Being stressed is one of the worst things ever, but when you are inside a stress-bublé it can be sooo super difficult to get out again, especially because you often won’t be able to take a whole day out of your busy schedule to “properly” deal with the stress.
In this post I have made a list of 20 things, none of which would take more than an hour or two, that will help you relax and de-stress.
Listen to music
Listening to music is always a good way to change your mood for the better, and specially chill songs are great for a little downtime.
Take a nap
Read a book
I realise that not everybody likes to read “for fun”, but I personally believe that in those cases it is simply because the person haven’t read the right book yet. BUT, in case you are on the don’t-like-books wagon, you can also have a little downtime by reading magazines or newspapers.
Take a bath
Mindful drawing have been a bit of a trend lately, and especially the Mandala colouring books have been said to be a great way to de-stress. The Mandala book I have and use myself is unfortunately sold out, but this one seem to be almost the same.
Do yoga or pilates
Light a candle
I love candles! Especially during the colder winter months where it’s just dark all the time. Candles are a great way to add a little extra “hugge” to any moment, and you can even get scented candles which are made to be relaxing.
Take a tea break
I know that the majority of people, myself included, properly prefer coffee breaks, BUT since all studies show that tea is a much better solution when in desperate need for some relaxation, this might also be worth giving a try. I personally love mint teat, or ginger lemon tea with tons of honey.
Keep a journal
Or do any other kind of writing. It could for example be to write a letter to someone or write a random and completely made up short story. You can even get books that guide you 100% in what to write, like this five-minute-journal or this question book.
Watch the clouds / stars
Move super slowly
Look at art
A quick visit to the quite and beautiful surroundings of a museum is always relaxing. If you are ever in Copenhagen, I especially like Glyptoteket.
Paint or draw on something that aren’t paper
Take slow deep belly breaths
Eat a meal in silence
This can be the most awkward thing in the whole world. I honestly hate eating in silence so much that sometimes I will let my food get cold while looking through Netflix to find something to watch while eating. BUT, the rare times where I do eat in silence, I am always surprised by how relaxing it is.
Go for a walk
This is always a good way to wind down and be alone with you thought, plus, fresh air is always a good remedy for stress.
Take a bike ride
This has the same effect as a good walk. Fresh air and a clear mind.
Take the time to examine an everyday object
Turn off all electronics
This seems pretty self-explanatory and obvious, however, a lot of people, myself included, might never actually consider doing this just in order to relax. BUT, if you do do it, just for an hour or two, it is sure to help you de-stress.