Ever find yourself scrolling through the Amazon daily deals when stressed out? Or maybe that Zulilly ad caught your eye and before you knew it, you were checking out a full shopping cart?
Shopping is such a tempting stress reliever!
The problem is, the relief is extremely temporary. And of course, too much shopping creates it own problems (like clutter!).
Instead of turning to shopping, try out these 8 ways to de-stress when you’re feeling frazzled.
1. Go for a walk.
A short break in the fresh air does wonders toward helping you relax and unwind. It’s a more gradual stress reliever but the effects are much more soothing and it won’t leave you with a shopping high and the crash that seems to follow.
2. Phone a friend.
Remember that show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? My favorite part of that show was the Phone a Friend lifeline. A good friend is priceless! Use that lifeline when you need it!
3. Coloring books for adults
Coloring books aren’t quite as popular as they were a year ago but they’re still just as relaxing. I feel like coloring books allow you to be creative without too much pressure.
All you have to do is fill in the lines!
Journaling has a two-sided benefit. It can help you relax and unwind AND you can explore challenges or frustrations you’re experiencing. You may be able to notice patterns or uncover solutions to problems when you write them down that you wouldn’t otherwise discover.
5. Listen to music.
So. Incredibly. Relaxing.
Pick the right music for your mood. Do you want to relax? Pick something mellow. Maybe you want to recharge? How about something more upbeat?
You can use Spotify or Youtube to find music for different moods. Or just put on some old favorites and enjoy.
6. How about a chick flick?
Sometimes a good old-fashioned movie is just the ticket. And if you cry a little, we won’t tell.
7. Enjoy a few minutes with your favorite hobby.
Even if you’re too busy to go all-in, how can you spend some time indulging in your favorite hobby (shopping excluded!). For instance, if you’re a gardener, take a short drive and appreciate your neighbors’ yards. Stop and compliment them. If you’re a quilter, pull out your favorite quilt and find a new place to display it. If you’re a crafter, challenge yourself to a 15 minute project with supplies you already have.
Exercise may not be the thing you first think of when you’re stressed but it does have proven scientific benefits. Harvard University reports that exercise “has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax,” [source].
This doesn’t mean you have to become a marathon runner. Even a brisk 20 minute walk can be a big help against stress.
BONUS idea: Stop and wait!
Yep – just wait about 10 minutes. Often the urge to shop will pass. Crazy, right?
If you find that shopping due to stress (I call it “overshopping”) is a struggle for you, you’ll love my training, Stop Overshopping.