It’s been a very hectic few weeks (month?) in the life of Abbey Masters and let me tell you I do not do change well. I guess not many people do, but even if it’s a fun change I tend to get thrown into a whirlwind of emotion after said change happens. This time, though, I am going to be self aware! That was, after all, one of my goals of 2017.
So how exactly does being self aware that you’re going to flip out after going through a change work? Well, let me tell you, it doesn’t involve not feeling bad or stressed or like everything you thought was going well is now going wrong. Because you’ll probably still feel those feelings. It’s more about letting yourself vibe with the stress and then just let it roll off your shoulders because honestly, it doesn’t even matter. What?! The stress doesn’t matter?! The anxious person inside me is freakin’ out. But through the past few years I’ve realized to not let my stress set off other stress buttons in my body making the situation seem bigger than it appears. That’s key #1.
Key #2 is to take care of yourself and focus on the little things when the big thing seems too big to not worry about. I’ve been trying to avoid retail therapy because it seems that doesn’t actually bring you happiness (and actually brings me more anxiety because I am stingy AF). So I’ve been trying to do smaller, easier life things to ease the burden. Such as turning on a great show (cough stranger things cough) and eating a taco on my couch. Or taking a hot bubble bath. Making a cup of hot chocolate during an evening in. Re-lax, dudes!
Some other ways I’m planning on relaxing this holiday season:
- Gift Wrapping— I know you’re like what? But wrapping gifts is so fun for me because I get to be a little bit creative. See my video on gift wrapping for hipsters from a few years ago here.
- Taking walks in the brisk air. Here’s hoping Houston weather stays brisk this winter. But seriously taking walks is my BIGGEST stress reliever. Something about listening to music and taking in fresh air at a leisurely pace that gets me in a zen mood.
- Buying a new book— it’s no secret that I love to read. So going to a cute indie bookstore and picking up 1,000 books is a sure-fire way to ease any stress I’ve been holding on to. What are you reading this month? I’m almost all the way through The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
- Cooking/Baking— I mean this could backfire and be super stressful, ya know? But I’m hoping I can learn some more cooking skills this season and maybe take y’all on the journey with me. I’ve been dying to try more of Chrissy Teigen’s recipes from her cookbook, Cravings.
Okay, this was a random blog post. But I’m honestly curious— how do you plan on relaxing this holiday season? Face masks, exercise, wine with friends? Can I sign up for some of these activities?