Relax: Tips To Help You Deal With Stress

We're never totally relaxed, are we? Life isn't all smiles and rainbows and dancing in the rain. It isn't supposed to be. It's painful, it's hard, and it's riddled with stressors. So how do we deal with that stress? How do we alleviate it, and cope?

Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well. 
Judith Hanson Lasater

Today I'm sharing some practical tips that I hope will help you relax. I hope that they will, at least temporarily, banish that stress and allow you to breathe.

Everyone says it, I know, but for a reason. Taking a walk on the beach, or even around your garden, is so good for you. I'm not an outdoors person, so I'm often tempted to say no to a walk on the beach or around our neighbourhood, but this year I'm trying to change that. A walk on the beach, getting all that beautiful fresh air, always makes me feel better, and it's totally worth the effort of getting up and out of the house.

Going outside might be the last thing your stressed-out self feels like. But it's healthy, it's refreshing, and it temporarily lifts you out of the claustrophobic panic that surrounds you at home.

Music - or sounds - can be incredibly soothing. Just search soothing sounds on YouTube and the choices are endless. Lie down, close your eyes, and listen to music. It may alleviate your stress.

This works brilliantly for me. Gilmore Girls and F.R.I.E.N.D.S are my preferences. They're the perfect feel-good, warmhearted shows to make you smile, make you laugh, and ease your tension. The great things about these two shows in particular is that they're nice. They'll warm you up inside and wrap you in a virtual hug. There's no actual horribleness about the stories or characters.

I don't recommend watching a violent action movie or dramatic fantasy when you're stressed ;)  Those will only assault your sensors when you're already on high alert. A comedy, on the other hand, should put you at ease. 

This might sound totally bizarre, but it's my go-to method to get rid of stress. It keeps me busy, it gives me something to do, and I accomplish something. I'm also a neat-freak, and cleaning and tidying and reorganising closets and sorting through my room to get rid of stuff I no longer need, is therapy like nothing else. I love it. I'm probably a total nerd, but even sorting through my emails is therapeutic. Organising just makes me happy. It makes me feel lighter.

Literal cleaning can also "cleanse" your mind. It takes your mind off stresses, and it's productive. You feel good once you've done it. It's not for everyone, but it's ideal for me.

Writing out your thoughts, journalling, or drawing/painting can help you relax, too. They're therapeutic and they make you focus.

But they don't work for everyone. Personally, writing and drawing don't help me relax. I don't like sitting down and I find it hard to stay still if I'm stressed. But hey - there's no harm in giving them a try, and maybe they'll work better for you! 

I DON'T MEAN ALCOHOL. Or caffeine, which will probably make you jittery. Instead, drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated, and warm milk is also very soothing when you're stressed.

Resist the caffeine urge - it'll only aggravate your stress.

How do you usually relax? Have you tried any of these methods?