28 September 2014

Cool, Calm, Collected

Hello darlings! Another day, another post. (Surprised? Back to back post, something new!!) Anyways, I wanted to take a break from studying and make this post. On yesterday's post about updates and how school is so stressful for me right now, I thought I could make another post on how you can de-stress yourself!

Keeping calm and relaxing is fundamental to help balance your life out with the good and the bad. The yin and the yang. There are so many ways that I have learned over the past few years that helps me relax. Everyone is different, and so my ways may be different than yours. But here is how I stay cool, calm, and collected:

1. Yoga/Exercising
I started doing yoga about a little over  a year ago, and I think the practice of yoga really helps you stay centered. It gives you a type of mindset that is really indescribable. It allows you to notice the little things around you and to appreciate those little things. It allows you connect to the Earth and what it has to offer. It can also help you gain flexibility and the ability to retain it. Last but certainly not least, not only does it relieves stress from your life, it reminds you to appreciate and practice kindness to yourself and your body. The deep breathing that you have to constantly do during a yoga session helps keep you grounded as well, which has probably helped me the most. Deep breathing reminds myself that everything is alright and that we're all human. My favorite yoga pose will probably have to be child's pose and the downward facing dog, and I'm just starting to learn how to do the Bakasana (which is so exciting for me!). 

Free People doing it right--
And if yoga is a little bit to slow paced for you, try exercising! Likewise, both will help keep your mind off of things. Plus, with exercising, it's a win-win situation... you can get fit and stay mentally calm! When you exercise, your body burns off stress chemicals and heals your mind of all the stress locked up in your body. 


2. Anything art related, really... (Drawing/Painting/Gardening)

As a child, I have always been creative and artistic. I would draw and paint whenever I had the free time. My brother was also very artistic, and he drew so well. I would always aspire and dream to draw as good as him one day. My mother has taken up to gardening for the past few years, and it has only been recently that I started gardening with her. She would arrange these huge pots with a varying succulents. When she would finish, it was be so stunning and beautiful. Just like an art piece,  so yes, I do consider gardening an art. 



Being into art, it kind of gave me a way to release my mind and to just not think about anything that's going on in my life. The only thing I would be focusing on is on whatever I'm working on, or on the music that I blast while I work. 

3. Reading/ Netflix

I know some people don't read, but it's honestly the best thing when you are in your comfiest clothing, candles are burning and their aroma just surrounding your room, the only lights you have on are your lamps, and you're snuggled in bed with the most interesting book. And if you don't like to read period... well substitute a book for the heavenliest thing ever invented, Netflix. Both are just so relaxing and the best way to stay in on a Friday night. 

~I emphasize on the most interesting book because I think that the only way that I could actually read for hours on end is when I have a good book to read. Is that just me? If it's a book I am supposed to read for school, or if it's just plain boring, I would fall asleep after like the first two paragraph.... 



4. Sleeping

Now, I don't know about you, but whenever things get too much to handle and I'm on the verge of having a mental breakdown, I just go take a nap... Weird, I know... but the problem to me being so stressful sometimes is that I don't get enough sleep. I usually sleep at around 12-2am and have to wake up around 7. A normal teenager is supposed to have around 8 hours of sleep in order to fully function the next day. And sometimes sleep is probably all you need in order to stay collected.


Those things that I have just listed all help me to de-stress my life and keep me grounded. We're all human here, and we are all different and we all have different ways as to what keeps us collected. My ways are what worked for me, and hopefully they'll work for you guys as well. I hope you guys liked this post and thought it was a bit helpful (hopefully?). Have a stress-free rest of your Sunday and happy blogging, loves! xo, Vanessa. 

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