6 Ways to De-stress

As some of you may know.. I'm currently working towards my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, while also substitute teaching. This takes up a lot of my time and sometimes I feel like I'm just going through the motions of my day. I get lost in all of the things I'm doing and forget to take a moment to just relax.

I know a lot of us are doing the same thing whether it's school or our careers and feel like we just don't have enough time for ourselves to save our sanity sometimes. But, this is SO IMPORTANT! We need to make sure, for our well-being, that we take the time to stop and relax.

Here are a few things that I do to relax and regain my inner peace!

"We can never obtain PEACE in the outer world until we make PEACE within ourselves."

~Buddha

1. Yoga
I started practicing yoga in 2014 and immediately fell in love with it! I absolutely love hot yoga and try to get to my studio once a week! I recently started practicing at home daily and have grown so much! I just love how you can completely free your mind and forget about everything around you and just focus on your practice. I have never felt stronger than I do when I practice yoga. Yin-yoga is also an amazing practice for flexibility and relaxation. YouTube has some great videos, whether you're a beginner or advanced in your practice!

2. Meditate
Fun fact! I took a Buddhism class in college and we practiced meditation in class, which was an amazing experience! I also took a stress and relaxation class, where we practiced guided meditation. I actually loved it and started incorporating this into my schedule. I typically use a guided meditation to relax when I need to clear my mind and become present. I ALWAYS worry and think about things that are going to happen, which many of us do! But, it is so important to be present because we will never get these moments back again. Light a few candles and some incense and get in a comfy spot and try this! I like to focus on my breathing while meditating to keep my mind from wandering, but it will still happen at times (this is okay! Just bring yourself back to your breathing). 20 minutes of guided meditation a day is actually recommended to improve your sleep and state of mind!

Source: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-helps-fight-insomnia-improves-sleep-201502187726

3. Exercise
Whether it's in a gym, in your house, or outside, working out gets those endorphins going and will help you feel happy and energetic once you're done! Remember, the hardest part about working out is the first step of actually getting up and getting yourself to the starting point!

4. Get outside
Go for a walk, go to the beach, or go to the park WITHOUT your phone! This is so freeing and at first you feel like your missing something, but this is so good for you! I miss the days when we didn't have cell-phones and social media because we used to get outside much more than our generation does now. This can really clear your mind, lift your spirits, and help you feel relaxed when you can just become one with nature and your surroundings.. because they are so beautiful! My favorite place to be is anywhere by the sea! Whenever I'm feeling stressed or down, feeling my toes in the sand, the sun on my skin, smelling the salty mist of the ocean breeze, and hearing the crashing of the waves always brings me peace.

5. Drink Tea
I do this a lot before bed when I need to relax or feel like I just won't be able to sleep. My favorite tea is Celestial Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea, it tastes SO GOOD and gets me to that sleepy and relaxed state of mind. During the day, I love the Yogi Blueberry Slim Life Green Tea!

6. Music
Whatever your genre is, listening to music always helps me get out of my own head and get lost in the music. This can be incorporated into any of the things I mentioned above and is great because it can literally be done ANYWHERE! Many of us feel stressed or think too much while we're driving (especially in Southern California haha). In my stress and relaxation class, I learned a lot of us used music while driving to be mindful and present. This can free your mind before you walk into work or before you get home to even begin de-stressing!

I hope some of you were inspired to try some of these techniques to help you relax & de-stress or if you use other ways to de-stress that I didn't mention, I would love to hear from you! Don't forget to leave me a comment below!

Keep being beautiful inside and out 💛

XOXO,

Jolene

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