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The lazy girl's guide to managing stress

January 24, 2014

Stress. I have yet to find a way to avoid it and doubt anyone can. Finding a way to cope with and manage stress is a necessary part of life. Whenever I read articles about how to deal with stress they always talk about exercising, eating healthy, and doing all things generally good for you. With the exception of my 2005-2007 stint of twice a week yoga classes, my record with exercising is inconsistent at best. I have accumulated various stress relieving techniques over the years that are more of a fit to my lazier lifestyle.

1. Bravo is your friend. 

Nothing beats coming home from a stress filled day of work and watching my favorite trashy reality shows. When I'm having a rough day I like getting comfy on the couch and escaping with some bad television. T likes to tease me about what he calls my shows and doesn't understand why I enjoy watching them. What can say? I feel like those shows require no real thinking and serve as temporary escape from whatever I'm currently dealing.

2. Stress eating is real.

This week has been a hectic week for everyone at work. I noticed a lot of my co-workers stress eating throughout the day. I'm guilty of this myself. I notice that I tend to crave sweets or comfort foods in times where I'm overwhelmed. I always keep emergency chocolate in my office for those moments. So while it may not be the health conscious thing to do, treat yourself to something you like to eat when you feel stressed out. Snack on.

3. Sing your heart out.

Music has always served as a type of therapy in my life. Jamming out to a good song while driving home from work is an easy way to destress for me. Today I had my own car dance party to Britney Spears on my commute home and loved it. I found myself feeling more relaxed before pulling into my driveway.

4. Walking the dog.

This one is win for Kavalier who loves walks and anything having to do with going outside. It really helps me collect my thoughts when I'm out for walk with Kav. The fact that he is forever happy to spend time with me is also an added bonus.

What are some of the ways you deal with stress?


  1. agree that some bad tv can make me feel better! and playing with my dogs is always a good stress reliever too since they always make me laugh.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  2. Zoning out in front of the TV in sweats under a cozy blanket. I do tend to turn to chocolate too. I just try not to eat too much. There are a lot of changes coming up from you and that can really do it!