Hope you are all doing well? Today was my last day in work for five days and tomorrow is my 23rd birthday woohoo! I'm still a big kid though at heart ha. Tonight's post is a little more personal and to be honest I always worry about these type of posts. I tend to write them and not publish them, because I tend to think people won't care and I don't want to seem like I'm trying to tell people how to be. However, I've had a surge of positivity and tonight I really wanted to share it with you! The past few months have been pretty brain draining and even though I'm proud to say I'm coming through it.. I still can't deny it's been a tough old journey. Between a full time job, uni finals, blogging, travelling a lot, anxiety and various other things I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed. Me and Daniel decided to get mountain bikes, as it's something we both used to love as kids and of course it's great for fitness too. I'm lucky to live out in the countryside where it's absolutely perfect to get out in the fresh air and really enjoy the beautiful scenery, which personally really helps me. I thought I would put together my top tips for coming through a bit of a 'tough spell' so I hope this will be at least helpful to one of you! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below and if you would like to get hold of me a little quicker, you can also use my social media icons just to the right hand side of my blog :)
Top Tips For Stress Busting
And breathe... I feel like breathing is so understated in terms of stress relief, as it's something we do without even thinking about it. However, if you just take a minute to be mindful and realise what it actually feels like to breathe then it can totally take your mind of the situation at hand, even if it's just for a few minutes. You can find out more about mindfulness here 'Headspace'
Go outside whatever the weather... Take a break from your stress! Going outside in the sun, wind, rain or snow won't get rid of the problem, but changing your surroundings and experiencing new senses will definitely help to re-focus your mind.
Do what you love... A common result of stress is stopping doing something that you love and this could be for a lot of reasons. Perhaps you don't feel you have the time anymore, or that a certain issue is draining your energy and motivation? I've just got myself a new mountain bike and it's something I loved as a kid, but stopped due to a lack of time. I'm already SO excited to start going on bike rides and it actually inspired me to write this whole post. Cycling is supposed to be just as good for stress as yoga/medication.. plus it's proven to give you a 'happy head' but you can read that here, as I'm sure you don't want to hear me rambling on about nerve cells and neurons ha!
Exercise the way you enjoy... Exercise is a proven way to target stress, but sometimes the thought of exercise can actually make you feel a little 'meh' especially if you're a little down and don't fancy the gym or normal types of exercise. There are so many different ways to exercise, whether it be walking, tennis, cycling or trampolining just to name a few.
Make a positive effort... Stress will always try and zap positivity, but you can do some things to try and help yourself. When you're feeling in a more positive mind set, why not get a little creative by making a 'Positivity Jar' Put a few happy quotes and inspiring messages in and pull them out when you're feeling a little low. One kind word or memory can be enough to shake off any unwanted negativity. You could always look at starting a new hobby or perhaps catching up with old friends?
It's Okay Not To Be Okay... You might be thinking why on earth am I saying this, when I've just been going on about being positive. One thing I have learnt is that the more you bottle up emotions the more problems you will face. I'm not ashamed to admit that a few years ago I had to get therapy, as I got to a point where I really couldn't shake anxiety from my day to day life. In order to be okay, you need to understand why you're not okay and not be afraid to feel it and really understand it. It's a lot easier to make a positive change when you're completely aware of your feelings.
I hope this has helped you lovelies! I'm no expert and my advice today is really from the heart and hopefully it will be of some help to some of my readers. I've always held back from these types of posts, because I do worry about people honestly not caring about what I have to say. However, I've had a rush of positivity and I wanted to share it with you lovelies. I would really love to hear your thoughts below, also do you have any tips you could add?
Lot's Of Love