20 Ways to De-Stress in the New Year!

It’s that time of year when the holiday festivities are coming to a close. You take inventory of all of the fun you had over the holidays, making note of the new experiences, traditions, and friendly faces that were all a part of closing out your 2019. When you are able to come up for air, you ask yourself how in the world you accomplished the shopping, cooking, celebrating, and traveling. You might even feel like you’ve been running on borrowed energy. For some of you it may feel like this past couple of weeks has been scheduled down to the minute with holiday outfits, meal times, nap times, and bed times. I’m guessing that you didn’t put in the family calendar some time for you to catch a breath. Hopefully, as we head out of this busy social season, you may finally be finding time your day to carve out some “me time”. My hope is that you are able to find some time to de-stress. That is easier said than done for most of us so I have gathered a list of helpful tips to help you de-stress and step into 2020 on the right foot!

  1. Unplug: Put the phone down and take a break from social media.
  2. Make a cup of tea: Find your favorite herbal blend or try some Matcha for the added benefit of L-Theanine to help promote relaxation.
  3. Light a candle or diffuse essential oils: Find a soothing scent like Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, or Ylang Ylang.
  4. Take a bath: add some aroma therapy to your tub with essential oils and Epsom salt or find your favorite bubbles.
  5. Exercise: Walk, Run, Yoga, Dance…move your body. High or low impact. Whatever feels best for your body in that moment.
  6. Journal: Pen to paper will help you sort out what’s going on in your headspace. Don’t worry about punctuation if you are overwhelmed. Just write!
  7. Nap: Lay down. Put on PJ’s. Get cozy. You just might need to rest and recuperate.
  8. Listen to music: Whether you zone out in a pair of headphones or your turn your speakers up, find some of your favorite tunes and sing along. Try putting together your own playlist to have on hand when you need a mood booster!
  9. Visit with a friend: Human connection can be so powerful. Set up time with a friend to laugh and catch up!
  10. Meditate: Get comfortable and focus on your breath. Be present in the moment and focus on the connection between your breath and your body.
  11. Laugh: Whether you tune into your favorite tv show or podcast, or you have a conversation with your favorite funny friend, having a good laugh can reduce the level of stress hormones in your body.
  12. Go outside: “Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings.” Click here to see other ways that nature can impact your well-being.
  13. Spend time with your pet: Pets have a lot of therapeutic traits and can help to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol. Give old Sparky a snuggle!
  14. Get a hobby: Whether you belong to a Knitting Club or like to bake at home, spend time doing something that you enjoy!
  15. Stretch: Everyday! Stretching is crucial to relieving tension in the body. It is also a great way for you to check in with your body to see what is going on in that moment. Click here to see what stretches you should start incorporate into your day.
  16. Make a list: If you are feeling overwhelmed, try sitting down and writing out everything that you need to do. This can help you prioritize and come up with a plan of action. You can feel confident about your next step in moving forward and alleviate some of the unknown that causes you to feel overwhelmed.
  17. Clean/Organize: Ever heard the saying “A cluttered home is a cluttered mind?” A cluttered home can zap your energy without even knowing it. Click here see the book that changed. Marie Kondo’s name into a verb, as in “I just Marie Kondo-ed all of my clothes”.
  18. Get grateful: Focusing on what you are grateful for can promote and attitude shift that will bring you back into a mindset of joy and happiness.
  19. Color/Doodle/Sketch: Coloring has an amazing power to de-stress and helps to lower anxiety. Whenever we get involved in coloring, the spark of creativity produces an immediate soothing effect on mental status.
  20. Read: Picking up a good book can help transport you to a new literary space away from the stresses of everyday life. Create a space where you won’t be interrupted and get whisked away into the genre of your choosing!

What is your favorite way to de-stress? Comment below and share your path to ZEN. 🙂

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