I am pretty sure that we all find ourselves stressed at some point in our life. This could be because of work or something else impacting our personal lives. I am not a doctor nor do I hold any degrees in medicine or human services fields, but I will share with you a list of 5 things that help me when I am stressed.
1. Reading – Reading is a way to escape the reality around you. It gives you time to sit back and use your imagination to go to a world other than your own. Some of the books I have recently read are expanding my understandings of other around me. These include Los Corruptores by Jorge Zepeda Patterson, Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart and You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson.
2. Getting a massage – Sometimes it’s difficult to make yourself relax, this is why I love getting massages! I wish I did more often and every time I go get one I tell myself that I am not going to wait months to come back...then I do (sigh.) I recently found a place that I really liked, Tres Aurae Spa in Williamsville. I had the best massage I’ve had in the US.
3. Hiking – This is one of my favorite things to do in the world! I love exploring new places, especially if there is an interesting topographic feature around. Hiking helps me zone out and focus on the beauty around me instead of the ugly things in life.
4. Working out – I am kind of lazy and I wish I did this one more, but when I do do it, it makes me feel really good. As we know, working-out sends endorphins throughout your body. It’s like taking caffeine, but healthy!
5. Working with my hands – I am an artist by training and just generally speaking. Using my hands and being creative are great ways to relieve stress. Recently, I reupholstered my dinning room table chairs. I also have been doing odd jobs around the house, like fixing doorknobs. Working with my hands helps me focus on something that makes me feel like I am accomplishing something meaningful.
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