How I Minimize Stress

How I Minimize Stress

My life has its ups and downs.  For the most part, it feels like I bring my own stress on myself.  My job stress is pretty manageable most days. My stresses are from the things I add to my life. Or the things I put pressure on myself. However, there are stresses there.

And I have to deal with that stress somehow.

I have to take time to decompress, relax, and cope or else I feel like I’m gonna explode.

I was introduced to Oscar Health Insurance, whose main focus is fixing health care to make it a simple, stress free process with their use of techonology. They inspired me to post about minimizing stress for Stress Awareness Month, but I’m not being compensated. I just feel strongly that us women are stressed and have to deal with it, so I wanted to add my voice to this conversation to help us all cope with stress. You can check out more information on their site about their health insurance service.

Here’s how I deal.

I love a good bubble bath. When I feel overwhelmed, I take time to soak in the tub.  I recently bought a waterproof speaker so I can sync up my phone and listen to podcasts while I’m in the bath.  It’s great.

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I also love to take the dogs for a walk.  I also love to listen to podcasts while we walk. I put my phone in a little fanny pack belt, use my headphones, and we walk, enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, get our blood pumping.

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Another thing that helps me lower my stress is to tidy up the house.  If my house is a mess, it makes me feel like my life is a mess. So I take a bit of time (I’ll often set a 30 minute timer and give myself 30 minutes to tidy up) and just devote that to putting things away. It’s amazing what 30 minutes of sanity cleaning can do for me.

And lastly, I enjoy cooking, so I’ll spend some time just chopping veggies and cooking dinner after a stressful day.  The rhythm of cooking is very soothing to me.  I enjoy that. And then you get to sit down to a yummy meal afterwards.

 

What do you do to relieve stress?


Comments

  1. I… I don’t really relieve stress. I just sort of stew in it. I should do more of these things, and it sounds like you and I would do the same things to relieve stress!

    Cooking is such a wonderful stress reliever; I like being able to focus on ONE specific thing, you know? And especially with certain dishes, you have to pay attention to what’s in front of you–making sure X thing doesn’t burn, etc., so there’s no room in my mind to focus on whatever is stressing me.

    Now that I have a pup, I think I will take her on more walks. It’ll be good for both of us! She has so much energy.

    • Yeah stewing in stress isn’t good. Especially heading back to school. No bueno. So yeah, get on these stress relievers. Puppy walks and cooking are GREAT. I agree with the focus with cooking. Great point!

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