It seems that no matter how hard I try, there is always something weighing on my mind. There is always another problem that comes up, or decision that needs to be made. Honestly, adulting is hard work, right? Thankfully we have a vacation coming up soon, so that should help me to decompress a little. But when we're stressed and need an outlet, vacations aren't realistic most of the time. Least not for me. ;-)
But over the years, I have learned some of the ways to combat the stress I feel. It's not always possible to do all of these things all of the time, but even if I can manage some of them, it helps a lot. Most of these these ideas are fairly obvious, but at the same time, most are also easy to forget & let fall by the wayside. And then stress and anxiety can creep in and take over, then no one is happy. I just have to keep reminding myself of this list, and when I'm making an effort to manage my stress, I'm a much more positive person to be around.
I know this is a tough one for a lot of people, because exercising can be so tiring & so daunting. But the benefits far outweigh the hassle. It's amazing how good I feel when I leave the gym after a good work out, I feel like an immediate weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
Get enough sleep
Yah yah, I know, this is nearly impossible when you have kids & a never-ending to-do list. Not to mention that when I finally get some time to myself at the end of the day, I don't want to go to sleep. I wanna curl up on the couch with Netflix and some snacks. ;-)
Natrol 5-HTP Fast Dissolve
This is a new one for me, and I just recently learned about this supplement. You're probably wondering what it is? Natrol 5-HTP is a drug-free, plant-derived mood enhancement supplement, which promotes calmness throughout the body by naturally increasing your bodies Serotonin levels. And this one? It's easy to do! Finally, something easy. ;-) (more info on this below, so keep reading!)
Make time for your hobbies & interests
This one is one of the most important ones, at least in my opinion. I think too often we get so caught up in all of the things we are doing for other people, that we forget to pursue our own passions. We can literally lose ourselves, I believe, if we don't have our own hobbies. Indulging in the things we are interested in helps us stay fresh, accomplished, and progress as people.
Keep a positive attitude
Easier said than done, I know. I've been working hard over the past few years to always try and find the bright side to any negative situation. A positive attitude can easily help to keep stress away.
Manage your time wisely
A huge cause of stress? Not managing my time well (re: sitting and watching Netflix instead of finishing the projects I started). Time management isn't something that comes easily to me, but when I nail it, I'm much happier.
This looks different for everyone, and you need to find what works for you. Whether it's some sort of meditation, a long soak in a warm bath, reading a good book, or maybe getting your nails done? Whatever works to help you relax, DO IT.
Find someone that you trust that you can talk to
After a long and stressful day, sometimes all I need to do to feel better is vent a little. Talking it out really does help, a lot. It's beneficial to me to be able to unload my mind, and bounce ideas off of someone else. Don't be afraid to reach out to someone you love & trust, I'm sure they will be happy to offer a friendly ear!
Before I go, I want to switch back and chat about Natrol 5-HTP Fast Dissolve supplements again really quickly!! I didn't really understand what Serotonin was, and how much it can effect mood and stress levels. But after learning about it, I realize how important it is. Serotonin is the chemical messenger that affects sleep, appetite, mood, emotions & behavior. Natrol 5-HTP Fast Dissolve can actually help provide a more positive attitude in your daily life by participating in the body's synthesis of Serotonin. And in my busy life, I think it's a great addition to my list of ways to de-stress!
If you're interested in learning more, check out their website! And while you're there, grab a $5 off coupon and try it yourself! It's also sold at most retailers, online retailers, and natural food & supplement stores. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as well!
*If you are taking any other prescription drugs, please consult with your health care professional before taking Natrol 5-HTP.
Okay now go and try out some of these techniques to de-stress your life! You won't regret it! :)