I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been living through a never-ending winter. It’s almost the end of February, but Mother Nature can’t seem to get her act together, at least here up north. Without sunshine, I feel even more stress.
So amidst these dreary days and freezing cold temperatures, I thought it would be nice to offer some insight on how I manage to stay positive and de-stress. Read on to discover the four ways I ease anxiety!
1. Get Clean
Smell good = feel good
Whenever I feel like I’m carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders alone, my go-to reaction is to get in warm water. My favorite way to enhance a bath is to add a bath bomb or natural oils like lavender (which relieves headaches) or vanilla (which is calming). Try this next time you feel overwhelmed. You’ll come out feeling refreshed, clean, and smelling good!
2. Listen to Feel-Good Music
Good music for Bad days
My most-used playlist has got to be one titled “Good music for Bad days.” My favorite songs that really put my mind at ease include the following:
- We’re Gonna Be OK by Taylor John Williams
- Hold On by Shawn Mendes
- fragile by Gnash (feat. wrenn)
- Maybe IDK by Jon Bellion
- Let It All Go by Birdy
- Celestial by Tori Kelly
Of course, it all depends on what type of music you like! But either way, pick up some headphones or turn on a speaker to listen to gentle, soothing sounds.
3. Spread Positivity
What goes around comes around!
The best way for me to make myself feel worse is make others feel bad. When I am already stressed/anxious enough, it is easy to snap at any little issue and blame others. But then I feel bad for making someone else upset so I just beat myself up over that more!
In order to begin the anxiety-relief process, it is important to only spread positive vibes around. There’s something about complimenting others that makes you feel good as well. Help yourself by helping others!
4. Open Up
Find a safe outlet
Open up either through talking it out or writing it out. Never underestimate the power of paper and pen, but don’t forget people can listen and offer help. I’ve found that the worst thing I can do when I’m having anxiety issues is to isolate myself. Isolation only allows bad feelings to brew. Friends or family members can offer a new perspective or insight to stresses. They might be able to help more than just as lending a pair of ears.
So there you have it! My four ways of relieving stress or anxiety, explained. Comment below if you’ve experienced stress or anxiety and if you have any advice as well!