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Guest Post: How to De-Stress Your Life

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At some point (or maybe just about every point) in your life, you’re likely to experience stress. Whether you’re feeling the pressure at work, school or in a relationship, getting stressed out has practically become a way of living for some people. It’s no secret that the stress levels of the average American have gone up, and with the “more work, less play” mentality that so many of us have adopted, it’s no wonder.

We’ll be the first to admit that stress can put a chokehold on our lives, but we’re also big believers in doing what you can to reduce stress. Considering the horrible effects it can have on your body (like hair loss, migraines, acne and more), it’s important to identify the issue and learn how to deal. Here, we’ve mapped out six tips for reducing your stress and getting you back on track to a happy, healthy mind and body. Read on!





1. “Me Time:” 

Even if it’s for 30 minutes, schedule time where you can be alone to relax. Oftentimes, we don’t consider proper care when it comes to ourselves. Create purposeful “me” time once or twice a day. You’ll be able to answer to no one but yourself, which will give you peace of mind. 


2. Say no loud and clear: 

I know that I’m guilty of this. If you say yes to everything, you’re not in for the stress-free living. Learning to say no is difficult, but carry too much on your plate will eventually leave you with a mess. Learn to pick and choose what is most beneficial for you and commit.


3. Be Grateful: 

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When you focus on the good things in your life, you appreciate the good instead of worrying about the bad things. Start a gratitude journal and write down five things you’re grateful for that happened that day. Keep writing and you’ll find inner bliss that you can’t control. 





4. Make exercise a priority: 

Exercise raises your body’s mood-boosting hormones and helps get you on a more regular sleep cycle. Lack of sleep can lead to stress. You’ll notice a difference in your overall health, especially your mental health.


5. Food Habits: 

Stress levels rise when our energy and hormone levels dip throughout the day. Make sure to pair food properly in your day-to-day diet. For example, eating carbs alone can drag you down, so pair carbs with proteins during meals. Also cut out junk foods with high sugar or salt content. You’ll see a difference in your mood and well-being.


6. Pick the root of the problem: 

Nothing solves a problem faster than identifying the cause. If you’re stressed about finishing a project on time, map out a timeline for yourself with attainable deadlines. When you’re stressed about money, sit down and figure out a budget for yourself. If your relationship is making you worried, talk it out with your significant other. Whatever you do, don’t let the problem go neglected for long.



What are your favorite ways to de-stress when life gets hectic? Make sure to leave a comment below or tweet it @BlissBrunette.

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Thanks so much to Kiara for her fantastic guest post this week! Be sure to visit her blog here and tweet her to let her know how much you liked this post! 

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