10 Simple Ways to De-Stress After The Holidays

For me, the holidays are simultaneously my most favorite, and most exhausting, days of the year. It’s wonderful to see my family, but it’s beyond exhausting to constantly be around people, worry about gifts and money, not get enough sleep and to be completely removed from your normal routine.
Once the holidays are over and you can breathe a sigh of relief, it’s important to re-center yourself. Not just for a few days after the madness settles, but it’s important to use this time of excess calm to cultivate some habits that will keep you centered for the rest of the year.

Here are 10 easy ways to de-stress:

1. Take A Walk. Step away from whatever it is that is stressing you out at that moment—a fight, a paper, a messy room—just walk away from it. Get some air and remove yourself. It’ll still be there when you get back, you’ll just be a little more calm about it.

2. Get Enough Sleep. I know especially during  party times, sleep can be hard to come by. But this is when you need it most. Make sure you are getting your sleep when you can get it. Even if that’s a power nap in the library. Just trust me.
3. Read a Book. Just take yourself away from your world and your problems, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.
4. Go for a Drive. Don’t have a destination—just drive. It removes you from most distractions (y’all know you’re not supposed to text and drive). It is soothing. It is easy. It is something that never changes. It’s a great way to de-stress for as long as you need.
5. Work Out. Whenever I am most on edge—I know it’s because I have had an off work out week. Get to the gym, blast some music, separate yourself from whatever is causing you stress for at least 30 minutes. That means no reading or texting on the treadmill, people. This is a time to focus on nothing but your music and getting swole.
6. Meditate. Now this may be more stressful than stress reducing initially, but I think it’s an important skill to have. You can be in the middle of writing a paper, or in the middle of a frantic day in the office, and if for 20 minutes you can just pause, meditate, and focus on your breath—the stress will be eliminated.
7. Talk About It. Whatever it is, however “silly” you may think the stressor is—just vent about it for a little bit. Get it out there, then it’s not just in your head. It helps!
8. Turn Your Phone Off. Again… This may initially cause more stress (which should say something about technology) but you’ll feel better. Not being in constant contact allows you to just be with yourself and whatever you’re working on—project, work, blog post, painting.
9. Clean. You guys, sorry I keep tellin you to do stressful things to get rid of stress. But the fact is, when your area is cluttered and messy and unhappy, it reflects on you. The other stuff just is easier when you are in a calming, peaceful environment. Make it happen.
10. Drink. Don’t like… Get wasted and forget to sleep and meditate and read. But in my opinion, there are few things more therapeutic than a delicious glass of wine at the end of a stressful, stressful day.
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