How to De-Stress Throughout the Work Week

The questions I receive the most are always about how I juggle everything, including my full-time job, my blog and living with my boyfriend. It's a lot, but I'm learning to balance things by taking time throughout the week to do things that calm me down and make me happy.

So, to answer all of your questions, here are the ways I de-stress throughout the work week:

  1. Read. Some nights, instead of throwing on the TV or sitting down on my phone, I'll just get straight into bed and read. This is the best way to get ready for bed, but spending a few hours getting lost in a great book is the quickest way to de-stress.
  2. Go out for a mid-week date night or girls night. While I love coming home after a long day at work and just sitting at home, breaking up the work week with things I actually want to do after work is a fun way to de-stress after work and shake things up. My favorite are mid-week movies or a night out for dinner and drinks.
  3. Pour a glass of wine and listen to music. Both of these things are luxuries to me, so it's the best way for me to de-stress. Pour yourself a healthy glass of wine, turn on some music and just lay down listening to it. Don't be on your phone, just relax and listen to the music.
  4. Get organized! Sometimes, getting organized is the best way for me to de-stress (other times, I just want to do nothing, so pick and choose based on your mood). Cleaning and organizing is a great way for me to de-stress, and it calms me down to make a to-do list, clean out my closet or deep clean my apartment.
  5. Take a walk. Sometimes, just getting out of your house and getting fresh air calms me down. And, if I have something to vent about, I'll call my mom or a friend and just walk around the neighborhood. Talking it out can help de-stress.
  6. Cook a big meal you wouldn't otherwise cook. After work, a lot of times I just want to order in or make a quick meal. But once I pour a glass of wine, turn on music, put away my phone or computer and just start cooking a yummy meal.
  7. Take a deep breath. I try to do this before I walk in the door at night. If you're worked up about something or are stressed, take a few deep breaths before you walk in the door at night so you don't take out your frustration on someone else, unfairly. This helps me entire my "home" state of mind at night vs. work mood, and helps me de-stress.
  8. Get a diffuser and essential oils. I set up my diffuser with lavender oil in my bedroom each night, and now my brain is triggered to enter relaxation mode when I smell that scent. It immediately calms me down and gets me ready for bed.

What are your tips for de-stressing? Anything I missed? Let me know in the comments section!