I’ve now wrapped up my Finals (that’s why I was MIA for a while) but I still have A LOT to do to catch up on life in general and prepare for the Holidays. I know I’m not the only one that’s busy and we all have our own schedule demons we deal with everyday. With that said, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things that put me in a good mood, relieve stress or just put a smile on my face.
#8 Retail Therapy: This can be tricky during the Holidays because you’re in stores or looking online for others. It’s so easy to find things that would look just perfect in your house or on you. For budget’s sake I recommend this one in March through October.
#7 Just Dance on Wii: Most of my friends make fun of me for this one but if you’ve ever tried it then you know what I’m talking about.
#6 Hot Yoga: Two years ago I started taking hot yoga classes. The heat loosens up my muscles and it’s so easy to just tune the world out and listen to the instructors voice guide me through the poses. I don’t have to think because he or she is telling me what to do. The best is when I hear them say that I’ve struck my pose…beautifully.
#5 Pinata Parties: Nothing like beating the crap out of something when it’s sole purpose is on this earth is to take a good beating. I went to a party last year where we stuffed our own pinatas with candy and wrote on paper whatever issues in our lives were giving us stress or making us sad or angry. Pair that with a bunch of your closest friends, great food and wine – stress free here you come!
#4 Massages: Ahhhh…this is where I can really check out for an hour or more. Nothing like the total escape from the world and pure relaxation. My favorite place here in Dallas is Body & Sole. For $29 you get an amazing reflexology foot massage. If you have the time to follow it with a back massage, even better.
#3 Laughing with Friends over Dinner & Wine: Best friends are the best. Over the years, I’ve been tested with different struggles or disappointments in life. I’m so thankful for my closest friends and family. I wouldn’t trade them for anything! (Before anyone gets on to me – I need to note – not all friends and family are represented below.)
#2 Running: This past Fall, I can’t explain it but running has truly become my therapy. There have been times I was mad about something or frustrated with everything on my to-do list. At the beginning of my run I would think of all the things I would tell the person I was mad at or how I was frustrated with everything on my plate. Somewhere along the course, I would just zone out, think how great my run felt mentally and physically. I’d not only forget about my stresses but as I would walk back in my front door at the end, I’d no longer care about what or who I was mad at and I’d have a plan on how to get everything done.
#1 Playing with the Dogs: They love me unconditionally. How can that alone not make me smile? I love walking in my front door to their excited, happy faces. The best is when it is still daylight and we can go out in the backyard and play.
So as life gets a little hectic just remember to take time out for you with your own personal stress relievers and most importantly, smile.