Y’all, this has been a tough year for our family. We’ve had a host of medical emergencies, some trying situations, and some extraordinary challenges in our everyday lives that have stuck with us since January, and we’re all getting worn down from the worry and hustle. As the cooler temps and warmer decor creep into our worlds, I can’t help but hope to be a little less stressed and a little more excited for the holidays, so in case you’re feeling the same way we are, I wanted to share some tips for staying stress-free (okay, less stressed) this fall.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
This has been such a fun thing to look forward to each day, not only because I love learning, but because it’s a challenge that sits outside my role in my job and my role at home. I’ve taken up handlettering as my favorite new thing to learn and I try to practice each day to stay sharp and keep progressing, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Maybe you’d like to learn how to make French macarons from scratch, or perhaps you’d like to learn how to re-tile your backsplash, or even learn how to grow a salsa garden. Whatever tickles your fancy, make time for it each day to limit your stress from other areas of your life–you’ll be amazed at your progress and mental relaxation.
COZY UP YOUR SPACE
This is a small thing that really helps me. I add candles, throws, pillows, a couple books and magazines, something to write on, and something to write with to each room and especially my office space to limit my stress. When I feel like I’m working at home even though I’m at the office, I’m relaxed and ready to take on whatever comes my way. I think this applies whether you have a cubicle or even just a laptop — unless it’s company policy not to, change your wallpaper to something that makes you happy and customize everything to your liking. Taking time to do this will really help you enjoy your work and keep your stress at bay while you’re on the clock.
Why not? Go pick up your favorite coffee, make yourself an amazing dinner, grab a cocktail with your girls, spend the evening with your favorite book — you get the picture. Whether it’s a magazine, a manicure, or a mojito, make time for yourself so you can unwind and melt the stress of your day away. Even if it’s only five minutes of relaxation, it’s five minute for yourself and five minutes to enjoy something you truly love, and who doesn’t want that?
This is so important. Seriously, go offline. Keep strict blackout hours so you get plenty of sleep and you’ve got time to unwind without watching the notifications / emails / text messages roll in. It’s so stressful to always be on-call and it’s not healthy for your everyday life, so take time out to unplug each day and truly enjoy where you are. If it makes you anxious to know you’re not being notified of every new thing, schedule your phone to “Do Not Disturb” for one hour every day. You can check it any time to be notified, but you won’t see all the notifications popping up on your screen incessantly. That does wonders for your mind, promise!
If you just can’t make it out of your stressful situation, sometimes the best thing to do is get away. Whether that’s in your own city or some place completely new, take a few moments to schedule some time away so you can explore a new environment and switch up your routine. My precious mama recently encouraged me to do this when I was getting really stressed and worn down, and it couldn’t have been better. No, you probably didn’t budget for a hotel and a dinner out at the last minute, but you’ll be so happy you did it in the long run!