Taking time for yourself and doing something you enjoy is really important. It helps prevent from becoming burnt out and overly stressed, plus it’s good to slow down every now and then and enjoy life a little.
So I’ve made a list of some good things to do to help you de-stress and not think about that extensive to do list.
Do that thing you’ve been meaning to do but keep putting off. You know what I’m talking about. For me, it’s learning how to play the ukulele my boyfriend bought for me almost a year and a half ago. I look at that thing pretty much everyday and think to myself how I need to pick it up and actually learn how to decently play it.
Write it out. For me, writing is super helpful when I’m feeling anxious or down. I am a huge fan of journaling, and also just writing to write. Since I feel like I’m always writing for class or my job, it’s great to write for fun sometimes. I’ve been working on the same book for more than four years now, and even though it gets frustrating, it’s still one of my favorite ways to get away from the world for a little bit.
Watch some mindless television. I don’t watch a lot of T.V., but I think it’s a great way to relax and just not think for a little bit. Is The Bachelor totally fake? Yes. Is it entertaining? Hell yeah.
Read. I know not everyone likes to read, but if you’re like me, you probably find reading one of the best ways to forget the world for a while. I just finished the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, and it was great. I definitely recommend if you’re into the young adult fantasy genre (which, fun fact, is what genre the book series I’m working on is).
Clean up your space. Not the most fun thing to do, but dang, does having a clean room feel good. A clean room equals a clear head.
Go somewhere you’ve been meaning to go to. Go to that coffee shop you’ve been wanting to go to for forever, even if you have a ton of other things you should probably be doing instead. Drink some coffee, stare out a window and maybe bring along a friend.
Take a nap. I’m not a big napper. I have to be exhausted if I’m going to force myself to lay down and nap. I always get this panicky feeling right before falling asleep that there’s something I should be doing, but just ignore it. Naps are actually good for you, even if you feel like you don’t really deserve one.
Exercise. I’ve sadly been sick and unable to work out or run in the last week or so, and it’s made me realize how much exercising on a daily basis actually helps. Sweating a few times a week does wonders for your physical and mental health.
Lay out in the sun. One of my favorite things to do is lay out in my backyard during the summer and listen to music. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep and get sunburned.
Make a healthy snack/meal. Eating healthy can go a long way, and focusing on making something can be relaxing. My go to for a healthy snack is usually apple slices and some peanut butter.
Well, hopefully this list helps you next time you’re feeling stressed and looking for a way to decompress. Let me know some of your guys’ favorite ways to relax in the comments below.