3 Unique Activities That Help Relieve Stress

We all get stressed. Some of use resort to exercise, yoga, meditation, house cleaning, punching things...hopefully those things are bags and not people. Regardless, there are hundreds of ways to relieve stress. 

The ones I just named are probably the most common and surely you've heard before that they help to relieve stress. If you're anything like me doing things again and again bores you. I love a good workout, but I workout to stay active and healthy, not to relieve my stress. 

Here are three unique options I turn to when I'm feeling a little stressed out. 

3 Activities To Relieve Stress

Pottery Painting

Whether you're creative or not pottery paining can be a lot of fun and relaxing. Find a studio near you, pick out the piece you like and paint away. Don't worry if you aren't creative, you hop on your phone for ideas on how to decorate your piece. Working with your hands and having the freedom to create anything you want is so soothing and before you know it your worries and stress will be left at the door. Just be sure not to pick it back up on your way out. 

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Eating

I'm not talking about stress eating. Ignore the sugary, high in fat foods that you always want to gravitate towards when you're stressed. Instead, opt for foods like walnuts, avocados, berries, dark chocolate, oranges or oatmeal. All contain antioxidants or nutrients that help to relieve stress, raise serotonin levels and calm our nerves. Who knew! Snacking on these healthier options will not only perk you right up, but they'll keep you from feeling that crash you get after eating the stress foods you normally go after. 

YouTube

Laughing can be one of the best ways to relieve stress. YouTube is home to some of the funniest things I've ever seen. Stupid at times yes, but sometimes you just need to laugh at something totally dumb. If you can't admit to finding a cat blooper video funny then you have no humor. Here are a few of my favorite laughable videos to help jump-start the stress reducing process. 

Kittens Inspired By Kittens - I could watch this over and over and over...oh wait. I already do. 

#VacationFail - Basically anything related to Jimmy Fallon makes me laugh but the Hashtag series cracks me up. 

 

 

 

Music Monday: Girls Night Out + Beautiful Ruins Review

I feel like this upcoming weekend has just been hanging over me and teasing me for the last 6 months. My best fried's bridal shower and bachelorette party are this weekend and I've been planning since April. Every detail is finalized, party favors ready to go and all I need to do is pack and wait for 6:55pm Friday to get here and I'll be on my way to St. Louis. 

Miriah and I are complete opposites on nearly everything. She's a barrel racing Midwestern girl through and through. Loves her country music, horses and cowboy boots. I on the other hand love a good beat, wedges and a Target within 5 minutes of me. They say opposites attract though, and Miriah and I have definitely found a match made in heaven within each other. 

So, when I went to create a playlist on Spotify for our #BrideTheBull weekend, I had to remember not to only add the songs I love, but also add in some country favorites. After all, the theme of the weekend is country, hence the hashtag. Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter. 

"Here For The Party" - Gretchen Wilson

"Lady Marmalade" - Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink

"Only Prettier" - Miranda Lambert

"Boys, Boys, Boys" - Lady Gaga

"Blue Jeans" - Jessie James

"Partition" - Beyonce

"Hell On Heels" - Pistol Annies

"Buttons" - Pussycat Dolls

"Somethin' Bad" - Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

"Turn Down For What" - DJ Snake, Lil John

"Wanted" - Jessie James

"Wiggle" - Jason Derulo, Snoop Dogg

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I did a little exploring over the weekend. I'll have more on that later this week. I also finished Beautiful Ruins. I picked it up about a month ago when Miriah was visiting. It's since been on a lot of 'Must Read' lists that I've seen floating around, but honestly I picked it because of the cover photo. 

Last summer I went to Italy for two weeks and we went to Cinque Terre. The cover photo is one of the five fishing villages that lines the Ligurian Sea. It was such a gorgeous area, so I knew I had to get the book simply for its cover. It turns out, the book is just as amazing as the cover. If you love a story with intertwining characters and stories then I highly recommend it. It made me wish I was back in Italy, sipping wine and taking in the smell of the sea. 

Now, I'm onto reading #GirlBoss. Then again, who isn't right now? It's a shorter one so I'm sure I'll have it finished before my flight on Friday. Any suggestions on good reads?

 

 

10 Things I Thought I'd Have By 25

I recently had a conversation with someone about where we were in life compared to where we thought we'd be. We both turn 25 in December and as I reach the completion of the first quarter of our life, (yes, I fully plan to be alive at 100) it's interesting to look back and see where I am in this moment, compared to where I thought I'd be. 

It's sort of funny, because as I was scrolling through my news feed the other day, I came across this post from Hello Giggles. It's strangely similar to the conversation I had recently, so I thought I'd share my 10 things. 

  1. I thought I'd be married. To clarify, (in case my boyfriend is reading this) there was a time many years ago that I thought by 25 I'd be married. I no longer feel that I should be. My parents were married young, my grandparents married young, so it only made sense that I too get married young. I am not opposed to people getting married before that, but for me personally, the period after graduating college has been instrumental in me growing individually as a person. I truly believe, that again, for me, it has been the time I've learned the most about myself and I don't think I'm quite done learning. 

  2. I thought I'd be working for FleishmanHillard. In college, when I finally decided what I wanted to pursue as a career, working for an agency was my dream. I used to spend hours researching agencies all across the country and FleishmanHillard easily became my top choice to work. Alas, that didn't happen. Instead, I landed a job doing marketing for a natural gas company. While there's not the same type of glamour as there is at an agency, it's been a great fit for me and I'm glad I started out on the corporate side of life rather than an agency. 

  3. I thought I'd be a mom. My mom was 23 when she had me. Had I been the same age I'd almost have a 2 year old and imagining that now makes me laugh. Me. A mom. At 25. No way. No offense to the young moms out there, but I'm glad I'm not a mom right now. I'm too selfish, indecisive and my priorities would definitely not be on a child. I think being able to admit that doesn't make me immature, but rather makes me mature enough to know that I'm not ready to be a parent that that's totally okay!

  4. I thought I'd be living in Texas. You can ask anyone I went to college with and they'd tell you that ultimately I wanted to move back to Texas. While a very tiny part of me would love to move back to Dallas, I think the Texas chapter of my life has closed. I'll probably never live there again and although I loved my childhood and growing up there, I'd rather open another chapter in a new place. Honestly, I never thought that chapter would be in Denver, but here I am. Texas will always be where I grew up and a home to me.

  5. I thought I'd travel more. One of my biggest regrets in college is not studying abroad. I wish I would have saved the moved and worked to be able to travel and study in all sorts of countries but the cost made me say it wasn't worth it. Now I find myself wishing I would have. I may not have been able to travel then, but I'm making a more conscious effort now to travel more, even if it's only within the US for now. 

  6. I thought I'd be finished with school. I had no desire to get a masters when I was in college. None. And then I entered the real world and realized that everyone has one. Maybe not everyone, but everyone who has the jobs I want does. So, here I am; registered, textbooks ordered, ready to start earning my MBA on Monday. It'll take me several years to finish, but I'm going for it and that's what counts. 

  7. I thought I'd be rich. I am very lucky to not any student loans, car loans, home loans or any major sort of debt. However, I'm by no means rich. Why I thought I'd have millions saved away by the age of 25 I'm not sure, because most 25 year olds that I know are paying off debt, making in the same range as I am and eating chips, salsa and wine for dinner. At least we're not alone in this. 

  8. I thought I'd be a Certified Personal Trainer. I have been working on this since my Senior year of college. It really just boils down to me sitting down and making the time to study and really telling myself that I want this. While I have no desire to make a career out of it, I'd love to be able to help people find a healthier lifestyle and actually be able to be certified in what I'm sharing with them. 

  9. I thought be able to eat whatever I want. Everyone warned me that someday this wouldn't be the case. That day has come. This is probably the most upsetting of realities. The older you get the more conscious you have to be of what you eat. My last Dr's appointment they told me I had high cholesterol; although I'm pretty sure the Mexican I ate the night before my blood work may have skewed that data, if it is true it goes to show that just because you think you're healthy, doesn't mean that you are. 

  10. I thought I'd have a pet. I'm still working on this one. While it won't be while I'm living in an apartment, I'm hoping that there is a Corgi named Bandit in my near future. We'll be best friends. 

I realize that those of you older than 25 may read this and think "Ha! 25, please! You have your whole life ahead of you." While I may, try to remember that you were 25 once too and that you had dreams, goals and expectations of where your life would be at that point. 

I'm not upset that my life isn't where I thought it'd be, because where I am now might be even better than what I imagined. I'm very lucky and while there are some things that I wouldn't mind if they changed, I'll continue to work towards my future goals and see where the next 5 years takes me. 

Where did you imagine you'd be at your current age?