Dealing with stress in your twenties might be one of the toughest things yet. Things are changing, you’re becoming more independent, money is tight, and sometimes you just need a hug from your mom.
I would consider myself the queen of stress. If I’m not stressing then I’m stressing about not being stressed. A lot of time the easiest things to do are the worst for us. Drinking away our stress, sleeping away our stress, and just flat out ignoring your stress until you’re so stressed you don’t know what to do.
Being a 21-year-old college student, I am broke, I am hungry, and I am STRESSED. But instead of binge-watching Netflix every day or going to the bar on a Monday, I have found a few little tricks that have helped me de-stress.
Usually, when I get home from a day filled with class I have to start homework. But I can’t start until I have one of my favorite Bath and Body candles burning, my escential oil deffuser on, and a snack. I also have learned that when I’m studying, I have to give myself breaks. I tend to study for 45 minutes and give myself about a 10-minute break to either eat something, get some fresh air, or even just shower.
Another tip to de-stress is to get yourself to the gym and take all your anger out on the weights and equipment. As soon as I walk into the gym I put my headphones in and completely tune out the outside world.
Like I said before, I am a broke college student, which means I usually don’t have a lot of extra cash lying around but I love to window shop! Going to Target or TJ Maxx to just look around at all the stuff makes me so happy even if I walk out empty-handed.
I usually hate being outside if it is super hot or super cold but if there is a good sunset and I’m feeling stressed, I have to go and watch. The picture I posted above is from my trip to Alaska over the summer. Let me tell you, this place was the most beautiful place I have ever been to. I felt so happy and free.
My last tip about de-stressing yourself, especially at night, is to take a shower (or bath), change your sheets, put on some comfy PJ’s, put your eye mask on, and go to sleep. Sometimes our days can be filled with so much that our bodies are just physically so tired. Recharge yourself and start over the next day.
I know it’s hard for you to think about not being stressed whenever you’re stressed, and maybe these things just help me, but I encourage everyone to go out there and find their de-stressors. Whatever works for YOU is what is best!
See you next week!