Stress comes in many forms but usually only feels one way….bad. It feels like a heavy weight hanging over you or like tension building up in the muscles in your back. If you leave emotions like this unattended and allow it to build and fester inside of you it can wreak havoc on your life. It is important to find ways to channel that energy into something positive. The best way to handle stress is to realize that it is only temporary and use strategies to focus your mind elsewhere.
One of the best ways to do this is through creative outlets. Channel your bad energy towards creating something tangible that you can be proud of and say you’ve accomplished. Don’t let your stress get the better of you try these creative outlets.
Paint a room in your home a new color
Why: Painting provides stress relief because it allows you to focus on the task at hand but doesn’t require a lot of brain power. (6 Brain and Health Benefits of Painting) Painting a room in your home will bring a wave of vibrance and change into your home.
Why: Have you ever tried yoga? It’s amazing. Yoga relaxes you and allows your body and mind to connect on a deeper level. After a nice hour long session you will instantly feel physically and mentally more relaxed
Do a DIY project
Why: Do it yourself projects are great because they usually take time and energy so that you can focus on building something that you will get to put to use afterward and stop thinking about whatever it is that’s stressing you out
Why: Getting close to nature is shown to help reduce stress levels in people. Plus it is an ongoing project so it is something you can keep working at and reap the benefits longterm.
Rearrange your living space
Why: Practice feng shui in your home and rearrange things differently. This can give you the feeling of starting fresh and be a nice change to the same old thing.
Go to a bookstore
Why: Surround yourself with books they are full of wisdom. If you are feeling overwhelmed pick up a new book that motivates or excites you and read until you relax.
Make a vision board
Why: A vision board is a collage of pictures that depict the things you want in your life. Maybe you have trip to paris in mind or dreams of putting a pool in your backyard. Making a vision board is not only fun, but puts things into perspective. It reminds you that your situation is temporary and there is so much hope for the future.
Out with the old in with the new
Why: get rid of everything that you don’t need anymore; old clothes, things piling up in your closet, bathroom and makeup products that you never use. Then go out and buy a few new things that you are excited about and can’t wait to use.
Why: meditation is just something you should do on a daily basis to get in touch with yourself. It quiets your mind and makes you put those negative thoughts aside and focus on the positive
Visit an animal shelter
Why: Animals are the happiest people. Shelter animals just want love and attention you will make their day and they will make yours.
Volunteer for a good cause
Why: Helping others always makes you feel good and makes you feel grateful. It is impossible to be grateful and stressed at the same time.
Why: writing allows you to express yourself through a different medium. If you are sick of venting about your problems then write about them or write a story about what your dream life would be like.