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6 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress

Last week was a challenging week for me. I was completely overwhelmed with uni work and everything else had taken a back seat. Like most people, when I feel mentally stressed, I also feel the physical symptoms too: so I was experiencing headaches, backaches, tiredness, as well as a racing chaotic mind. The fact I wasn’t able to keep up with my blog and social media only added an extra layer to my anxiety. This morning I felt myself getting pulled under again with the negative thoughts, so I though, no – this is a brand new week. Let’s make some positive changes. Anxiety doesn’t have to take over your life. So here is what I am doing to reduce stress this week and I thought I would share them on the blog to help others too.

Yoga

Yoga is quite a powerful tool to change your entire mood and help you feel calm and balanced. I started the day with a 26 minute yoga called Stress Melt on the yoga with Adriene channel and I can honestly say I felt like a different person in less than half hour. Youtube Yoga is fab as you can practice in the comfort of your own home, picking a video to best suit your needs and the time you have available.

Get organised

Last week, I wrote a post on keeping a bullet journal. By making a plan at the beginning of the week you can visually see all the tasks ahead of you. This way, you can keep on top of your workload whilst scheduling in relaxation time. There is always something calming about ticking off an item on your to-do list as well.

Background music

I love Spotify as it has tons and tons of playlists to suit every mood, genre and occasion. I find that listening to chill out mixes really helps to calm my mind whilst I am studying. Music can have an amazing effect on anxiety levels by melting away stress and tension. Whatever your musical taste, I am sure Spotify has a playlist for you.

Plan your meals

When you are stressed, good eating habits go out the window. You either crave a quick sugary fix or you forget to eat anything at all. It can be helpful to plan your meals in advance, to avoid eating the wrong foods for the wrong reasons. Also, drinking plenty of water throughout the day prevents dehydration, enabling you to feel focused and alert.

Do something different

Albert Einstein once famously said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” This week, instead of spending all my time stressing over uni work, I am going to schedule in some moments where I have to put down my pen and go do something else. I’m talking yoga, fitness classes, playing my guitar, reading a book and so on just to break up my day and focus on something different. Hopefully when I return to the computer I will feel calm, refreshed and energized.

Change your mindset

You have probably all heard the common “fake it, til you make it” motivational statement, and as cheesy as it sounds, I think there is some sense in this. If you constantly think negative thoughts, you will feel drained, tired and unmotivated. But, if you challenge yourself to focus on the positives, it can really change your whole outlook on the tasks ahead. Sometimes just reading a few Pinterest quotes can give you that little inspirational boost to get the day off to a good start.

Remember, you can only do your best, in the time available in any given day. So if you don’t get everything done, tomorrow is always a brand new day with tons of potential and opportunity.

Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to dealing with stress? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

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48 Comments

  1. March 12, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    These are GREAT tips!!! Very very helpful!

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Thanks so much Jessica! 💕 xx

  2. March 12, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    I LOVE yoga with Adriene, she’s brilliant! I’ll try out stress melt, i’ve not tried that one! I enjoy reading or going for a walk or swim if I can when I’m stressed, or even sometimes just having a shower is great as I can just clear my head. Meal planning is a great suggestion, it’s so true that good eating habits tend to fall apart a little when I’m stressed, and I’m definitely a comfort eater.
    Hels xxx
    http://www.thehelsproject.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 9:34 am

      Stress Melt is such a good one 😍. Walking and swimming are such relaxing ways to exercise and I complete agree that a shower can really change your mood ☺️. Thank you for the lovely thoughtful comment Hels 💕😘 xx

  3. March 12, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    These are some really useful tips! I’ve used background music as a great method, plus also just planning everything! I love it!

    Ciara | teatimewithciara.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:41 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Ciara 💕. Music is such a great stress buster! 😘 xx

  4. LuxeLoveSimplicity
    March 12, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    Awesome post. I am too all about reducing stress in daily life. It all adds up.

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:41 pm

      That’s so true! Thanks so much for your comment 💕😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks so much Tia 💕 exercise always makes me feel better too 😘 xx

  5. March 12, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    This post is really helpful, thanks! I’m feeling a little overwhelmed atm so looking for all the stress reducing tips I can find. I think the plan your meals one is a really good tip as I find it so stressful trying to plan a meal every day around everything else I’m doing. I’m also going to try yoga so I’m going to check out yoga with Adrienne

    Emily x
    http://puttheworldtowrites.co.uk/

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Emily 💕. I hope you enjoy Yoga With Adriene, it’s such a great way to relax 😘 xx

  6. March 12, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    Planning my meals would for sure help so much! I have been so bad lately with meal planning! I am not the stressful kind of person but i could use those tips nonetheless! x corinne

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      Thanks so much Corinne 💕 glad you enjoyed the tips! 😘 xx

  7. Micheal Sullivan
    March 12, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    I’ve always meditation [there are several varieties available], where you focus on emptying
    your mind, can be extremely helpful. Useful to have a personal mantra [the ‘praying without ceasing’
    mentioned in “The Way of a Pilgrim”…]

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:45 pm

      I’ve heard so many good things about meditation, I will have to give it a try sometime 💕. Thank you so much for your suggestion 😘 xx

  8. March 12, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    What fantastic tips ❤️ Doing something different makes complete sense but sometimes when you feel bogged under it’s not always something that comes to mind- I will be trying this next time I feel stressed out. I have heard so many good things about yoga too but haven’t tried it – don’t get a lot of time to !
    As always an amazing post thanks for sharing lovely ❤️

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Melanie 💕. I agree, it’s so hard to think straight when you are stressed. Yoga is great to try if you get the opportunity. So glad you liked the post 😘 xx

  9. March 12, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    These are great tips to help combat stress! I hope you have a less stressful week and you are surrounded with positivity ☺️ Have a great week 😘xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Lauren! 💕 That’s so kind. Hope you have a great week too 😘 xx

  10. March 12, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Do something different! That’s one of my favourite pieces of advice that I always seem to forget when I’m stressed out. Like you, I’m often stressed about college work, and the belief that I don’t have enough time to complete it, or I must focus all my attention on it until it’s done because then I won’t have to worry about it again. It’s a horrible habit that I’ve got myself into, and it’s given me sleepless nights, so incorporating things other than what I’m stressing about into my life is definitely something I need to start doing more of. I’ve never seriously considered Yoga before, but based off of someone else’s comment to this post, there’s YouTube channels that offer it, so I’m gonna give that a go for a few days and see if that helps.

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:51 pm

      That’s always a worry of mine too, wondering if I have enough time to do everything. I would definitely recommend Yoga With Adriene on YouTube – there are tons of videos for all levels. It’s such a great way to relax. I hope you enjoy them 💖. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Rebekah, and all the best with your studies 😘 xx

  11. March 12, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    I am 100% with you on these stress-reducing tips! Doing something different is great because your brain will be thrown off by the different routine (hopefully that task isn’t stressful)! I agree with you about changing mindset as well. Positivity for the win! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    exquisitely.me

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      That’s so true! A different task is as good as a break ☺️. Positivity always makes things better 💖. Thank you for your lovely comment Nancy 😘 xx

  12. March 12, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    I LOVE these tips! I always advice people to do yoga, it’s great for centering yourself and creating calmness and for exercise too! So I’m not surprise it’s on your list. I also really love that Einstein quote, he had a lot of wise quotes that are more than accurate. Music cures the soul, it’s great in the way it can channel your emotions and help you feel relaxed or even cry when you need to let it out. And lastly changing your mindset has to be the best one, it’s not always easy but I tell people you can control your energy with your thoughts and when you keep speaking negative things they happen…so why not speak on the positives and watch good things happen also! Fab post! 🧘‍♀️ 💆‍♀️ 💖

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:57 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Lena 💖. Yoga and music definitely keep me chilled 😎. Positivity is so important. I always love your positive tweets on Twitter, they definitely brighten up my day so thank you 😘 xx

  13. March 12, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    Background music! That’s my go to. While I’m at work my colleagues know 9 times out of 10 they can find me working to music. It not only keeps me calm, but helps me stay productive.

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      That’s so true! Music is great for productivity! Thank you so much for your lovely comment Miranda 💕😘 xx

  14. March 12, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    Aw Bexa, I did notice you weren’t around as much last week but I didn’t like to pry. So glad you’re OK, albeit busy! I love your “you can only do your best, in the time available in any given day”, that’s so true, I’m going to print that out and stick it on my wall above my laptop because I get VERY stressed trying to juggle freelance work, blogging, Flora, housework and everything else. Yoga isn’t really for me but gardening usually helps – it’s just the weather has been so rubbish recently. Looking forward to British Summertime soon! Great tips, thank you for sharing, xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 1:03 pm

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Lisa 💖. That’s very sweet you thought of me last week ☺️. I’m hoping this week will be a bit more chilled. That’s really cool you are putting that quote on your wall 😍. It’s true that we can only do our best and I admire you for managing such a busy schedule. And yay, bring on the summer ☀️😎💕 xx

  15. March 12, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Aww I love that Albert Einstein quote, that’s such a motivator to try new things! I feel like stress can be a lot to do with being stuck in a rut or a situation with what feels like no way out so these are all such helpful things to promote a peaceful mind. Another great post lovely 🙂
    Alice Xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 1:04 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Alice! 💖 I do love that quote, it’s very motivating. So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  16. March 12, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    I’m learning to writing down all my thoughts so that I can work through them as it’s usually a massively to-do list. It’s helping me with managing my stresses :);

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 1:05 pm

      That’s a great idea! Putting thoughts on paper can help calm the mind. Thank you so much for sharing your suggestion 💕😘 xx

  17. Shaun
    March 12, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    A very positive post Bexa 😘. I love that Albert Einstein quote, it’s always a good one to remember when you fancy changing things 😄. I also love your line about tomorrow being a brand new day with tons of potential and opportunity, very motivating ☺️. A great post Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      Thanks so much Shaun! 💕 I do love that quote, it’s so motivating. It’s good to remember tomorrow is always there too 😘. Glad you enjoyed the post 😍☺️😘💖 xxxx

  18. March 12, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    I’m the kind of person who gets stressed when trying to do things that reduce stress. Like organisation should settle the mind but the second I realise I don’t have all of the products I need or information…whatever..I then stress about that. My inner control freak comes out big style. For me finding a distraction and doing something new is the biggest stress reliever. I like channelling my negative energy into my runs too, exercise works so well! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      Exercise is such a great way to reduce stress! I’ve never been into running but I can imagine it’s a good way to calm the mind 💕. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts Sophie 😘 xx

  19. March 13, 2018 / 10:01 am

    Some great tips here! I always run to my bullet journal when I’m feeling stressed, planning everything makes me so much more chilled out! I’m starting yoga next week so we will see how that goes!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 1:09 pm

      Yay! I hope you enjoy yoga Sarah 💖. I think it’s such a great way to relax and chill. Planning really helps to feel more organised too. Thank you so much for your lovely comment 💕😘 xx

  20. March 13, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    Awh Bexa sorry to hear last week wasn’t the best of weeks for you. But glad it’s back on track! I also get stressed about what to cook for dinner so I think meal planning is definitely one way to feel less manic! I love the chilled playlists on spotify or a podcast to listen to.

    Thanks for sharing these tips Bexa, very useful 😘💖

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely thoughtful comment Rebecca 💖. This week has been much more chilled already, thankfully 😎. Podcasts are so great to listen to, I listened to the new Fearne Cotton one in the bath tonight and I feel super relaxed now 😍 xx

  21. March 13, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Get organized and putting on music are the easiest and quickest ways to reduce stress for me, taking hot bath is another great one for me. These are all so so good!!

    thanks for sharing!

    Jani from http://www.mylifeinmedicineblog.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment Jani 💖. Hot baths are amazing, in fact I had one this evening and feel totally relaxed now. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  22. March 18, 2018 / 2:51 am

    Yoga is an amazing way to relax the mind, and body! I was one of those people who stuck my nose up to it, and thought it was just for those people in their mid life crisis. I was most definitely wrong, unless I’m that mid life crisis person😄
    Some amazing tips here Darling, as per usual! Big hugs your way xoxo 💖💖
    http://www.beautynbrushes.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Emily 💖. He he, glad you enjoyed the post and I definitely agree, I was a bit sceptical of yoga until I gave it a try 💕😘 xx

  23. Huda
    March 20, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Great post Bexa! I can definitely use these tips as I myself have been feeling quite stressed lately! I love reading motivational quotes o Pinterest as well whenever I’m feeling down and it helps so much! Hope you feel better soon and good luck with hope uni work! xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 7:54 am

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Huda 💕. Motivational quotes are great for a quick mood boost, I try to read some everyday ☺️. Hope things settle down for you soon lovely 😘 xx

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