Stress is something we all have to deal with. When we’re stressed we tend to obsess, over analyze and focus on what’s wrong. ( I tend to focus on the later). Here are the 8 ways that I conquer stress, I hope you find this helpful in your life.

1. Jot it down

Life is hard sometimes, can we admit that? But, there is still so much to be grateful for. I’ve been starting a new habit that has really helped me feel in control every time I feel stressed. I write my thoughts in a journal, a diary if you will, instead of writing down thoughts regarding the stressful situations I write down how grateful I am for the things I’ve been able to accomplish in life. It shifts your focus from the problem, and puts things into perspective that no matter how hard life gets, there is beauty in everyday.

2. Calming Fragrances

I love treating myself to a relaxing bath or spa day to unwind from a long day. Now if you can’t treat yourself to a spa day, because lets face it… it can get pretty pricey, you can create a spa like atmosphere at home. I love using L’Occitane Body oils which are great for relaxing. L’Occitane even has a Almond scented body oil which is to die for! This oil melts into the skin, enveloping it with a subtle and mouthwatering scent of fresh almonds while leaving a delicious satiny-smooth finish.

Image above includes: L’Occitane French Lavender Body Oil (left), L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette (middle) L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil (right)

Almond is well-known for its ability to nourish the skin which is one of the reasons why I love this product so much! L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil  is constantly on rotation in my beauty routine and is a must have for my nightly routine.

3. Diet & Health

Being malnourished or not giving your body the right nutrition is a huge factor in how you’ll feel in your everyday life. If you’re not feeding your body the right nutrients, you’ll often feel tired, lousy, unhappy etc. Staying physical is also really important for our minds to be strong and healthy. I love going to a Pure Barre or yoga class, and whenever my husband is at home we love to go on walks!There is so much evidence and science linking our diet/physical activity to the state of our mental health and it’s important to fuel our body with goodness and not garbage. We kind of have to go back to being toddlers: we need time to run outside and play, we need naps, we need breaks and snacks. I think a lot of us forget this as we enter adulthood and think we need to fill our schedules until we burn out.

4. Pay it forward

I think that we can get so wrapped up in our own problems, that we don’t realize that others have it so much worse. I’m not saying that to minimize what you’re going through, but I have found waking up and not focusing on my own issues and rather helping someone else can be extremely healing. I feel so much better when I help someone out, it really makes me happy making someone else happy. Buy someone flowers, hold the door for a stranger, pay for a coffee for the person behind you in the Starbucks line or volunteer (pay it forward). It’s a healthy distraction that will bring you peace and others happiness.

5. Music

One of the ways I de-stress is listening to music. I love getting lost in the calming sounds of Debussy’s Clair De Lune, Beethovens Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor also known as “Moonlight Sonata”, or Bachs Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G Major. Stopping what I am doing and just turning on music can really bring me to a whole other world filled with the humble melody of tranquility. In fact, I’m listing to classical music as I write this post now.

6. De-Clutter

Sometimes we don’t even realize how our surroundings affect our mind. Mess can give me anxiety. When I’m organized and everything has a place, I naturally feel more calm. I don’t hold material things too precious to my heart, even though my world is filled with clothes and beauty products, I like to donate and give away the items that I don’t need! I recommend doing a purge every month to de-clutter, it does wonders for your mind.I am really trying to convince J to build a wonderful closet organizer for all my shoes and handbags.

7. Set the Kettle on the burner

I love tea. Some might even say I am a tea-aholic. However, I do love coffee but tea has always done wonders for me more than coffee has ever done in stressful times. Coffee can actually give people who are naturally more anxious more stress, and accelerates their heart rate (which is why I stay away from it during stressful situations). I enjoy waking up to a hot cup of mint tea in the morning as it helps me start my day off with a calming sense of relaxation. I also enjoy having a cup right before I go to bed to relax and unwind from the day.  A hot cup of tea is also just so comforting when you’re stressed out. Numi Organic Tea, Moroccan Mint is my favorite. Numi also has an amazing organization, H2OPE, their motto… “It all boils down to water”… and they strive to provide safe drinking water to people in need.

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8. Don’t forget to laugh

It’s taken me a long time to figure this out but don’t take life so serious. Even when it is, find a way to laugh. Call up your friend who makes you smile, watch a funny show or try something new. You don’t have to let your stress take over your mood. You can’t choose what happens to you in life, but you can choose how you’ll react. Choose happy! Faith has always kept me going through the day and it really brings me a sense of tranquility and happiness. So I urge you to find what makes you happy and enjoy life! Don’t let the stress of life get in the way, just enjoy the day, no matter how stressful it can get.