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Ways to Unwind and De-stress
Created By Michelle Phan
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Michelle Phan dives right into this video by offering advice based on her personal experience of different ways to de-stress. Each way that works for her may not work for you, but hopefully some of Michelle’s suggestions resonate with you when you’re feeling stressed out.
The first bit of advice Michelle gives is to give yourself a “digital detox” by turning off your phone for some stress relief. Disconnecting from your phone can help calm your busy mind and help you relax.
Michelle goes on to suggest taking a hot bath and this same concept applies for taking a hot shower too. Try to embrace the present moment and feel the warmth on your body to ease your tense muscles.
Enjoying a hot drink such as hot cocoa, tea, or lemon water can also help to sooth stress away, according to Michelle. Warm soup can help sweat out toxins from your body. It’s easy to get caught up in busy days and eat with a busy mind until feeling full. Ask yourself how many times you’ve eaten something quickly and never really enjoyed the taste or blessing it was to have food to eat. Once a day try to make a conscious effort to savor all the flavors of your meal and appreciate each bite.
Take time out of your busy schedule for fun. Whatever fun means to you, don’t forget to treat yourself when you’re feeling especially stressed and overwhelmed. Getting immersed in your hobby or favorite activity is a great way to de-stress too. If you don’t have a hobby or something you’re passionate about, take some time and get to really know yourself!
Finding time to meditate can help reduce stress substantially. Even if just for a couple minutes on days when you’re particularly stressed out, it can do wonders for calming your thoughts. If you don’t know how to meditate, that’s okay! There are plenty of free resources online, on apps, or at your local library that can help guide you in the right direction.
Lastly, animals and nature are known for having healing effects on stress. If you don’t have an animal to bond with then try finding a serene place outdoors and enjoy some fresh air.
These simple ways to help de-stress helped Michelle, and hopefully some of them will help you too.