I don’t think it is a coincidence that National Stress Awareness Day is the day after Election Day. I know I am not alone in saying that this year has been one of the most stressful of my life. If this sounds like you, know that we are in this together. Between the pandemic, quarantine, moving, the election, a preschooler and two toddlers trapped in the house (that’s just the tip of the iceberg)…I learned some new ways to cope with stress, so I’m sharing 5 ways to de-stress that don’t involve wine.
The #1 way I combat stress is through physical exercise. Running or hiking outdoors was my saving grace at the beginning of quarantine before trails closed and my Soul Bike arrived. I miss taking classes at Equinox, but the Variis app classes and the Soul Bike are filling that void for me at home. You can read my full review of the Soul Bike here.
I have always been a lover of reading, and it has always helped me alleviate stress, particularly at night. Losing myself in a good book helps me “get out of my own head.” I’m currently reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer, which was lent to me by one of my best friends and it’s fantastic.
Reading under my weighted blanket used to be my nightly de-stressing ritual, but when I started having problems falling asleep and staying asleep during quarantine, I started sleeping under it all night (I still do most nights). It does help me fall asleep and fall back asleep faster, and it is a sure-fire way to de-stress. I have officially leveled up and I now own two: this one (heavier, but smaller) and this one (lighter and larger).
Certain scents have always helped me cope with stress. This Goji Tarocco Orange candle is my favorite of all time (I even brought a reed diffuser of the scent into each room during my children’s births), and diffusing oils has helped me feel more relaxed at home. I use this Pilgrim diffuser and it’s truly the best because it has a large capacity that runs continuously for many hours, and it’s great looking. These Capri Blue oils are hands down the best scents, and I also love these, especially the eucalyptus and lavender.
Just Add Water
A mom once told me that if my kids are acting up, “just add water” and I feel like this applies to adults too. A warm cup of tea, or a hot shower or bath always help alleviate stress. I just ordered this body wash, which was highly recommended by Helena of Brooklyn Blonde, hoping it will help combine two of these methods for me. I need all the help I can get right now.
What are some ways you manage stress?