30 Days of Stress Relief
I am currently in the middle of moving, and anyone who has moved before can recognize my pain. The packing, budgeting, and piles of garbage and boxes have really been causing me a lot of stress. Some of us may experience stress than others, but in reality, we all have things in our lives that are going to cause us some amount of stress. When we are not able to manage our stress properly, it can lead to health issues such as insomnia, migraines, ulcers, or even heart conditions.

Join me in spending the next 30 days trying these stress relief techniques.
  • Get a massage. I am telling you, it is 30-60 minutes of pure relaxation.
  • Get exercising. I hate to go to the gym, I’ll admit it. But, I always feel better when I do.
  • Declutter. Spend a little time organizing your space. This is always my go-to stress management.
  • Eat foods that help with stress, such as avocado, oatmeal, blueberries, or oranges.
  • Catch up on sleep. Ensuring you get enough sleep can help relieve stress.
  • Read. Taking a bit out of the day to escape into a book is a great way to help with stress.
  • Talk to someone. Give your favorite confidant a call and tell them what has been bothering you.
  • Color in a coloring book. This definitely helps me de-stress and satisfy the kid at heart.
  • Take a bubble bath/hot shower. I know baths aren’t for everyone, but I love my hot bubble baths. Occasionally, this can be paired with a glass of wine if you so choose.
  • Try breathing exercises. Try something simple like breathing in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, and exhale for 5 seconds, and repeat.
  • Listen to your favorite music. Currently, the Chainsmokers are my favorite for stress relief.  
  • Come up with a positive affirmation. Put the affirmation where you will see it every day.
  • Journal about your feelings. This always helps me to think deeper about myself and my stress.
  • Do a puzzle. This could be a jigsaw puzzle, a crossword, Sudoku or whatever you enjoy.
  • Cut out caffeine. I know this is easier said than done, but it really can help.
  • Buy or make a stress ball. Even rubbing playdoh in my hands helps with stress.
  • Dance it out! Blast those sick beats and dance like no one is watching, even if they are.
  • Try yoga, medication or prayer. Choose which works for you. It can be so soothing to clear your mind for even short time.
  • Go for a walk. You can take the dog, a friend, or go alone. Just get out and get moving.
  • Do a fun craft. Check out Pinterest. It is okay if it’s a fail. There is still fun in creating something.
  • Try to eliminate stressors. I know this isn’t always possible, but try to rid yourself of those stressors that you can control.
  • Just say no. Sometimes you just need to say no to that extra assignment or responsibility.
  • Watch your favorite movie. Bridesmaids can cheer me up not matter what mood I am in.
  • Eat your favorite food. Don’t forget to savor each bite.
  • Try acupuncture. Needles aren’t for me, but many friends have told me it works wonders.
  • Buy an indoor plant. Plants can help reduce stress levels.
  • Take your lunch outside. Enjoy the summer weather and take in the fresh air.
  • Play a fun game. Whether it’s a full on game night or just your favorite mobile app. Play on!
  • Drink more water. Making sure you’re properly hydrated can help with stress relief.
  • Accept what you cannot change. The hardest of all, but it does us no good to worry and stress about the things we cannot control. 

Amanda grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL but is now enjoying living in Louisville, KY. She received her bachelors degree at Northern Illinois University where she acted as a resident advisor and mentor to fellow students. This was where she found her passion for wellness and helping others. She went on to study community health and receive her Masters of Education at the University of Louisville. During her studies, she focused her graduate research on programming for mental health and youth wellness. She also acts as an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. She has always enjoyed using her voice and knowledge to educate and advocate about important health topics. Amanda spends much of her time employed as a nanny for three wonderful children.

When she is not busy promoting health education or chasing around the kids, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her Pomeranian, Sulley, or indulging in a great book. Amanda thrives on helping to educate others about important health issues and effective health related behaviors so they can live happier and healthier lives!