Monday, February 23, 2015

5 low commitment ways to help cope with stress

With the weather being so terrible, looking for a steady job, expanding the work I want to do, homeschooling, and LIFE I'm stressed as hell. Which is not shocking at all because I'm a high stress person (I work better under stress) and I am not where I need to be in terms of reducing stress and getting a better handle on my stress (who is?).

All that being true I have found some super simple and low commitment stress relievers that help me cope.

5 low commitment ways to help cope with stress 

Spray your bed and pillow with a lavender oil water mix. Go to your local 99 cent store and pick up a cheap spray bottle then go to you local discount department store (Marshalls, TJ MAXX, Burlington, and the likes)and go to their bath and body section to find some lavender oil at a discounted price.
I got my bottle of lavender oil for about $6 and my spray bottle at Bath and Body Works (where you can also sometimes find oils) for $1. Not only does it help me relax and sleep well it works great for kids too.

Light some candles. There is something about candle light that is just instantly calming and can change the mood of a room very quickly. The candles don't even have to be the amazing smelling ones that can be kind of pricey. I have tiny little tea lights I use and they help me relax just as much. Light some changes turn off the lights and just lay there for a bit.

Play some calming music. YouTube has a wide selection of relaxing music you can choose from to play while you're working, cleaning, reading, or just need some background noise that isn't Netflix.
One of my favorites is tibetan singing bowls.

(Lazy) Meditation. While you're laying in bed trying to go to sleep but your brain is keeping you up using a guided mediation can help calm your thoughts and drift into sleep is the best type of lazy meditation.  The reason I call it "lazy meditation" is because there is only so much time in a day and while I would love to say I meditate in a candle lit room with cushy pillows and beautiful aromas I don't. In fact half the time I want to meditate is right before bed when I'm just laying there and need to calm my thoughts. One of my favorite lazy mediations:

Listen to positive statements (and start believing them)! 
My head can be a very negative place sometimes where I feel like everything terrible is going to happen and should happen. Listening to positive affirmation statements like "I create my own destiny, I have the help of many people, I can create my own reality" and others really help make me feel like I'm capable of doing anything. Here is one of my favorites:

Do you have some low commitment ways to help reduce and cope with stress?
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