5 Ways to De-Stress


Working from 9 to 5 has definitely made me realize a few things--some good and some bad. One of the bad things: I get stressed and overwhelmed pretty easily.

I'm the person that has to take somewhat frequent study breaks, go for short walks, and do other random things to take my mind off of something I've been focusing too hard on.

By this point, you'd think I'd be a pro at de-stressing. I have some reliable go-to options, but I've also picked up a few things while being in a new city and experiencing different things. Some are from reading blogs and articles (which is another way I like to de-stress too).

1. Relax with an easy read.

Whether it's a book, your favorite blog, or a fun article, reading something that's quick and easy can be a good way to take your mind off of whatever is stressing you out. (I'm a big reader, so I've done a lot of this recently).

2. Use a relaxation app.

One of the VP's at my internship recommended Headspace and I also read about it in this article. It definitely "declutters the mind."

3. Practice yoga.
I think I write about this every time I'm talking about de-stressing. I just really love yoga! (I haven't practiced it recently though...) Any other form of working out is good too. Whenever just go to the gym, I feel a lot better too.

4. Drink hot tea or coffee.

In addition to my daily coffee trips that I've been blogging about, I've started to drink (decaf!) coffee at night after I've put on comfortable clothes and curled up on the couch. It's a nice way to relax after my day.

5. Listen to music.

I'm definitely a music person, so it's something I go for when I need to get away from things. Depending on how I'm feeling, sometimes I'll want really mellow music (like The 1975), or sometimes I'll listen to something more upbeat and catchy (like 5SOS's new song). 

Do you have any favorite way's to de-stress? (Sometime's my plans also include a large amount of doughnuts and a Netflix session).


  1. Hustle + HalcyonJuly 21, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Love these suggestions! I wrote a similar article for Haute Mess Mag ( a site managed by a fellow HCBN member! ) here: http://hautemessmag.com/2014/09/16/a-stress-cases-guide-to-staying-calm-cool-collected/ I think you'll like it!