Did you feel overwhelmed with a lot of stuff to do in the past few days, yesterday, or today? Do you want to unwind after a stressful day and learn a few quick tips to resolve this recurring problem?
If you’re the one I describe just now, I have prepared seven surefire ways for you to try to relieve the high-level of stress you are feeling right now. But before that, let me share a bit of my story how I came up with the list.
Early this year, I established the blog with the help of my fiance. We have a lot of plans in mind to implement for our future handmade business. However, the original plan initially did not work out, as we both got hired from different companies and we got full-time jobs.
From there, we did not have much time to spare for our blog and our business. Because of the unexpected event, I still tried to make everything work here. I continued writing some epic blog posts, schedule stuff in our social media schedulers, wrote some emails to our subscribers, created a plan for our supposed second course.
I did a lot of stuff, while working full-time as an online news writer. With high work demands and intense work pressure, it caused me a lot of trouble. My bruxism worsened that lead to a painful TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders), which remained existent by this time. With lack of time and resources, I have never visited a doctor for a check-up.
While writing this post, I’m doing some jaw exercises and I am hearing a series of cracking sounds from my jaws. It might sound odd, but the crack sounds amazing. Well, it brings comfort to me now after a 5-minute exercise.
Anyway, aside from my reccurring jaw problems, I am also having problems with my depression and my inability to control my mental and emotional condition. I have always imagined Atlas who carried the world all his life. That’s me!
I badly needed comfort, BREAK, stress-relieving activities, for God’s sake!
Based on my personal experiences, I wanted to share with you some quick tips on how I was able to cope with these personal issues and helped me avoid the unnecessary stresses and other health issues.
Journaling rewires your brain. This is true. I usually write journal entries in the morning or sometimes during the mid-day, depending on my vacant hours. But, most of the time, I am doing them in the morning when everyone’s still sleeping and the environment is silent (except the neighbors’ dogs that are barking at our gates! 😛 )
According to the University of Texas at Austin psychologist and research James Pennebaker, journaling can strengthen the person’s immune cells, which are called T-lymphocytes. Furthermore, this activity can also help reduce the symptoms of asthma as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
This is agreeable. Psych Central wrote that journaling can decrease the impacts of stressors like any thing, event, or something that induce anxiety to the person. Because of the science behind the health benefits of this activity, why don’t you try it and feel the effects yourself, right?
Reading has been my favorite activities. Books were like my golden haven or Black Beard’s precious treasures in the Carribean. I even wished to have my own library to store all the books I’ve read (or published in the future! Yikes!)
Self Help Fix mentioned that reading any material, especially your favorite books, will help you relax and relieve from the anxiety and other negative stressors that kills your brain later if you did not make this a healthy habit.
In addition to that, reading books can stimulate your craving for information, which might develop the detective side of you without you knowing it. This happened to me, too. I did not notice I bought several books and became addicted to them. Whenever I receive my monthly salary from my mundane daily work, ugh, I love staying in Passages Bookshop, an OMF Lit. bookstore-branch located on the 3rd floor, Ayala Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.
Below are some of the books I bought there. You might want to check them out! 🙂
Every writer love coffee. I don’t know if there is a science behind it, but I don’t care. I just love drinking coffee, especially if it’s a hot, black brewed coffee. In fact, I want to save money to buy a coffee maker to place on the table, while writing stuff here. Whaaaaaaaa!
Anyway, given that you drink coffee in an appropriate amount — not a whole gallon of black coffee in a day — there are many proven benefits that coffee brings to everyone.
As much as the advantages are concerned, Authority Nutrition noted that drinking coffee every day can lessen the risks of Parkinson’s Disease, helps you burn fat, get smarter, improve physical performance, adds some essential vitamins like Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Magnesium and Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Manganese and Potassium.
You can also prevent high risks of Diabetes Type II for 23 to 50 percent, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, liver problems, and mental unhealthy conditions like depression, and more. There are tons of benefits of drinking a cup of coffee a day. Nobody can argue with that.
Praying and meditating
I’m not targeting cynics here, rather, I refer to any forms of meditation. As for me, I do pray to God and read the Holy Bible. It helps me a lot to ease the burdens I felt every time I do stuff in the blog, business, and other things I do every single day.
If you are practicing other meditating techniques or you belong to other religious denominations, it does not matter what specific activity you do to help you calm yourself. What matters most is the fact that that will bring comfort once you do these in a day. Yoga, and others belong here as well.
Listening to podcasts
Many bloggers out there always recommend business people and those who are stressed from work and their entrepreneurial venture to listen podcasts. I tried listening to these a few times and they really became helpful for me. I personally follow Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn, This is Your Life by Michael Hyatt and Entrepreneur On Fire by John Lee Dumas.
Do something crafty, explore your creativity
This is one of my most favorite past-time ever! Since I am molded to become one of the billions of people destined to beautify the world (ahem! ahem! ahem!), I seem to feel like I am fated to be creative.
Because of that feeling, I created handmade journals that turned out to be my temporary/experimental business in 2015 and other stuff. Aside from that, I also sew stuff, cut my pants and turn them into a K-pop G-Dragon-inspired pants. You know, the more stressed I am, the crazier I become.
Here are some of the crafty stuff I did just recently:
Bitchy Chicken Journals: This is actually my first time to create a ribbon flower using my ribbons. Initially, I used ordinary sewing for my flowers for this journal garter lock. But my sister advised to make ribbon flower instead to add sophistication. I tried. 🙏 I used YouTube tutorials to make them. This is what I got. Because I love how it looks on the journals, it also added glamour to my ordinary garter lock for a 100-page journal. 🙉😸😻 Just cut another old denim pants for my next journal project. See you guys next time for more journal tips and stories. 💗👊 #handmadeisbetter #handmade #diy #flowers #ribbon #ribbonflowers #creative #creativity #craft #business #onlineshop #onlineshopping #journaling #journal #handmadejournal
Bitchy Chicken journals. 📙📚📜 Handmade denim covers. Pages are stacked and bind using Coptic binding method. I used my old denim pants for the covers. 👖 The journal is locked with a cool garter with satin flower (still handmade) + embellishment. I'm making more of these. So, check them out. #handmade #journal #craft #business
Chit-chat with your sibling
Having a serious and funny conversation with my sister is the best stress-reliever I got. There’s no teddy bear can surpass her power. She’s my sister and I love her for being there all the time. I am the same crazy, huggable alien to her, too! 😀
If you have a close friend or a close sibling, make use of them as they will be your buddies — the best persons you will have ever — through thick and thin. You can share your experiences both good and bad with them, without really caring if you look stupid and ugly when you cry in front of them.
These are some of the activities that will help you overcome the overwhelming power of stress and anxiety. It does not matter which of these will work for you as long as you tried.
We are different. We are unique. Thus, we have different experiences. But the thing is, it is really important to unwind, especially after an exhausting day routines — household chores, marriage responsibilities, parenting, blogging, business, freelancing, and others.
If you neglect these hacks I shared with you, eventually you will die — by soul, mind, and heart. You will never notice that you are slowly consumed with it, just because you think “Oh, I need to do this because I need to earn… to have money, etc.”
Yeah, it is necessary to work to earn income for our family and ourselves. But at the end, the hospital bills will ask us again in ten years to repay the debts we neglected today.
What lies the most importance to you, pal? I’m hoping this will clearly resonate with you.
Did this post help you reflect your unhealthy mind today? Did this post give clarity and teach you to unwind as clear as possible? If yes, feel free to share this post with others to help them as it helped you now. That’d be much appreciated, pal! Thank you so much! God bless. 🙂