Jul 15

AMPR knows… Simple ways to de-stress and re-charge

By Amelia Cox


We all live busy lives and sometimes it can get a bit too much. You know the feeling, when you just feel completely overwhelmed and your brain can’t stop thinking about all the things you need to get through.

Self-care and finding ways to manage stress vary for everyone and it’s all about finding out what works for you, however, below are a few ways that help me switch off or find more clarity to get me back on track.

 

Exercise

When I am stressed or overwhelmed, I often just want to get in my pj’s and into bed and call it a day (which can sometimes be completely warranted). However, every single time I have forced myself to do even just 20 minutes of exercise, I always have felt so much better afterwards and asked myself why I didn’t just do that sooner.

There is of course no one size that fits all when it comes to exercise. Sometimes I feel like running and sweating it out, and other times I feel like doing some light yoga or pilates. At the start of the year, I did the couch to 5K app that included three guided runs a week and, because it was structured, I found that I ensured I made the time (or forced myself) to do those runs. I also felt like I was working towards something and got better and better at running each week.

I also love the Deliciously Ella app that has a wellness hub which includes yoga, pilates, barre, strength, and mobility. The app is a steal at only $1.50 a month and has a range of different classes and instructors. Classes vary from 10 to 40 minutes, meaning there is always a suitable class if you feel you’re a little time poor.

 

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Write it out

I am not big into journaling and haven’t had a diary since primary school, but I do find that writing things down helps me better understand situations and outcomes. When you take the time to write down why you felt the way you did, it can help you implement changes to avoid a similar situation happening again in the future and make you realise that you cannot be in control of everything going on around you

I am also a huge advocate for a to-do list. Infact, I have two to-do lists: one digital one that is an overarching list of all tasks I need to keep on top of, both work and life related, and a written list. My written list just contains my top priorities that I need to get through on any given day. This helps me feel not as overwhelmed and helps to break down what is urgent and what can wait.

 

 

Escape to another world (via a good book)

I have always loved books, but always struggled to find the time or discipline to read them frequently. During lockdown last year I got back into reading, and I now aim to read one book a month. I find reading before bed really helps me switch off and is such a great distraction to allow my brain to just focus on the one thing, and not trail off into other thoughts.

A couple of books I recommend include Ghosts by Dolly Alderton, Honeybee by Craig Silvey, How To Fail by Elizabeth Day and I am currently reading Heart Sick by Jessie Stephens. I love following the Instagram account @twogirlsomebookshelf for recommendations.

With that said, I am also not opposed to a trashy TV show to switch off. A glass of red and the OC or Emily In Paris is also a great escape!

 

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Spend time with those around you

The moment you surround yourself with your friends and family, you instantly feel 100 times better. If you feel comfortable, speak up about why you’re feeling stressed and without a doubt, chatting it out will help you put things into perspective. Don’t ever feel like a burden speaking up, because I guarantee your friends and family will benefit from having an open conversation about it too.

 

Also, let’s not disregard pets here. I often drive to my mum’s house just to spend some good old quality time with my dog Jagger, who always manages to bring a smile to my face.

 

Cook a wholesome meal

I am by no means a good cook, but I find cooking a nice, healthy meal on the weekend really relaxing and I always make extra to have for lunch (to reduce stress about thinking what to cook during the week – win).

 

Again, I use the Deliciously Ella app which has over 200 plant-based recipes and is split into easy lunches, under 25 minutes, mains, sweets, etc which I find really helpful for when I am already at the supermarket and need some inspiration on the go.

 

 

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Do Not Disturb

I am a huge advocate for putting my phone on do not distrurb from 9.00pm each night. Unless I am on my phone or physically open my phone, I will not see any notifications or receive any calls.  I also ensure I put my phone on charge on the other side of the room when I am going to bed, because I know once I am in bed there is no way I am going to get up again. I do this mainly because I could spend hours mindlessly scrolling on my phone, but I find it’s just habit now to put it away and completely switch off and have a good sleep.

 

Go exploring in nature

One of my favourite places in the world is Anglesea, along the Great Ocean Road. I find the ocean so calming for the mind and I love going there in both summer and winter and exploring the local beaches in the surrounding towns. A few times a month I try to make the trip out of Melbourne to go explore somewhere new for the day or do an overnight stay at an Airbnb or Riparide (who have the best properties!) to really be able to switch off and relax. It’s crazy what a difference this can make!

 

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