- Writing it out || Of course at this point you all know how much I love lists and I'm sure you all are very similar in feeling the need to write things out. However, I was writing lists on every scrap paper I could find and then would be overwhelmed with how many lists I had - so I consolidated after taking a project management training. The instructor told us to basically look at all the roles you play in your life - for me it's full time work, blog, wedding business & home / personal. Every Sunday I write out everything I have going on in the next 2 weeks in every category and I rank them 1-3. 1. Has to get done. 2. Would be nice if I could get to. 3. Not going to happen. can someone else do it? can I push it off? is it necessary? This has helped me immensely and I've also noticed that I don't really have that much I have to do every single week!
- Acupuncture || I reviewed my experience with acupuncture last year and was pleasantly surprised with how many of you agreed that this was in fact a way you liked to de-stress as well! I try to get ahead of my stress by looking at the month ahead and seeing when I'm more than likely to get stressed and I make an appointment for that week or at least I try to. I don't always rely on acupuncture, honestly it's expensive, but I love how I feel after so to me that's worth the cost.
- Tea || Call me grandma if you'd like, but every night I make a cup of tea and relax. Sometimes it's watching something mindless on TV, or catching up on the shows we have on DVR, but this tea ritual is basically my favorite time of the night. It's my way of letting my mind and body know that I'm ready to relax. It's almost a mind shift, but I try to put my phone away during this as well.
- Ordering Out || I may meal plan with the best intentions but inevitably both Gary and I will get home later than expected one night or just not feel like cooking after a particularly hard day so I let myself enjoy the luxuries of ordering out and not have to worry about cooking, doing dishes and then cleaning up. And you know what else?! I end up getting about an hour of my night back which results in being less stressed - win | win!!
- Read, anything || Over the last year I've rekindled my love with reading. There is nothing quite like getting lost in a good book & it really does help me forget about everything on my mind. I'm focused on the characters in the book & what they're dealing with...looking at it this way might seem like I'm just adding to things cluttering my head, but I promise it's a great way to drown out the noise. I read on the train so it helps make a sometimes cluster-filled commute feel short and sweet or it helps me get super tired before bed!
5 Ways I Manage StressMay 12, 2017