I don’t know much about feng shui, but I do know that people’s physical environments have a huge impact on their mental states. There’s a whole branch of psychology, known as environmental psychology, that’s dedicated to the study of how people’s physical surroundings influence their psyche. So I’m gonna channel my inner mom and tell you to GO CLEAN YOUR ROOM (or office, or desk, or car)! Since September seems like the time to restart, it’s the perfect excuse to purge the mess! When you feel like you have a grip on your surroundings, you’ll feel much more in control of your entire life (even if it’s in shambles….I kid, I kid!) So declutter, destress, and be your best!
2. Run outside
By the end of September, the most magical thing happens: the air gets just a tad crisper, the leaves start changing color, and it officially becomes the BEST season for running outside! We all know that working out is a fantastic stress reliever. In past blog posts I’ve gone into the magic of endorphins, and the other good stuff that happens in your brain when you work out, so if you haven’t taken my word for it yet, now’s the time to try it out! If you get a little squeamish about people watching you while you work out at the gym, running outside in a quieter part of town is the perfect solution. The fall scenery alone is enough of an excuse to go! Feel free to go at your own pace, and jam along to that workout playlist as much as you want ;)
3. Stress bake
Alright, this is definitely a personal suggestion… I don’t think there’s any proven scientific data that makes baking a great stress reliever, but I think that sometimes we need to accomplish a simple task and reset our minds a little bit so that we don’t get caught up and stressed out about the little things. What better way to do that than baking? Not only do you get the cathartic relief of baking, but you get a treat when you’re all done! If you’re looking for a good recipe to try, check out my delicious peanut butter cookie recipe, or this seasonal apple pie recipe!
4. Candy Crush
For those of you who despise the game, just move on to # 5! :)
I’ll admit it, this one really has nothing to do with the month of September, but since I’ve recently become addicted, I had to throw it on this list. I never believed the hype about Candy Crush, but I cannot tell you how many times in the past month I’ve whipped it out when I was feeling stressed, played a few rounds, and walked away feeling ten times more relaxed. There’s just something so soothing about watching those candies explode… it’s as if all of your worries and stress are exploding and disintegrating at the same time! Just don’t get too addicted and start neglecting all of your responsibilities…
5. Aromatherapy and mood lighting
As I mentioned earlier, people’s environments have a huge impact on their stress levels. Decluttering is definitely the first step in destressing, but once you’ve got that down, you can take more proactive steps to blissful relaxation. My go-to? Aromatherapy and mood lighting. When I’ve had a stressful day, there is nothing better than coming home, lighting one of the many seasonal candles from Bath & Body Works, turning on the Christmas lights that occupy my walls, and zen-ing out. I’d highly recommend Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow or Flannel to kick off the beginning of fall!
Don’t you feel better already? Finding your way of coping with stress will be a life-long gift to yourself, so as we head full throttle into fall, keep these tips in mind and get back on your grind!