Right now I am in a season of discomfort and pressure; however, I know this season is all about my growth. Maintaining my faith has been challenging, but all in all there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I guess you can say I am somewhat in the meantime phase, meaning that I am withstanding test and trials of life while working towards healing. In the midst of this hectic journey I do what I can to manage stress. Certainly, life is not easy and I do not believe it was intended to be. However, I do believe it is essential to take care and be kind to ourselves. Sometimes my anxiety takes over and crushes my spirit and drive, but I am on a mission to tackle it with plenty of education, tips, and self-love (as cheesy as that sounds 🙂 ).
I want to share with you how I tackle stress and anxiety. These are a few things I like to do to clear my mind and refresh my spirit. Let’s be clear. I am not expert. I do not have all of the answers. If anything, I am your everyday black girl who wants to share her wisdom and love. Hopefully this helps someone. *cues Schoolin’ Life by Beyonce*
1. D.I.Y Projects
Because who doesn’t want to save money by making something yourself? Especially if the project is easy ! Adrianna posted an amazing quick and easy D.I.Y project on her blog and I can’t wait to try it out! #ThatLifeAdri
This year I decided to incorporate yoga in my weekly routine and it has been so good to me. Yoga helps release the tension in my body and gives me a clear headspace. I feel relaxed and at peace after each session. I took a yoga class in college twice a week, which really helped with releasing stress of classes, work, and organizations. Typically, I practice 3 times a week. Pinterest helped me expand my variety of positions.
3. Nighttime Tea
Every night I make sure I unwind with a hot cup of tea. There are many health benefits of drinking tea, but I personally enjoy the calm feeling I receive. I do not discriminate when it comes to flavors; however, I love the bedtime, chamomile, and calming tea by Yogi Tea.
4. Meditation and Gratitude
Practicing mediation and gratitude is A MUST for me. I take 10 minutes a day, morning and/or night, to reflect, pray, and count my blessings. When I find myself becoming overwhelmed and anxious I practice meditation and gratitude to revitalize. If you are looking to practice gratitude, click here.
5. Self-Care Day
There are times where we just need to stop and take a break. Self-Care Days are necessary for my sanity and well-being for several reasons. I take the entire day to relax and pamper myself. Ultimately, I appreciate unplugging from everything around me and refocusing on my needs. I have full agenda and plenty of ideas for your self-care day here.
6. Talk it Out
Sometimes we need to let it out and vent! I know I do from time to time. Thankfully, I have an amazing cluster of people I can always talk to whenever I am feeling down. Once I have gotten everything off my chest I feel relieved and I am able to let it go. Major key: make sure you have trustworthy people in your corner who love you and willing to listen. I have learned the hard way that you can’t just vent to anyone regardless of the relationship.
Hopefully this helps.