelly;
        Yes, Meditation is very very useful; especially, if you are in the creative field of theatre; because, for the person like you, coolness, calmness and a composed mind is a most essential requirement. Simply, you create some of the best things; so, I specifically, suggest you try it for few days. By the way few days ago, I came across this blog, just go through it
        https://findingalexandra.wordpress.com/
        You will enjoy it.
        Wishing you all the best.

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  2. Lovely post. I think I need to do that everyday 🙂
    Is that your drawing, wow… That’s art ❤
    Thank you so much for sharing this, after the week I had, your post is a great reminder to just relax and do the things I love doing 🙂
    Thank you.

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  3. Love this post. Whenever I am stressed these are the things that helps me:
    1. Hot teas
    2. Exercise
    3. Read a book to keep my mind off my problems
    4. Go for a mani/pedi or massage
    5. Vaccum or clean the house (this sounds crazy but it’s really therapeutic for me)
    6. Nap

    Hope your weeks get better! xx

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    • Hey Nazneen, thanks for the response! All of those sound like great ways to relax. I’d love to go for a massage so much. I’ve actually never been! I can see how cleaning the house can help reduce stress. Cleaning takes my mind off things too. I always end up making my bed or cleaning my room when I am putting off studying. Haha.

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  4. Super post, Kelly, and great tips that we need to remember to live a full life, despite how busy we all seem to be these days :). I especially like your tip to turn off the phone, nothing like forgetting to do so, then awakened in the middle of the night with a “ding”, even if the phone is not next to you. Better to turn it OFF, I’m learning. It would be great to see more of your artwork, so hopefully you’ll post when you can on your blog articles 🙂

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    • Thanks for your kind words Lola Jane! I put my phone in Flight Mode at night so there is no signal coming in, there is no available WiFi, but the alarm clock is still functional.
      Thanks for your interest in my artwork! I’ll for sure do a post about them. What would you like to see in the post?

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      • Ahhh…flight mode, of course! This way, I can still use it as an alarm if needed.

        On your artwork, I would love to see whatever projects you are working on though your studies when you feel inspired to put it up on your blog. The wonderful thing about blogs is to see what direction it takes over the course of a year, or two…and beyond. And it will be fun to see how your artwork develops and these snaphots of that moment in time too…in addition to your words and photos.

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