SMALL WAYS TO DESTRESS
BUY A PLANT
Houseplants like succulents and ferns aren't just trendy; they have actual benefits for your health. "Greenery and nature help us feel more relaxed and calm, which in turn benefits your everyday mood. Indoor plants serve a practical and aesthetic purpose, and will enhance your life" (NBC News). If you're not sure if you can keep a plant alive, try this faux succulent set or these topiaries.
WATCH THE CLOUDS
Get in touch with your inner zen through cloud watching, the best way to meditate with nature.
I have friends that carry journals with them everywhere so they can jot down their thoughts in times of stress. Sometimes just writing it out can make you feel a little calmer! Studies even show that while writing can sometimes upset you more at first, it will eventually help you relax. "Writing helps people organize thoughts and give meaning to their experiences" (Harvard Health).
Seriously, put your phone away.
READ A BOOK
Reading can take your mind off anything. I shared some of my favorites here.
GO FOR A DRIVE
Going for a drive is a great way to unwind. Elite Daily says long, solo drives even have "healing powers."
TRY A FACE MASK
DO A SMALL ACT OF KINDNESS
Start with one of these ideas from Oprah.
FIND A RELAXING SCENT
TAKE A NAP
You can experience more creativity, a better mood, and reduce stress from just 15 minutes. And those are just 3 of the 15 benefits you can get from walking. Read more of them here. Also, this is a great excuse to pick up these for extra motivation!
POUR A CUP OF TEA
FYI---these are the best teas for stress-relief.
TURN UP THE MUSIC
Here's why music is important if you didn't know.