Thursday, February 21, 2013

Stress 101: How I Relax and Reduce Stress

I am not going to deny that the start of this year is one hell of a ride for me. It was extremely stressful and exhausting for me. I had too many things on my plate and the tiniest details have made more irritable than ever. I am easily angered and I could never seem to get the amount of rest that I want. Needless to say, my stress hormones skyrocketed, which made me wonder if I am need of anger management. And yes, I was a total b*tch to most people lately (even to my mom).

Stress is something that we all have to deal with; it’s just part of everyday life! But it is our decision and our choice to succumb to it or manage it. Clearly, I succumbed to stress before I developed my strategies to reduce stress levels making me feel anxious and agitated all the time. But since I started doing the things I listed below, I feel more relaxed and happier. Although I still explode sometimes, at least my episodes decreased (and that is a good thing, right?).


Read a Book
I have a long list of books to read as of late and whenever I look at the pile, I feel relieved. Reading has always been a great stress reliever for me especially books that are extremely witty and sarcastic (talk about John Greene books) and books that are too interesting to let go of (mystery books by Agatha Christie). Reading just helps me take my mind off things and allows me to immerse in a world where it is just me and the characters of the book – no one else to disturb me! It enables me to let go of negative thoughts and replace it with positive ones. Overall, reading has distracted me from all the stressful thoughts of my life.




Yoga
My best friend hates Yoga but I like it a lot because it helps me relax. She says sometimes she sleeps during Yoga classes but to me that is a good thing. It means that Yoga has really helped put your mind and body at its most relaxed state that you can even fall asleep. I find the music entirely relaxing, it allows negative aura to be released, and the breathing exercises takes me on a floating adventure (I swear, it makes me feel as if I am floating in water!). I don’t know, I may be overstating but don’t underestimate the power of meditation and Yoga. It just makes me feel positive, happier, and lighter every time.

Watch a Funny Variety Show
I like watching this Korean variety show called “Running Man.” In all honesty, I only tried watching it before because of Song Joong Ki (a Korean actor I am very fond of). But even if he already left the show I am still very much hooked. I just think it is the funniest variety show I have ever watched! And yes, I like watching Korean dramas and listening to Kpop and I never really thought I’d like watching their variety shows as well.
Watching this after a long day of working has definitely helped me feel less stressed out. As they say, laughter is the best medicine, right? Watching something funny can really help take your mind off things. Furthermore, laughing releases serotonin thereby decreasing amounts of stress hormones in the body. 

Hat and Flats: SM Dept. Store | Top: Forever21 | Skirt: Thrifted | Belt: Landmark


Retail Therapy
Clearly, I also resort to retail therapy when I am stressed out. But don’t be fooled when I say retail therapy because I don’t mean shopping for clothes, shoes, or cosmetics. What I mean is grocery shopping. It may not be apparent, but I enjoy cooking. Although cooking doesn’t really help relieve stress for me, grocery shopping does. The atmosphere and being surrounded by all the possibilities of foods you can concoct – it releases a positive aura in me. It also helps take my mind off things that will stress me out. Whenever I am surrounded by aisles and aisles of food options, I just can’t help but feel lighthearted. I think this is mostly because I love cooking and grocery shopping helps me come up with all the good foods I can indulge in after.

Go on Vacation
This is something we can all agree upon. Going on a short vacation can definitely help relieve stress. The change in scenery allows one to not think of all the stressful events in his life. Baguio City is probably my favorite short vacation hangout spot because of the change in environment. I like the cooler temperature and the forested views of some areas (unlike here in the lowlands where tall buildings are what makes up the jungle and the cool temperature is close to non-existent). Even if we need to work hard and earn money to live, we need to go on quick and short respite once in a while to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul.

How do you manage stress?

59 comments :

  1. great stripes, you are stunning dear.

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  2. great tips on how to get away from stress, thanks a lot i found this helpful, i could be very silly when am stressed out.
    And thank you so much for following back.
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  3. You look so pretty!!! I love your skirt!
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  4. I adore the skirt – a great look!
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  5. thank you Jenn!

    you're adorable with the striped skirt!

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  6. Great tips on alleviating stress, I love that top and hat.

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  7. Hey there, sister! lol. I do all those (well except for Yoga) when I'm too stressed! I absolutely love grocery shopping! It's my favorite thing to do when I feel like I need to divert my attention. Haha! Vacation, hmmm, when I wanted to think and just feel like I needed a new atmosphere, I go to Luneta or Intramuros. HAHA! It's the nearest place na narerelax ako kahit papano.

    And you look so pretty with that outfit!

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    1. I wish I can visit Luneta or Intramuros anytime I want! Unfortunately, sobrang layo naman sakin! haha! At least a few minutes lang pwede ka na magrelax e sa lugar namin ang layo ng lahat ng pwede puntahan!

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  8. Hmmmmm...I try to sleep moore and go on yoga or dances.Honestly these simply ideas are working as well !Your article is really useful! thank u for sharing.
    As i can see from your photos u are very calm and have no stress!)))
    By the way I’m a new follower!mind flw back?!would be great to stay connected.
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Yes! Sleeping is also a great way. I actually do that as well sometimes. But I feel like sleeping too much is tiring in a way. I don't know, I feel too lethargic when I sleep too much.

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  9. beautiful dress ;))

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  10. Great tips and great look!
    Love it, you look adorable!
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  11. Great ideas! I love yoga... and ur outfit :D
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you! I really think Yoga is very helpful for the body.

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  14. You look so pretty =) I love your shoes, associated with this maxi skirt this is really cool!

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  15. i love the top... so classy! and about your question about wholesale-dress.net, yes, it's 100 percent safe to shop there...

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    1. Thank you for your answer. I read a lot of negative reviews about the site which is why I am hesitant if i should order. But if you say it's safe then, I believe you! :)

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  16. Your skirt is gorgeous!

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  19. What a cute outfit, I especially like the lovely shoes and your hat :) Also nice to hear that yoga helps you relax so much. I´m still unsure about what to think about it. Maybe I would like it more if I could do it outside when good weather with a professional teacher it would help me more :)
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    1. It is actually better to do it with a professional because yoga might can injure your muscles and joints if not done properly. And also, yes, the scenery plays a huge role, I think, for yoga because it has to be really relaxing and peaceful. :)

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  22. Thanks for your sweet comment. I appreciate it :)
    Really lovely your post, amazing skirt
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  23. Aw this post is very very helpful <3
    You look stunning :)
    I love your skirt :)
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  24. Lovely outfit :)
    Your skirt is beautiful and I love your top :)

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  26. You look lovely and chic)))!Thanks for sharing such a nice post!
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