5 Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

Hi everyone! I’m gonna be straightforward and just say it – I’ve been extremely stressed out this last week. The New Year brought some major changes at work; I now have more responsibilities and less downtime at work. My face was clear but started breaking out after my period ended. I’ve been getting about five hours of sleep every night. I would need two cups of coffee before lunchtime. Then I’d come home from work and nap… for extended hours, which is what kept me up at night and continued the cycle of sleep deprivation. Halfway into the week, I finally accepted the fact that I was burnt out and decided to manage stress in a healthy way. So if you’re like me and you need to chill out, here are some healthy ways to manage stress.

5 Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

5 Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

Sleep it Off

5 Ways to Manage Stress // Sleep it Off

One of the best ways to manage stress is to sleep it off. If you’re sleepy and can’t make it through the day, it’s best to take a quick power nap, no longer than 30 minutes. That way, you can still sleep at night. And don’t forget, it’s ideal to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night! My iPhone allows me to set a bedtime, which notifies me when I should be getting ready for bed. You can tell by my personal data that I haven’t been getting the best sleep this last week. But it has definitely helped me get to bed around the same time every night.

Eat Better and Stay Hydrated

5 Ways to Manage Stress // Eat Better & Stay Hydrated

This one is probably a no-brainer but we’re all human with some bad habits. One of my bad habits is stress eating. And when I’m stressed, I reach for chips, candy, and soda. But when you put crap into your body, you feel like crap. I always remind myself this – you really are what you eat. So stay mindful of what you consume. And don’t forget to stay hydrated! Caffeine can dehydrate you. For every cup of coffee I drink, I try to offset it with a glass of water. This also helps with my jitters!

Work it Out!

5 Healthy Ways to Manage Stress // Work it Out
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Working out is my favorite way to manage stress. I usually go to the gym or do yoga. After a workout session, I always feel more awake, more cheerful, and less stressed. Like Elle Woods said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.”

Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

5 Healthy Ways to Manage Stress // Practice Mindfulness and Meditation
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To help manage my stress, I’ve been trying to practice mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness is just being aware of your emotions and accepting things for the way they are. If you can’t let it go, let it be. Meditation focuses more on breathing, with each inhale and exhale. These two methods really help me relax and calm my nerves.

Keep a Journal (or a Blog!)

5 Healthy Ways to Manage Stress // Keep a Journal (or a Blog)

If you’re not into working out or meditating, you can always try keeping a journal… or a blog! Writing things down can also help you manage stress. Now that I have this blog, I don’t journal like I used to. But when I did, I would write out whatever came to mind, what I did that day, what was bothering me. It really helped me learn to understand and cope with my emotions better. Journaling also helped me learn how to manage my stress.

How do you manage stress? Let me know in the comments!

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Valerie Nguyen

Valerie. 26. California girl with insatiable wanderlust. BS in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health. Bookkeeper by day, fangirl by night. Shameless foodie and retail therapist.

15 thoughts on “5 Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

      1. It will take some getting use to 🙂 🙂 You could try to meditate for 5 mins while listening to nature music, like a waterfall or rain. You can find music on YouTube to listen to. Just start off with a time that you feel comfortable with, and extend the time as you get better ❤ ❤

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  1. Nice post! Recently I have a lot of stress ( too. And really I manage my stress by writting something in my blog :), or reading and commenting interesting posts :). And one more way to eliminate stress for me is walking and taking photos.

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