The importance of being able to relieve stress in 2021 is higher than its ever been. We are surrounded by negative news, awful situations and of course the pandemic. This past year has taken such a toll on so many peoples mental health that I think a welcomed break from the stress of it all is really needed. Stress can really take a toll, not only on your mind but your body too. I think people forget how powerful the mind is, and how important it is to make sure you are looking after yourself mentally and physically, in all aspects.
I love how so many people have various ways that they like to relieve stress. Some go on holidays, some take time off from the regular routine and some even seek adventure and doing something crazy. In todays post I want to share the five ways that I like to do to relieve stress. And I would love to hear your remedies for getting through those stressful periods of life too!
If you have been following along on my new lifestyle journey, you’ll know that I have really fallen in love with exercising. And if you knew me before I did exercising, you wont believe I am even saying this. Before I got back into it, I probably hadn’t done exercise for 3-4 years. Which I know, is crazy. I went for walks and did the bare minimum but nothing like I am doing now.
Ever since I started exercising, I don’t know what I ever did before. It really has helped so much with my mental health. On my rest days, I almost don’t know what to do with myself and feel lost when I have nothing to do to fill my time. Not only is exercise good for your body, it works wonders on helping to heal your mind. There have been days where I have been so anxious and stressed that I didn’t want to workout, but after I did I had a whole new perspective on things.
If you’re not much of an exerciser, there are smaller things you can do that will help. Like going on longer walks, or maybe doing shorter burst of exercise. There really is something for everyone.
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Something I have really enjoyed since I was a young child is playing games. I remember my very first game which was the Sims 1 on the playstation 1. It made me fall in love with the game, and I haven’t stopped playing it since. Gaming really is such a great stress reliever for me. It just allows me to get sunk into and immersed into a game. It works as a great way to escape from normal life, and be fully in a new world.
Plays.org is a great website that I love to use to explore and find new games to get stuck into. As I am a fan of PC games, I was so excited to find this website and find out how many hundreds of free games they have for everyone. Did I mention they are completely free?! How cool is that. As I am such a fan of simulation games, of course thats where I spend most of my time on the site. One of my favourites is the open restaurant simulation game. Its a tough task to get through as the time goes on, but I love how you have to serve, seat and clean up after all of your customers. Such a fun touch. One of my other favourites (which is of course a simulation game) is called flight sim. It’s a game where you have control over an airport and you have to make sure you select runways and landings for different aircrafts. It’s such a simple game but I really love the challenge and logistics that go into it.
Gaming has helped me so much on many occasions to relieve stress. Just to spend a few minutes or even hours, in a game can really turn my day around.
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TAKING TIME OFF
A no brainer for this one is taking time off. Alot of the time my stress happens when I try to do too much. Back when I was still posting 5-6 times a week on my blog, running my Etsy business and doing social media for both. I became so overwhelmed with it all that something had to give. I decided it was time to take time off from it all.
It’s so funny though, how bloggers especially get so worried about taking time off. We seem to have this mindset that everything will fall apart when we come back and we will be forgotten about. Which obviously is not true. Just like any other job, you need time off. And blogging is no different. Taking time away from something, even if it’s something you love is really beneficial. It can help so much to re-set your thinking and help to bring your positive attitude back.
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TALKING TO OTHERS
Surrounding yourself with the right people can be so beneficial when it comes to stress relief. Having a support system around you, ready and there for you whenever you need them is so priceless. Whenever I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed I always seek to speak with those I have in my life. Whether its my parents or my closest friends.
When I was younger I had no idea how important the people I have around me would be. I had so many friends, but none of them I felt I could really call on if I needed something. And now, I have less friends but they are quality friends. They’re more like family to me. I know I can count on them any time or day. And I know they will be there for me.
Sometimes you just need that person to put things into perspective for you, and to help and support you. Alot of time (especially for me) I overthink. So speaking to someone and getting it out in the open, makes me realise how ridiculous I am being, and it helps so much.
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How do you relieve stress? Do you enjoy playing games? What are some of your favourite stress relievers?
Remember to do whatever you can to relieve your own stress. You have the power to reduce it and make it better. You got this.
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