15 Ways to Take A Break
I don’t know about you guys, but when I tell someone I’m stressed, the absolute number one most common response is, “Oh, just go take a bath.”
Ah, yes. The ol bath response.
Personally, baths do help me relax and bring down my stress, but sometimes, it’s just not enough to tackle the stress that different people feel, and therefore, they get really sick of that response. But today, I’m here to give you some ways to take a break from your busy and stressful life, but without breaking the bank, and without just telling you to take a bath. So let’s get started.
15 Ways to Take a Break
- Go outside. You would be amazed at what just taking a step outside and getting a breath of fresh air can do for you. You can take a walk, a run, a walk with your dog, or just step outside and sit on the front porch for a little bit. It’s up to you what you do, but definitely try and go outside for just 10 minutes a day,
- Write it down. I cannot tell you how important it is to keep a journal. It puts all of your problems in perspective and helps you map out what’s really going on. Once you put it into words, you get to the root of the problem. You can run to the dollar store and get a notebook, make your own, or just use notebook paper. Anything to get your thoughts out of your head and on a piece of paper.
- Smile. This is the absolute simplest thing you could do. Just smile, even if you don’t feel like it. It’ll help. I promise.
- Start a project. Now this doesn’t have to be some huge renovation. It could be as simple as painting a pretty piece of scenery on a $7 canvas from Hobby Lobby, or decorating a notebook, or making an inspiration board. Whatever it is, it’ll help take your mind off of what’s bothering you and you’ll channel your energy into something creative and fun.
- Exercise. I’m sure several of you guys are groaning and slamming your heads on your desks right now, but trust me, if you want to release stress, exercise is the best way to do it. It naturally releases endorphins, making you happier, you’ll get healthier in the process, and , again, you’ll channel your energy into something productive. You could run, do yoga, do pilates, lift some weights, do a hardcore cardio workout. The list goes on. (f you are interested in doing yoga, keep checking in on the blog for a Relaxing Yoga Poses post. It’s coming soon.)
- Listen to music. Listening to your favorite song can boost your mood in an instant.
- Dance. My personal favorite way to release stress. (Mainly because I cannot dance and I enjoy laughing at myself while I try to.)
- Hug your pet. Cuddling a cute, fluffy, furry thing is sure to make you feel better. (Unless your pet does not enjoy hugs. In that case, I do not recommend this tip.)
- Bake something. This is my favorite thing to do in my free time. It could be cookies, a cake, some granola bars, anything. Cooking or baking something is an easy and fun way to ease stress and just take a break from everyday life.
- Meditate. Find a meditation app, choose a certain meditation, and just listen and relax. Or, you can meditate on your own. Meditation is great for those moments where you’re stressed but don’t want to do much or just need to lay down and chill. (An audiobook can work for this too.)
- Organize. If you’re one of those people who stress-cleans, this is a great option. Organize your bedroom, your closet, your bathroom, your desk. Pretty much anything in the house. (Also, I definitely did this yesterday. Worked like a charm.
- Take a power nap. If you’re REALLY stressed and don’t want to do anything at all, just take a quick 30 minute nap to take a break from your thoughts.
- Color. Take it back to your childhood days, print out a good old-fashioned coloring page, and scribble away. Nothing takes your stress away like feeling like a kid again.
- Read a book. Take your mind off of your world and into someone else’s by reading a book. (Science fiction is my favorite. Space, time travel, dystopian universes, oh my!)
- Just breathe. If all else fails, just breathe. Simply breathing in and out for a few minutes is enough to give you a clear head and help you focus on the day to come.
Have a lovely day!