Stress Relief on the Cheap

You may have noticed I didn’t post too much last month. The truth is I had big plans to record some audio blogs (not podcasts!) and to post three times a week consistently. I was feeling GOOD.

And then real life happened. I had to travel for work a little bit. I got slammed with a huge project that had a tight deadline. And then I just… burnt out.

Things are a little easier right now. I’m not side-hustling as much. I’m spending some time re-orienting myself to my career and organizational goals. I’m getting things back on track.

In that vein, I thought I might post about some of my favorite, inexpensive ways to destress without breaking the bank.

Get Organized

The first thing I do when I feel frazzled and like things are spinning out of control is re-read my own personal productivity bible – Getting Things Done by David Allen. His calm demeanor and his “you can do this” tone really help me get my head on straight. 

The book is short, so it doesn’t take much time to get through. But it’s such a good reminder of how to process all your daily inputs.

As an aside, if you’re a GTD follower like me, you might like Trello. I haven’t used many To Do List apps in my time, trusting in my fool-proof planner system, but I was recently turned on to Trello and I am loving it so far.

Try to Clear My Mind

Usually this involves one of two things –  a good book or a good video game. Both of these things really help me unwind.

If you like fantasy with a romantic twist – you might try the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. I’m really digging it right now.

Other fun books I’ve enjoyed lately have been Lock In by John Scalzi and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Get a Little Pampering

I love pedicures. They feel so indulgent to me for some reason. And they’re usually not too expensive. I’ll bring a trashy magazine with me and my ‘Nsync Pandora Radio Station and just zone out for a little while. It’s the best.

The other thing I love to do is even cheaper. I’ll pick up a fancy bath bomb at lush, get another gossipy magazine, and pull out the bathtub pillow for a nice long soak. Ahhh…. so good!

Go for a Walk

Yeah yeah… every frugal person ever tells you to go for a walk as a treat to yourself. But… that’s because it works. Right now, we’re finally busting out of the winter doldrums and sometimes a little vitamin D, a leashed up doggo and a good audiobook can help you snap out of whatever funk your in. I picked up a couple Outlander books on Audible and they’re great for two reasons – they’re super long so you get the most bang for your buck – and they’re not too serious. Romantic fantasy. I have a type when it comes to books!

Spend Time with Your Loved Ones

I know things are bad for me when I snap at my husband. He and I rarely fight, but sometimes when I’m stressed out I take it out on him. And I know that’s not fair. Especially, when he’s the best at helping me de-stress. He offers advice when I need it, listens when I just need an ear, and is always there for me. This past week we snuggled up on the couch and watched a Netflix documentary and it was absolutely perfect. <3

What do you do when you need to de-stress? Any tried and true tricks? You’ll notice I didn’t add alcohol to this list, but there is nothing like a good glass of scotch at the end of a long week to help me relax. It’s not a cheap habit, though, so that’s why it’s not listed here!

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