Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Relax After a Stressful Week

It’s important to remember to take a step back from it all for a while. Relax. Enjoy the little things. Relieve some stress.

Here’s how…

8. Indulge in some junk food. This probably isn’t the best advice, since eating your feelings isn’t exactly healthy, but chocolate cures all. At least for a little while. So just indulge for a little bit. Something sweet, or something salty, or something sweet and salty (chocolate covered pretzels). Just a little pick me up. Besides, isn’t dark chocolate good for you anyway?

7. Dance it out. Yes, I am totally ripping off Grey’s Anatomy here, but the “twisted sisters” know what they’re talking about.  Dancing is an excellent stress reliever and you don’t even have to have any rhythm whatsoever. (Trust me. I would know.) Just enjoy yourself. And relax.

6. Get that heart rate up. “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” –Elle Woods. 

5. Organize and categorize. Maybe it’s just me but I’ve always found the process of putting things in order to be extremely calming. Freaking out about a big test? Make a study schedule. Nervous about a date? Plan the perfect outfit. Once you know exactly what you’re doing it will be a lot easier to get it done.

4. Get in some quality BFF time. Whether you and your friends are staying in with pizza, beer, and bad TV, or heading out in heels, a good old fashioned girls night cures all. Who cares about what’s happening next week when you’re having the time of your life right now? Let loose. Have some fun. Let your friends distract you. Nothing will seem as bad the next day (except maybe that hangover…).

3. Curl up in bed and watch a movie. Or you know, have a Gossip Girl marathon. The point is that losing yourself in someone else’s drama will distract you from your own. Whatever you have going on won’t seem nearly as terrible after you’ve seen Jenny Humphrey’s eye makeup.

2. Laugh. Search some YouTube videos. Visits Texts from Last NightCall up your funniest friend. Look at last weekend’s Facebook pictures. Just let off some steam and enjoy some absurdity.

1. Make a list. Like I said when I took on this column, list making is my life. It keeps your organized. It makes you feel like you have some semblance of control of everything going on around you. It gives you a focus for just a little while. It makes you feel good when you get to cross something off.  And the results are always entertaining.


  1. "beer". I concur, I've been drinking all evening. shitty day at work today. perhaps this isn't th e best way to handle the stress, but whatever

  2. that bear so cool!
    sorry for the pun, mister

  3. Although assaild with fortune fierce and keen, Following!

  4. Straight chillin like polar bears bro. Niceee.