Firstly I need to apologise – I have been so busy with work. I’ve been a receptionist for an engineering company for the past four years, and I am finally moving into a new position. While I’m super excited, it’s also scary being more involved in the engineering aspect, and I have a lot to learn – engineering not being my forte! I know it’s not an excuse, but I hope you can forgive me for my absence during this learning curve! :)
On that note, this post is fairly relevant to the last few weeks: 5 tips to recover from a stressful day. Everybody obviously has their own ways of coping with stress and other emotions, but I wanted to share with you my favourite tips and what works best for me.
It’s so, so important to not go to bed while you’re upset. I know when I do, it takes me five times longer to actually fall asleep, and it’s a restless sleep once I do. Watch a movie you know always makes you laugh, or a YouTuber you find funny, or a show you enjoy. Soak in the humour, smile, and find good in the day that seems so terrible.
You deserve a time out and what better way than to pamper yourself and relax? Apply a facemask and take a nice, long, hot bubble bath. Light a few candles around the tub and bring a book to take your mind off what is bothering you.
Find somebody who you can confide in, and who will tell you what you need to hear or give you a pep talk. Sometimes all you need is for somebody to say “Hey, that sucks” to make you feel a little less miserable.
When an aspect of my life is out of my control and stressing me out, I like to take control of another part that I had been avoiding – such as organising my room, sorting out my clothes, getting around to a blog task that I had been putting off, etc. While it not be fun for some people, it will at least take your mind off your issue and make you feel good about accomplishing something else.
If distracting yourself isn’t helping, take some time out to reflect on what you’re stressed about. Thinking it over often makes me feel a lot calmer, or even lets me come up with some solutions on how to deal with it, or learn from it, etc. I love to do this while listening to a calming soundtrack, so head to rainymood.com or similar, and let your mind do it’s job in a more peaceful environment.
I know these tips aren’t revolutionary or anything, but they’re what work for me, and I hope they work for you as well!
What are your ways of coping with stress?