Little ways to feel Less Stressed

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Stress is a familiar occurrence in pretty much all of out lives and in 2015 I feel like we are at an all time high in the stress level chance. Stress isn’t good for us. It can make us restless, loose sleep and over eat. In some cases its just expected that we are all running around with frazzled nerves and todo lists that seem like they are never ending. Most of us juggle a bunch of things all at the same time from blogging, working, school and life - it’s no wonder occasionally we have the tendency to stress out.

Last week I found myself having a little cry sob because I felt so overwhelmed with the all the tasks I had on my plate. I woke up one morning and just thought - I need to rest - I mean - REALLY rest. It was time to get rid of all those anxious feelings and get some positivity and organisation following back in my veins.

Keep a Schedule:

I like to keep both a traditional paper calendar as well as keeping my iCal updated. Having quick access to my monthly plans is a great stress reducer. By seeing what you have planned out for the month ahead you can clearly schedule activities and meetings without double booking yourself. It’s also ideal to note down when you have important things due like projects,homework or bills. Therefore when the stressful occasions pop up you have fair warning.

Relax Time

While I absolutely love going out and keeping busy I feel it’s so important to schedule time to just be you. Take a Friday off partying with friends to just stay in and focus on doing something you enjoy. Take a bath, read or do whatever makes you feel good. Switch off your phone and just enjoy being in your own company.

Take care of yourself:

Try and eat well as exercise, sleep and nutrition go hand in hand. Cook up a big batch of healthy food which you can portion up for the fridge or freezer rather than grabbing calorie and carb laden foods when stress hits. Lowering the amount of caffeine and refined sugars in your diet will likely also help your quality of sleep, which in turn will lower your stress levels.

GO OUTSIDE:

Getting out in the open on a 30 minute walk can really help clear your mind, reduce stress and get your blood flowing.

Tidy Up

I always feel like once you clear out your desk, workspace or even bedroom you feel so much less stressed. Being in a tidy and organised space really helps clear the mind and takes care of any anxiety. I try and clean up as I go along but I know Im always left with mugs, rings and socks scattered all over my work space which puts my mind into overdrive. A clear space equals a clear head.


My counsellor told me once that you have to be kind to yourself before you can really start healing. It’s one of the best pieces od advice I’ve ever been given and I try and apply it to my day to day life as much as I can. Be gentle with yourself.

I’d love to know: what are your techniques for dealing with stress? Please feel free to share in the comments.

63 comments

  1. Last night, I stayed in my PJS and watched a pretty little liars with a kebab. Best choice I ever made.

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  2. Ahh I tried to comment but I'm not sure it worked!

    I particularly follow the cleaning and being outside to destress. I think a good way to find out how you destress is to remember what you automatically go to do after a high stress situation, aside from crying. I always clean.

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  3. Me time is essential, especially when you have two young kids so I always try and set aside some spare time just to listen to my favourite music. Music soothes my soul :) xx

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  4. Thanks for sharing these great tips. That pic is lovely!

    xx Mira

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  5. I 100% agree that you need to be kind to yourself before you can heal, it's such a beautiful and true statement. These are great tips, keeping a schedule is pretty much my number 1 way of feeling less stressed.

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  6. Great tips, if I'm feeling a bit stressed I'll try and give myself a time out, take a bath and read a book or go the completely opposite route and workout both work pretty well for me! xoxo

    ♥ Cateaclysmic ♥

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  7. These are all such good ways to relax and de-stress, and I always forget what a walk can do to your body! I like to switch off, do some reading or give myself a quick head massage - always zones me out,

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I always listen to music without lyrics and just look out my bedroom window because it's basically all trees and sky :) walking as well and getting fresh air is always good too! Em xx

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  9. tidying up is so true! i can never relax when everything around me is mess!

    KRISTEN LEO

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  10. thank you! Needed this right now :)
    xxx
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  11. Great post! I have the tendency to stress myself out way more than I should ever do, and I really need to look after myself more.

    xx Susan
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  12. Great tips! Sofie xx

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  13. this really helped ! life has been overwhelming lately and ive been needing to find a way to balance everything :)
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  14. this is such a great and helpful post ! i used to get really stressed over every little thing, at one point it got too much so i took some medicine to strengthen my nerves and it really helped ! x

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  15. I become so easily stressed. Thank you for sharing your tips on how to feel better with us, Lily.
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  16. Lovely post, I have been stressing lately and reading this has brought it back home. Realizing I need to be kind to myself! I hope you continue writing little posts like this, they really are fab! x
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  17. Must implement these asap!
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    Jeanne
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  18. These are great tips! Thanks!
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  19. I definitely need some of these tips - the only way i'm going to de-stress at the minute is if someone offers to write my dissertation for me!

    Caz |] thisiscaz x

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  20. It's true these things really help! And maybe stop worrying and over-thinking too :)

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  21. thanks for the tips!

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  22. Great tips, I find going outside really helps too, it can take your mind off everything whilst also making you feel physically better! I love that piece of advice about being kind to yourself, it's something we don't remember often enough!
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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  23. Lovely tips! Staying organised is definitely a key way for me to feel stress free x

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  24. Nice post !

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  25. love this post Lily, so helpful :) <3

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  26. In some ways it must be hard to be a blogger full time as you're accessible always, you don't get to just switch off on a Friday at 5pm like a regular 9-5. I'm sure the positives massively outweigh the negatives but everyone deserves a break from time to time. Ironically my wind down is grabbing a coffee and my iPad & catching up with blogs. :)

    Jen xx
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  27. I love this! Such a great post and one I'm sure everyone can relate to.

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    xx

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  28. Thanks for sharing Lily - feeling especially stressed with university work, so love all the tips! I have also been trying to spend less time on social media during the week! x

    Do you have any tips for working from home?

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  29. I'm feeling quite stressed at the moment trying to juggle being a new mum and new wife and a new house. I don't know the last time I did anything just for me, other than my hair (tidying up the mess a bit). Only think is that I don't know how to make the time for myself because there's always something I'm needed for. Any advice ladies?

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  30. I am having to deal with a lot of exam related stress at the moment, so this has come about at a perfect time!! I need to constantly remind myself to not overwork as burnout is inevitable :) x

    Abbie|Thoughtsandthunder

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  31. Very nice tips ! I'm all about scheduling !

    Sara,
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  32. Good advice! I love just being on my own sometimes!

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  33. tiding up doesn't work for me but scheduling and maybe a bubble bath reading magazines definitely does.(:

    xx from Italy
    Cate // kate/idoscope

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  34. Great post Lily!
    Another thing that I find important is social contact! Everything is so much worse when you're isolated and meeting up with friends (of getting in touch with them in any way) is such a stress reliever!

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  35. Great post!


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  36. This has definitely helped, at the minute school is so stressful as exams are getting nearer and nearer and all teachers up the pressure!

    infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

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  37. I'm definitley a little bit stressed these days with getting myself prepared for starting my new job~ These tips really helped! Need to keep my shedule and allow time for myself to relax aswell :)

    Have a lovely day ♥

    Ying | * Y i n g c b e a u t y *

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  38. Great tips Lily! It's always nice to have a pamper night and take some time out. It always makes me feel much better :)

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  39. I'm going to tidy my room tomorrow morning because sitting in bed should be a relaxing experience - but seeing all the chaos around me is making me a little edgy! Thanks for these ideas!

    Claire // Technicolour Dreamer // Bloglovin'

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  40. I always feel like my stress is reflected in the messiness of my bedroom! Thanks for the tips, I've been feeling the stress lately, but I've just tidied up my room and am feeling a lot more relaxed!

    Corinne xx

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  41. Great advice! I just cleaned my room and it feels so good to be in a space of my own that is nice and clean :)

    xx fawnchic

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  42. Scheduling, to do lists and tidying messes as I make them has seriously reduced my stress levels!

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  43. Great tips! I am always tidying up and its very helpful for me :)

    Melissa || www.vintagemelissa.co.uk

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  44. Honestly tidying up does wonders. I've been in absolute tears about things before and then tidied up my stuff and felt like a huge weight had been lifted.

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  45. Im under a fair amount of stress at the moment with college work, these tips are really helpful! i exercise regularly but i know i don't eat very healthy at all. I want to try and eat a lot healthier, which will hopefully keep my stress levels down :) i love your blog so much !

    Lucy x http://lucy-bedford.blogspot.co.uk/

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  46. Im under a fair amount of stress at the moment with college work, these tips are really helpful! i exercise regularly but i know i don't eat very healthy at all. I want to try and eat a lot healthier, which will hopefully keep my stress levels down :) i love your blog so much !

    Lucy x http://lucy-bedford.blogspot.co.uk/

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  47. great little tips! with second semester of uni starting, my stress levels have been on the rise which is never good! thank you, I needed this xoxo

    Mara // marashares

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  48. These are great tips! I've been feeling stressed with A levels and totally agree with taking time out for yourself to do nothing, it's the best thing to relax!
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  49. These are great tips, thank you so much! I used to hate walking but since I've moved to London, I can't get enough of it! I walk everywhere - I feel so much better afterwards and it's pretty refreshing!

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  50. These are definite rules I live by - I try and go for an early morning 2mile walk every day (about 40mins) and can't work unless things are tidy. I'm one of life's worriers and stress really easily so have to actively try to chill out most of the time xx
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  51. I agree with you it is hard some days to not let stress take over. When work life is too much I like to lay in bed and catch up on social media and tumblr/pinterest. It feels good to be inspired and have new ideas and goals.
    Love your tips and feel less lonely in stress

    Love what you do xxx

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  52. These are grea tips!

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  53. These are all really good tips, I find just taking a minute to stop, breathe and remind myself to be calm really helps. I also have a little book of 365 days of mindfulness which has loads of brilliant stress relieving ideas in it!

    Issie x
    myebaywardrobe.blogspot.co.uk

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  54. I definitely agree with tidying up. When my room is messy, my stress level hits the roof!

    / O.R.R.

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  55. Serious hair envy, love it! http://shopthrifting.blogspot.co.uk

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  56. I love and appreciate this so much! I love it when you post things like this! Also a good book, water and relaxing candles help as well.

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