Life can get very busy and stressful, and it’s easy to forget to take some time to look after ourselves. I know for me personally, life recently has been a bit crazy (all good though), and I haven’t been prioritizing time to de-stress and just relax. If you’ve been feeling the same way recently, I thought I would share some of my favorite ways to de-stress + relax!
Now, this may sound a bit weird since cleaning isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of relaxing. But it honestly can make a big difference! The environment that you are in plays a big part in your mood. I find taking time to clean and organize my space helps keep me less stressed throughout the week. And it’s a great way to take your mind off of anything that is stressing you out!
There’s nothing better than taking a relaxing bath after a long day. So, if you haven’t treated yourself to one in a while, do just that! Light some candles, use some Epsom salts and relax for a bit.
Fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for the soul. If you have time during your day take a mini walk for 20 minutes. It gets the body moving, which your mind will appreciate. If you don’t have time during the week to go for a walk, plan a mini hiking day trip during the weekend with some friends or family!
One of my favorite ways to take my mind off of things is to get lost in a good book. Spend an hour at the end of the day reading a book you’ve always wanted to read. And if books aren’t really your thing, a good movie is a great choice too. If you need any book recommendations, you can click here to see my favorites!
I’ve talked a lot on here about how much music can affect my mood, and listening to happy songs can really do wonders for changing your mood! Take some time to create a playlist of songs that help you relax or that make you feel good. This way, whether you’re cleaning your space or taking a bath, you have some music to listen to. You can click here to see my favorite feel-good songs, and here to see my favorite songs to listen to in the morning!
ASMR is not for everyone, but if you’ve never tried it before then I highly suggest you do! The easiest way to describe it is it’s a massage for your brain. Different kinds of ASMR work for different people, so have a browse of different videos on YouTube until you find what you like. I watch ASMR every night to help me fall asleep + whenever I’m a bit stressed, and it always helps relax me. My 2 favorite ASMRist’s are Gibi ASMR and FrivolousFox ASMR!
If I’m feeling a bit uninspired or overwhelmed from all that I need to do, I like to give myself a break to look for inspiration. I find it helps motivate me plus gives my mind a little break. Pinterest and Instagram are my two favorite places to do this.
Baking is always something I have found therapeutic. There’s just something so nice about following a recipe, measuring everything, and seeing the finished product. Plus, you get a yummy treat at the end!
I hope this gave you some ideas on ways you can de-stress, or at least served as a reminder to relax every once and a while! It’s all about finding what personally helps you de-stress.
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!