Monday, June 25, 2012

Stress Relief Techniques

I don’t know about you ladies but this has been a stressful and frustrating week for me. When I returned home from visiting my parents in Wisconsin over the weekend, I discovered my internet modem was dead. Not just malfunctioning but not turning on at all.  This would be a frustrating discovery for anyone but because I work from home several evenings throughout the week, and on the weekends, I realized this was going to be a huge problem. After calling AT&T and finding out I wouldn’t get my new modem until Monday, I knew I would be staying late at the office nearly everyday for the rest of the week.

Have you ever felt frustrated and felt like the universe was picking on you, just to make things worse? That was my feeling all week! Most likely, it was only my crummy attitude bringing out the pessimist in me but sometimes, it’s hard to get tough with yourself and cheer up!

Because I know I can’t be the only one who has felt this way, this article will not be about bridal showers or tuxedo options for the groom or wedding favors. It’s going to be about stress-busting tips. We all need to take a break from life every once in a while; we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves and not only our to-do list. 

The following are a few of my favorite stress relief techniques. Directions here are easy: read and apply. 

1.  Indulge in your favorite movie that you haven’t seen in forever. Or maybe rent a movie you’ve been dying to see but haven’t made time to watch. I recommend a funny movie, like rolling-on-the-floor, holding-your-sides funny. Example: Bridesmaids. That movie gets me every time! Plus, it’s appropriate given this is a wedding planning blog. 

Side Note: Buy a slurpee, large coke, milkshake, etc and pop some popcorn to enjoy with the movie. Eating makes people happy. Did you know when you eat during your stress-busting session calories don’t count??

2.    Go on a drive and listen to your favorite music. I heard from a friend who took a psychology class (so you know it’s true) that many people find taking a drive to be relaxing because it gives you the feeling of being in control. You’re in control of the car, your destination if you have one, your radio station – the whole trip, long or short as it may be. This is particularly therapeutic if it’s a beautiful summer night. I think another added benefit is the alone time factor. You have as much time as you want to sort out the thoughts in your head, if you want to do that.

3. Spend time with your favorite four-legged friend. Petting an animal is shown to reduce blood pressure, never mind that often pets are great company when you can no longer tolerate the presence of other humans. If you have a dog, take him or her for a walk. Then you’re busting calories and stress! If you’re a cat-lover, like me, cuddle up and take a nap with your kitty. (I am also a nap-lover so this busts double the stress for me.)

Okay, so I didn’t do a TON of research to come up with these tips. But let’s face it, sometimes we don’t need specialists or scientific data to help us chill out. We just need someone else to tell us that 1) not only is it okay for us to take time for ourselves, it’s absolutely necessary and 2) to remind us that relaxing doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.

Already it’s the beginning of a new week and I know I’m going to be busy with extra work but we can all find time to take it easy when we need it. Don’t let life’s little stressors get to you!

Plus, you know that if it’s your wedding stressing you out, all you need to do is give Details a call :)  We’ll be sure to take a load off your shoulders in no time!



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