OK, so sometime’s life is not like a box of chocolates. I love chocolates. I don’t always love life and the stress it brings me. Work, relationships, finances; all things that on any given day can make us want to pull our hair out. I had some very unexpected stress slap me in the face this past weekend, and this morning I woke up with a big honking zit on my chin. Your welcome for the very attractive image I just gave you. Anyway, I realized this morning that I had to do serious damage control – not only on my zit, but on my mental state. Stress can be the devil, and here are 5 simple tips to combat it!
1. Go for a walk.
I know, SO CLICHE. But picture this: The sun’s hitting your face, you have your headphones in listening to your favorite pick-me-up music, you’ve got time to think if that’s what you need. One of my absolute favorite things about living in NYC is walking around with my headphones – it’s so different from being in a car with music blasting. It’s intimate and I’m free to be in my own little world. Trust me, very therapeutic.
By this, I mean the fun glammy, girly stuff. Like getting a pedicure? Treat yourself. Feeling a massage? SPLURGE. You know what will make you feel better, so do it. For me, I stuck to the Babe on a Budget way today and threw on a Boscia mask for 20 minutes and gave myself a little at-home manicure action. Not pricy, not a big deal, but it still helped.
3. Chat with girlfriends.
After my little situation this weekend, I was so fortunate to have girlfriends to lift my spirits and help talk things out. Talking about your stress will relieve it, I swear! If you have a boyfriend or a spouse, chat things out with them too. Hello, that’s what they’re there for, right? Support, baby – we all need it!
4. Take a fitness class.
I find that taking a class when I’m stressed as opposed to working out on my own is the absolute best. You’re focused, you’re motivated by the group setting, and you don’t have to think – just listen to what the teacher is telling you to do. My favorite classes to take that clear my head are Spinning and Kickboxing – the classics!
5. Eat clean.
Don’t turn to unhealthy foods in times of stress!!! It seems like a good idea (they don’t call it comfort food for nothin’), but it’s not. The last thing you need to feel while stressed is bloated. I don’t care what anyone says, looking good naked does amazing things for your confidence and stress level. Eating clean makes you healthy and sexy from the inside out. Maybe if I didn’t eat French Toast and french fries in times of distress yesterday, I wouldn’t have this honker on my chin! *Lesson Learned*
How do you combat stress? Any tricks and tips you’d like to share?!