5 Ways to Relax and De-Stress

9:09 AM

As I have been practicing more self-care, I have noticed myself to be more relaxed than ever. I have always considered myself to be a fairly relaxed person, not getting too stressed out about things, but now that I have shifted my mindset a little, I realize that I was stressed and didn’t even realize it. Here are some ways I have change my lifestyle to become less stressed and I hope they can help you too!

1.     Decluttering – Once I started packing for my move, I realized that I have way too much stuff that I don’t even use. I started to thoroughly go through my things and get rid of anything that I don’t use, and stuff that I have just been holding on to for the hopes of future uses. Just seeing less in my closet and on top of my dressers and nightstand feels like my mind has less clutter too. I feel more relaxed in my room and I didn’t even know that having more things can cause more stress.
2.     Hygge – Hygge is something that I have been incorporating into my lifestyle for years, but didn’t realize there was an actual term for it. Hygge is a Danish term for having a simpler life. It is all about comfort and feeling cozy and there is no American term for this word. It’s pretty much that feeling you get in the fall when you can snuggle up by a fire with tea (or any hot drink) in a big sweater and just relax. I have been incorporating this into my nightly routine and it’s something I look forward to each day. I  I light candles and my Himalayan salt lamp, make some tea (my favorite for relaxation is chamomile tea), and read a book under lots and lots of blankets.
3.     Disconnecting – I just made a post on the different benefits I have gotten from disconnecting. You can read about that here. However, even just turning my phone off the hour before I go to bed helps me relax so much more before I go to sleep.
4.     Journaling – I am going to be making a full post just about this alone, but journaling has been great for helping me relax. There are several different ways you can journal, but the one that has helped me the most with relaxing is doing stream of consciousness writing. This is where you don’t focus on making the writing look pretty, and you don’t focus on the spelling or grammar, you just write about whatever is on your mind. I like to do this because it helps me get all of my thoughts out of my head. This is great if you have trouble falling asleep because your mind is constantly running. You can try journaling before bed about everything you are thinking of, and everything that is stressing you out at the time, so you can let it go.
5.     Yoga – Yoga has so many benefits, and one of them is to help you de-stress. During yoga, you don’t focus on anything the whole time except your breathing and what you are doing in that moment. There are many different types of yoga, but if I am feeling particularly stressed I’ll do more Restorative yoga, or Yin yoga. Both of these styles are slow-paced and you hold the poses for longer than normal. They are designed to help you relax and to focus on your breathing.

I hope these tips can help you feel more relaxed and help you focus more on your self-care! Let me know what you do to relax down below.

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