Top 10 Tips for Stress Management

Possibly the most stressful month of my life is upon me, dear friends. I (along with my mother, oldest brother, and fiance) depart on Thursday to Florida to attend my middle brother's wedding. I am also 30 days out from my own big day. Add into the mix that a family friend is getting married the weekend before our wedding and you have a big, messy, stressful wedding trifecta!

These three wedding days are sure to be beautiful and perfect but that's not without a hefty amount of stress. I'm here today to share with you how I'm managing this stress in my life and how you can manage stress in your life too! 

Get a pedicure (or do one at home!)
I may or may not be getting my toes done as I type this on my phone... There's nothing like having someone else pamper you to take away the stress!

Read a book 
Yes, this is my solution to all of life's problems, but seriously - Take some time to escape into someone else's problems for a little while!

Do a 20-minute yoga practice using YouTube
Yoga with Adriene is my favorite! She is the perfect online yoga instructor for all yogis - whether you're an old pro or brand new to the practice.

Color in a coloring book
The ultimate de-stressor! You can find adult coloring books at hobby stores. Pick up a pack of colored pencils or markers and lose yourself in a mandala.

Make a list of all the things you need to do and focus on one thing at a time
This really helps me to compartmentalize my stress and really see everything that's stressing me out all in one place outside of my brain.

Take a bubble bath 
One of the best things I ever did was invest in a bath shelf. It holds my wine, my book, and my phone, and I can disappear into a tub full of bubbles.

Take a five minute time out to take deep breaths
Use this time to meditate and just get away for a moment.

Listen to white noise
This really helps me combat anxiety. You can use apps on your phone and there's even features on devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. I personally could listen to a thunderstorm for hours on end.

Write in a diary or journal
Similar to making a list, this will help you vent all of your frustrations and come out the other side a better, more relaxed human.

Whatever is stressing you out, know that your stress has an expiration date - Mine happens to be October 13th and a flight to Aruba. ;) These tools will help you cope in the meantime! Tell me - What do you do to help you when you're feeling stressed?

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