House hunting truly is a part-time job! My Dad once compared it to the second most stressful thing, next to having a baby (which I have also yet to experience). I'm not sure I agree with him just yet (it hasn't been THAT bad), but I can definitely understand why he would have said it. It's super time consuming and stressful!! Instead of having date nights or adventuring on weekends, we are having house hunting marathons and hopping from one address to the next, trying to fit in as many showings as possible in our free time.
1. Chill in a Bath
One of the items on my house wish list is for it to have a bath. I honestly don't know what I would do without one. Sitting in a tub of hot water, surrounded by fluffy and fragrant white bubbles while a candle burns beside me is my #1 favourite way to chill out. It's my 'me' time - when I don't have to talk to anyone - and I can completely forget about everything going on.
2. Do a Face Mask + Treat Stress-Related Blemishes
Every now and then I like to take some time to relax with a face mask - either in the bath or while lounging on the couch in my pyjamas. My absolute favourite is the Garnier Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask!! It feels so cool and hydrating.
I like to follow up my pamper session with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion to target specific spots on my skin. I know I'm not the only one that suffers from major breakouts during stressful times. When life gets chaotic, my brain feels too full, and I have too much going on at one time, I get THE WORST pimples. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is really great at shrinking these spots and helps to make them disappear quickly.
3. Cuddle Up With a Cuppa (of Hot Chocolate)
I didn't know this until a couple of weeks ago, but it's important to avoid caffeine when feeling run down. It is a stimulant and can actually increase stress levels rather than reduce them. Instead, I've been enjoying my healthy hot chocolate, which I shared on the blog just last week.
4. Read a Book
Diving into someone else's story is the best way to forget about what may be going on in your own.
5. Manage Time Better
House hunting is somewhat unpredictable. At any time I need to be prepared to go see a listing we like. I've had a hard time balancing work, blogging, house hunting and a sneaky secret project you'll soon find out about in the new year. In an attempt to make use of my time better, I'll write blog posts on the train while commuting to work and dedicate a day on the weekends to take as many photos as possible. Time management is something I still need to work on, but when done effectively it really helps alleviate stress.
6. Get Active!
As hard as it may be getting to the gym, the endorphins released after physical activity are 100% worth it!
7. Get Lots of ZZZs
Now this is something I haven't struggled with much in the past - I once thought I could sleep anywhere, at any time - but lately I'm awaken by dreams or nightmares (usually about different houses we've seen or certain house hunting situations). I've made a conscious effort to climb into bed early and turn off any distractions like the TV, my phone or my laptop.
I try remind myself that stressing is a waste of time, however, it's always easier said than done and unfortunately certain situations are bound to feel overwhelming. It's inevitable. But I've realized how important it is to recognize these feelings of stress, because there are ways to cope, and self care is what matters the most.
What are some ways you deal with stress?