Spring is such a beautiful time of the year – sunshine, new growth, bird singing, flowers blooming. Although this time of year may be a breath of fresh air for some, for others, it can be quite stressful. With daily stresses, university and college finals and spring cleaning, sometimes Spring can be more stressful than we had anticipated.
We put together five simple strategies to use this spring when you need to de-stress. Keep on reading to find out what they are!
1. Go For A Walk
Find a local walking path or a nature trail nearby and explore! During the spring there are so many beautiful things to see – trees starting to bud, flowers starting to grow, and wild animals with their little ones. Getting some fresh air and appreciating the nature that surrounds you will help you to focus on something other than the stresses in your life. Don’t forget to take your camera with you along the way to capture the memories. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not pack a lunch, a cozy blanket and plan for a mid-day picnic?!
2. Take On A Simple Project
Spring is the perfect time to take on a new project. Whether it be gardening or a simple DIY project – plan to do something that you will be able to accomplish in a short period of time or something that doesn’t require too much effort, like trying out some new watercolor techniques. This will give you something to devote your time to as well as a sense of accomplishment once you are done. Here are a few other ideas:
3. Plan A Brunch Date
Meeting up with a friend to chat is a terrific way alleviate some of the stress in your life. Talking things through with someone who cares about you can provide you with a different perspective, making you see things in a different and more positive light. And what better way to start the day than with a brunch date?!
4. Visit A Local Thrift Store
Although this isn’t always the best for your bank account, retail therapy can sometimes help you find inspiration. One of our favourite things to do when we have a lot on my mind is to browse some local thrift shops. Such a great way to get inspired and search locally for some hidden treasures – who knows what you will find?! Thrift shopping will also help to ensure you don’t go over your budget while shopping.
5. Keep A Journal
We have mentioned is many posts before, but it is because we strongly stand by this tip! Checking in with yourself daily and writing about your experiences, both good and bad, can really help you to gain perspective on your current situation. In this case, once you begin writing down all the things that are causing you stress, you may begin to see a pattern or some sort of common denominator. This is especially helpful if you are feeling as though you have no one to vent to – get out a paper and pen and write it all down!
We hope these tips & tricks help you the next time you are feeling overwhelmed. Stress is something that we all experience on a daily basis – so what better way to cope with stress than to lean on one another for support.
Let us know in the comments below some of the things you do to cope and combat stress. We would love to hear from you!