living and breathing stress. That's why it's so important to once in a while stop in this fast-paced world and take a deep breath. When you feel all of that stress building up simply stop for a minute and practice some of these "de-stress exercises", not only will your built-up stress disappear but you'll also feel much happier! Give them a try and find out what works for you!
Color in a Mandala Coloring Book
Coloring books...for adults? How cool is that, probably one of the greatest things ever! The patterns are absolutely beautiful you'll get lost in your own little world while coloring. They're one of my favorite ways to calm myself plus inspire some creativity. And they're only like 9 bucks, you can find them at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and even Walmart! Trust me, give them a try and you'll fall in love!
I know, I know, as a writer I will always recommend to write but it works! Keep a journal to express your thoughts in words. Every morning start off by writing what you're thankful for and what your goal is for the day. Get inspired. At night, if something is bothering you, write it down on paper. Write about your day, the good parts and the not-so-great. You'll feel much more relieved once your problems are out of your head.
Watch a comedy
You know those days when all you want to do is get home, put on pj's and curl up in a ball under the covers? Yeah, we all have them. Put on your favorite comedy movie or TV series (I'd recommend How I Met Your Mother) to have a good laugh, after all, laughter is indeed the best medicine to anything. Throw in some IceCream as well, you can never go wrong with IceCream.
Take a bath
It may sound simple and that's why it works. What better way to unwind after a hectic day than with a nice bath. Fill it with bubbles, throw in your favorite bath bomb, light some candles, and put on music. Sounds amazing, doesn't it?
Get outside and exercise
I'm not saying to do 2 hours of an intense boot camp; just a simple walk around the park or a light jog through your neighborhood will do the job. Set your mind free of any problems, plus taking in some outside air is always good for the health. If for some reason jogging is the last thing on your mind, bring your favorite book to the park and take in some nature while reading!
The point is to not let the stress of your frenetic lifestyle take you down. Stop and breathe. Remember to live life and have fun, make some time for yourself and your health!
What are some of your favorite ways to de-stress after a long day/week?