I’m an anxious person by nature. One of the main reasons I love to bake and take time to cook is that by putting all my creativity in it, I can relax. Stress and anxiety is a vicious circle, being stressed makes you less productive, more anxious, and more stressed in turn. Here are some strategies I fin help me a lot whenever I am stressed or overwhelmed, and that do not involve eating a whole Nutella jar or having 5 slices of chocolate cake 🙂
Get a manicure
Don’t you feel more able to own the day when your hands are clean and pretty ? We use our hands for everything, so painting my nails and adding some nice rings really uplifts my mood 🙂
Do a face mask
When feeling overwhelmed, it’s good to take care of yourself so you don’t feel like Frankenstein. Feeling refreshed and with a clear and smooth skin will definitely brighten up your ideas.
Get an agenda
I always feel less stressed and more in control of my life when I take 5-10min every night to write my plan for the day, and my to-do list. I try to keep it short, 5 goals or 8 at most. By being realistic, you have more chances to tick off all your goals and feel good. By writing an excessively long list, you’re increasing your chances of not being able to do all of them, and feeling like a failure by the end of the day.
You can find the agenda I am using here. I love the fact that you can write all the important weekly stuff, calls to make etc on one page and you have an overlook on your entire week on the other one. This one is also cute too and super practical.
Learn a new dish (or a new painting, drawing, or knitting technique)
We’re all born with a talent – whether your job is related to it or not – find it and nurture it! It’s food for the soul. Fore me it’s baking/cooking. I always feel accomplished when mastering a new icing technique or creating a flavorful dish.
Drink Herbal Tea
Legend says green tea solves all the world’s problems, including war. Oh, and chamomile also does wonders. You can also make your own herbal tea! I will be making a post soon about 4 easy recipes you can make to make water less boring.
Stop comparing yourself to others
In this social media age, it is easy to find yourself comparing yourself to other people your age in terms of success and happiness. But the point it, we’re all at different stages in our lives. We do different choices, whether good or bad, meet different people, and get different opportunities. Accept that fact and move on. Life is not about having it all. It’s a bit like mixing up leftovers. The best things always come from leftovers.