As of late, I’ve found myself with no time for anything. Well…what I mean is that I have had no time to have fun and do me. I work full time as a certified medical assistant in a very busy dermatology group and I currently take a three hour class once a week. I get home from a late work day and I still have to manage homework and dinner. Most of the time I end up procrastinating and doing everything on the weekends. In the end it all comes back to bite me in the butt!
Here are some helpful ideas that I want to share that have personally helped me de-stress and reconnect. Remember to do you.
- Spend time with family and friends
When was the last time you had lunch with your friends? Your best friend? Or had a girl’s date with you mom? Every time I go back home to visit my family I get a chance to re-connect with them and catch up. It brings a sense of calm and familiarity that brings peace to me. Family is important!
- New hobbies
Pick up a new hobby! I picked up blogging late last year, it was something that I’ve always wanted to do but never had the courage. I was feeling really stressed at the time and I wanted to pre-occupy my mind. One late night I set up my blogger page and created my first post. It was exciting (and still is!), it was my creative outlet.
- Write it down
I have found that writing things down helps. Weather it is writing down your grocery list so you do not forget or journaling, it gets your mind off what you need to do and or gets things off your chest. Having a planner is also a good idea, I personally like to write in a planner rather than scheduling it on my phone. It keeps me organized.
I know, I know you don’t have time! Yes you do, you have to make time. It’s not only healthy for your body, its also healthy for your mind. The last thing I want to do is work out when I get home from a long day at work, but I still do it. If you are short on time, I recommend doing full body work outs. Exercising, at least for me, helps me release all my frustrations. Getting a nice sweat and my heart pumping is relaxing to me. I know, I’m weird.
- Netflix and chill (whatever it means to you)
Literally chill! I really need to catch up on Grace and Frankie on Netflix. This is my favorite time to decompress and binge on my guilty pleasures of Hot Cheetos and a Coke. Sounds like a relaxing night to me!
- Pamper yourself
I tend to neglect this. We like to pamper ourselves differently. Some like getting their nails done, others like putting on a face mask and taking a bath. I know I can’t afford a resort style pamper session, so get creative. There is nothing wrong getting your significant other to give you a massage, get them to rub your feet for once.
For some, this is really important and a big source of peace. Find a quite place in your home, and take a few minutes to yourself.
- NO SOCIAL MEDIA
Have you had a social media break? This can be a big source of stress and anxiety. Give your eyes and mind a break once in a while. Now a days life revolves around our phones. To keep yourself from going back to your phone do any of the above. Keep your phone in a drawer far, far away.
Do you guys have any other ideas? Let me know!