18 Habits for a Stress-Free Life | Intentional Living + Self Care

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today's video is all about habits to

de-stress your life whether it's from

work or school or the clutter that we're

dealing with demands family life it's

really tough sometimes to achieve the

balance that we want and we may find

ourselves feeling stressed out I have

gone through different phases of life

that have been a lot more stressful and

from going through that it's really

taught me a lot of things that I can do

in actions that I can take to help me

live a much more simple and intentional

life without struggling from stress and

I want to share 18 of these strategies

with you today in the video I'm hopeful

you'll find a few new habits or ideas

that you can add into your daily life to

help you live much more simply and

stress-free the first habit to de-stress

is to clear the physical clutter in your

environment perhaps you've heard the

same cluttered space or cluttered

surface cluttered mind if we've got a

lot of physical clutter in our space it

can lead us to feel stressed out so if

there are any surfaces that you could

tidy up and keep clean it's going to

help ensure more peace of mind now if

you've got a lot of decluttering to do

it doesn't mean you have to rush into

decluttering every single thing but

start with some easier surfaces such as

a coffee table or kitchen table a

kitchen counter and focus on gradually

opening some of these spaces up so they

are clutter free and very peaceful to

look at

my second strategy to de-stress has been

so crucial to me since I first learned

about it back when I was working one of

my jobs in college and it's an essential

mindset and the mindset is if you're

dealing with something very stressful

but there's nothing that you can

actually do about it

imagine yourself putting it into a

bubble and blowing it away

it might seem sort of silly upfront but

if you really visualize yourself kind of

taking that problem taking that stress

putting it in a bubble and blown it away

the wind just carries it away and it's

not something that you need to deal with

it especially helps you realize that

after a certain point things are no

longer in your control so if there are

heavy things you're dealing with or

struggling with that are causing stress

this could be a good option habit number

three is practicing good hygiene now

this doesn't mean you have to indulge in

fancy spa products or have to

necessarily quote-unquote treat yourself

to be able to practice this self-care

but really having a mindful experience

while you're showering or taking a bath

well you're using your everyday products

just really prevent your mind from

racing ahead and try to be in the moment

as you practice this hygiene

habit number four is to read and likely

read an actual book our devices are

amazing and there's certainly a lot of

things that you can read on your device

but there's also a lot of other

distractors and things that can elevate

our stress levels but if we allow

ourselves to sit back with a actual book

and kind of take it slow and immerse

ourselves in the words on the page it

can help us feel a lot more calm as well

as could lead to a lot of enjoyment

depending on what you're reading related

to that strategy habit number five is to

unplug it's no secret many of us live

very digital lives or very connected

lives and while it doesn't have to be

anything drastic taking some moments to

unplug can really help

I often find myself spending more than

10 hours a day on my computer and that's

a lot of time spent plugged in so I make

sure I take mindful breaks where I am

not connected to any device and I am

just being in the moment and that can

help keep stress levels low

perhaps one activity you can do while

you're unplugged is number six which is

a brain dump if you ever feel like your

mind is just swirling with ideas and

you're struggling to keep track of

everything I love taking a chance to

just release anything that's on my mind

on paper it can very much be

stream-of-consciousness style you don't

need a fancy notebook or anything to do

this just any sort of paper even scratch

paper but the power of getting that all

out of your head and on to you know the

surface can be so helpful since I often

feel like I have so many ideas racing

around my head I find it helpful to keep

paper and a pen on my nightstand so if I

have these ideas and they're preventing

me from falling asleep I can write them

down and not worry about will I forget

this or what will happen if I don't take

action on this habit number seven to

help prevent stress is to nourish your

body and of course there's so many

different ways of eating and so many

different diets out there but finding

what feels genuinely good to you not

necessarily what feels the best to your

taste buds all the time but finding

foods that make you feel the best this

also includes liquid like making sure

you're drinking enough water

finding these sort of wholesome meals

and snacks are going to help you feel

much better and more in control than if

you were to have chips or sweets or

other more snacking foods which are

definitely delicious but are not going

to lead you to feel very good afterwards

habit number eight is to prepare slow

food certainly there are many benefits

to things like meal prep where you are

making large quantities of food in a

pretty quick manner and packing that up

so you don't have to cook later on and I

know cooking for some can be kind of a

chore but there's also something

incredibly therapeutic about the cooking

process whether it's chopping vegetables

or sauteing something the different

smells and aromas and the journey that

cooking a meal can take for me cooking

leads to a lot of enjoyment and really

thinking about the love and care and

time and effort that can go into every

step along the process of making a

really nice dish and then being able to

perhaps share it with others can be a

really fulfilling way to really be in

the moment and can also help reduce our

stress levels habit number nine is to

use sound or silence this one kind of

depends on your preference there's

definitely many different healing sounds

and beautiful sounds that can be calming

to listen to simple searches on YouTube

even can give you some suggestions such

as stress relieving music or calming

music but silence can also be a powerful

tool if we often find ourselves

listening to music or being around many

different sounds perhaps taking some

intentional time for quiet and not

needing to be you know entertained is a

way that we can really calm down

really focus on whatever it is that we

wish to habit number 10 is to get

outside nature is certainly vast and

powerful and I know anytime that I'm not

feeling great if I do spend some time

outside even if the weather is not great

and I can just go out for a few moments

it makes me feel so much better and it

also reminds me just kind of how small I

am and how small my problems or

stressors are in the big picture and I

just am in awe of the power of nature

and this world we live in and

remembering that does actually calm me

down as well as breathing in the fresh

air getting some Sun that can also help

us feel very calm and takes us out of

maybe the bubble that sometimes were

trapped in if it's a bubble if it's an

intense time at work or whatever else is

is happening habit number 11 is to

stretch or exercise exercise has so many

benefits and even if it's something

small there's some small way you can

move your body that's going to also help

you feel better

and you might even be able to combine

this with being outside hands down one

of my favorite things is to go for a

walk with my husband Jake and it's

simple it's definitely not the most

cardiovascular task I could be doing but

it feels good it's a way for us to

connect and we get to be outside

enjoying the day and it's something that

I really look forward to every day if

there's something you can do even if

it's just some simple stretches around

your space moving your body can again

help you relieve that stress and get out

of that funk that you might be in

strategy number 12 is to focus on a

big-picture perspective ask yourself

in the big scheme of things or when I'm

100 years old will this experience

actually matter does this task actually

matter in the big picture is this

something that's life or death when we

really question it from that big picture

mindset or that big picture mentality

many of our everyday stressors don't

actually matter

maybe we're concerned about meeting a

deadline maybe we're concerned about

something that is a short-term issue

most likely it will all work out

life will go on and we will move on or

will grow from these experiences and

we'll make it through sometimes just

knowing this can help us even thinking

about our own persistence how we've

accomplished so much already and if we

have accomplished so much already of

course we can face this challenge of

course we can accomplish this strategy

number thirteen is to practice positive

affirmations unfortunately sometimes our

self-talk can be pretty negative many of

us insult ourselves and do not speak

highly of ourselves to ourselves but

would you speak to another person the

same way you speak to yourself would you

tell them that they're ugly or that

they're worthless or they're not good

enough chances aren't you wouldn't

because you're not a terrible person so

why do you say those hurtful things to

yourself let's shift our self-talk into

much more positive statements you are

good enough you are beautiful you are

talented you are loved and lovable if we

remember these positive affirmations it

will also allow you to get through these

stressful situations even more habit

number 14 is to create art now there's

definitely many different types of art

and perhaps

the creation process can often be

stressful but if there are simple ways

that are mindless but also can be

mindful and very calming methods of art

that we can get a lot of enjoyment out

of without having to necessarily put too

much effort into the actual creation

process that can be very helpful in

relieving stress and actually to kind of

combine these last two strategies one of

my friends and fellow youtubers Stuart

Carter he runs the channel simply

mindfulness he actually put together a

really cool coloring book with some

life-affirming meditations for mindful

coloring and I do find that using these

and coloring in some of these different

affirmation images that he has is a

really powerful process and and actually

as soon as I discovered that he had made

this I asked him if he could make a

digital version since it was originally

just in print and he said he could I

will put the link below if you're

interested in checking it out but he was

so kind to also give a discount code if

you'd like to get two dollars off the

book itself but I find this to be a

really soothing process you don't have

to be talented at art or have fancy art

supplies to be able to get some of the

benefits of this habit number 15 to

reduce stress is to talk to people or

connect with others there is a Swedish

proverb that I really like that says

shared joy is double joy shared sorrow

is half a sorrow although sometimes we

might want to keep certain things to

ourselves sharing our struggles or our

victories with others can help us feel

better and really reduce the pain that

we're experiencing so many times we

think we might not be able to share

struggles with others but that can be

exactly what helps us feel a lot better

being vulnerable to share our situation

or our story with others I think you can

actually give us a lot of strength and

it helps you take power back over

whatever your struggle is


habit number sixteen to help reduce

stress can be to use sense such as with

a candle or essential oil I know

personally I do typically choose

essential oils I'm not as much of a

candle person but I think it's very

similar having a really calming or

relaxing scent such as using lavender or

eucalyptus for instance for essential

oils it can create a really healthy

atmosphere for you and your home and

make your home feel more like a refuge

habit number 17 is to say notice

something if possible or even cancel one

of your commitments it's very easy to be

in a culture where we say yes to too

much or we are worried that we're going

to upset someone else but if we don't

take care of ourselves and if we are

feeling the burden of that there's no

shame and saying you know what enough is

enough I can't do it and I'm going to

say yes to myself when we say yes to

something we say no to something else

when we say no to something we're saying

yes to something else maybe you're

saying no to that particular event or

gathering but you're saying yes to

taking care of yourself

or doing what you need to feel your best

and there's no shame in that and lastly

number eighteen is to remember what you

are grateful for in everyday life we can

be frustrated by little things but in

the midst of that pain and struggle if

we remember what we are grateful for it

immediately shifts our perspective it

helps us realize that maybe our

challenges in everyday struggles are not

really that big of a deal in the big

picture because how lucky are we to be

able to live where we do or have people

who care about us in our lives or to be

able to have a job that is meaningful

whatever the category is it will be

different for everyone but finding those

things that matter the most to you and

to remember no matter what else is going

on I'm so thankful that

and whatever it is that you're grateful

for some people might find it helpful to

jot these down maybe you keep track of a

couple every day but it really can

transform your perspective I hope these

18 habits and strategies will be helpful

for you to reduce stress over the

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