- Listen to music:
More specifically, I listen to music that makes me feel nostalgic. Music has a way of transporting you. Listening to music from my childhood (inarguably a less stressful time of my life) reignites my drive.
2. Start watching something new on Netflix:
Depending on my mood, this can range from a new, silly show to a serious documentary. Anything that will get the gears turning in my brain will do the trick.
3. Pick up an instrument:
I’m not very good at playing many instruments, but learning a new song or starting to learn chords on ukulele forces my brain to concentrate at the task at hand and block out the rest of the world.
I am not a very good singer, but belting out random songs on the radio has been a huge stress reliever. This is my go to while I drive to work to energize me.
5: Read a book:
Opening myself up to a new world in a brand new book never fails to refuel my fire and spark some creativity.
6: Eat a snack:
Sometimes all I really need is some brain food, though I do have to be cautious that it doesn’t turn to comfort eating. I try to keep these snacks healthy, like some fruit, to avoid feelings of guilt later in the day.
Youtube is filled with ten minute workout videos to follow along to. They’re a quick remedy to get your brain and body moving.
Sometimes I get stuck in a slump when I have too much on my mind. Journaling can help get everything on a piece of paper and out of my brain. It also forces me to address any issues I am currently facing head-on.
9: Avoid social media:
While social media has a lot of perks, it has always been a source of stress for me personally. I will scroll through Instagram after finishing a homework assignment or a shift at work to wind down, but seeing the highlights of other people’s lives made me feel like a failure and like I was wasting too much time by relaxing. Avoiding apps like FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram when I am in a slump helps me avoid these feelings.
10: Talk to a friend or family member:
Even a quick, silly conversation boosts my mood and relaxes me. It reminds me that, no matter what I am going through, I am not alone. It also prevents me from staying in my room alone for too long.