10 WAYS TO TACKLE STRESS!

Hi everyone!

I am a bit of a stress-head at times. I stressed over a lot of things - big or small, relevant or irrelevant. I.e: Boys. Assessments. What I should wear tomorrow? Work. My future. If I can afford that Zac Posen gown? The list goes on and on. Bottom-line is, we all deal with some levels of stress in our lives. A little bit of stress is good to help us get our shiz done but too much stress is not very good for us. I thought that I would share some of my tips on reducing stress and hopefully some of these methods will help you out. 
If not? Maybe you should take a chill pill...

1. Give yourself some TLC 

Whatever it is that is stressing you out, it can wait. Give yourself a little break and have some 'You' time. Do something that makes you happy. For me, I like to listen to music and draw my little heart out or I like to watch some YouTube videos. I particularly love watching the SacconeJolys' vlogs. They ALWAYS put a smile on my face afterwards. Allow yourself to do something you love, so then you can tackle the problem fresh minded and less stressed.  
2. Make lists

There is something about making a list and crossing each point off as you go that's so satisfying. When you feel overwhelmed with everything that need to be done, it's a good idea to write down a list. Even writing down your thoughts and worries can help make your brain less cluttered and you can go back and solve the problem accordingly. Writing a list will help you feel that you've done something.

3. Prioritise 

Going to that 18th birthday party can wait. Organise your schedule well and not let work pile up will reduce stress. Doing assignments last minute can really stress you out and make you go bananas. Don't worry, I've been there. Do the bigger tasks first and get it out of the way, then you can easily get all the smaller tasks done without any trouble. 

4. Drink green tea

Yes, I'm looking at you. Is that your fourth cup of coffee today? Tsk tsk.. Try to limit your caffeine intake. Too much caffeine from coffee or energy drinks can increase your blood pressure and definitely doesn't help with stress. Instead, try to drink green tea. Green tea is very beneficial for your health and it contains theanine, an amino acid that has a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system. Yay to green tea!

5. Stop the 'P' word

Yup. Procrastination. Don't lie, we all do it. I'm definitely very guilty of that. Work first, play later. Leave all of your electronic devices in another room or switch them off. What I like to do is, every time I get a task done. I'll allow myself to go on my social medias for 10 mins, then back to work. Little incentives like that will help you get your work done.

6.  LOL

Little things like laughter, can bring us the most joy. Laughing releases endorphins that improve our mood and decreases stress levels. Find the funny side of the situation or again, look up funny videos on YouTube. I personally love the Taylor Swift and the turtle cameo video. Crack me up every time. So, laugh it out! 

7. Don't be afraid to say 'NO'!

Say no now, so you can say yes more later. Don't feel guilty for saying 'no' to something. You can only have so much on your plate, and adding more will just overwhelm you. Know your limits and priorities and stick to them.

8. Listen to Elsa, literally let it GO!

"Let it gooo, let it gooo!" Forgive but never forget. Don't hold onto grudges. Find what's important and let go of the rest, because they don't matter. Negative people? Let them go! If you can't change something, accept it and let it go. You'll feel better. Promise. ☺

9.  Read motivational quotes 

My personal favourite method of all. Reading motivational quotes or even watching motivational videos really kick my butt into gear and make me snap out of my daydream. Reading motivational quotes really inspires me to WANT to get things done.

10. Positive affirmations 

When we are stressed, we tend to automatically think of the worst and we tend to talk negatively. Talk yourself through it in a positive way. Ask yourself why you're stressed and what you can do about it. Tell yourself that everything is going to be alright and you got this. No negative self talk allowed!
What is your number 1 method on combating stress? 


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  1. This is such an inspiring post! I let stress get me down so much - making lists definitely helps me but I really need to let go of the grudges! Great tips :) xx

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    1. Yay, so happy that these tips helps!! I used to have a hard time letting go of grudges- but ever since I learnt to let go and focus on things that mattered most to me, I've become so much happier!! :)
      ♥Natalie

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  2. This is a great post Natalie!! I stress out about everything, big or small too! I really try hard not to and I just try to distract myself with other things- like what's going on in the moment instead of worrying about tomorrow or things I have no control over! Also reading a book helps to me too!

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    1. Thanks, Ash!! Yeah, no point worrying about things we can't control but to accept it. I've been getting into reading lately and definitely helps take my mind off things. :)
      ♥Natalie

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  3. I really needed this post right now! so thank you so much! I've always been a massive worrier ever since I can remeber and I get so stressed sometimes, I love all your tips! I might just give myself some TLC today :) x x

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    1. Aw I'm so glad that I've written this post. You're so welcome, lovely! Go give yourself some TLC, you definitely deserve it! :)
      ♥Natalie

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  4. Totally true about learning to say "NO!!!!" Obviously, not in a mean way. But it's key to save time for ourselves. If we don't enjoy our quality of life, how can we better anybody elses? :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

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    1. Exactly right, Carmen! :)
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  5. Such a great post! There are some great tips in there! ;)
    xx

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    1. Thanks heaps, Jas!! :)
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  6. Great tips! I think sometimes people feel being stressed is a badge of honour, but the only person who deals with the aftermath is you. Better to be in control of stuff and try to limit the effect stress can have! The best way I find to destress is to exercise, especially running or yoga!

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    1. Couldn't agree with you more! Exercising is a good tip, which I need to do more of haha.
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  7. Great tips! Often I find that something I'm stressing over is so small and insignificant, it's really just a matter of perspective. I love making lists, it makes me feel more productive when I know what I have to do, and especially when I check/cross something out!

    becky ♡ star violet

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    1. Thank you, Becky! Making lists are super helpful for sure. :)
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  8. LET IT GOOO! Hahaha :) I definitely need to stop procrastinating... and I love lists! Too bad I never stick to them xD

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    1. Hehehe you and me both girl!! Need to stop that 'P' word but there are so many temptations...ahh the struggles. :P
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  9. Lovely post with a really important message! I always take time out for me-time and have a pamper session to relax :)

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    1. Thanks, Karen! A pamper sesh works a treat to destress me too. :)
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    1. Thanks heaps, Paola! :)
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  11. Such a great post you have really great tips :)

    Serene xoxo

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  12. Really great post and much needed tips! <3 xx

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  13. Great tips, especially about the green tea I find this always helps too! I always like to take a nice hot bath and relax with a few nice smelling Lush products. That usually works :) x

    Always, Alice x

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    1. I love me some green tea haha. Oooh Lush is dah bomb, their stuff smells incredible. :)
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  14. Lovely post, thanks for sharing! <3

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  15. Thank you for sharing these awesome tips!

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  16. What an awesome post enjoyed reading it.
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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it, hope the tips helps. :)
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  17. Very ineteresting post, specilly I like the tip about green tea, I always drink it, maybe its why I am not a stressed girl :)
    You have a very nice blog and I will be happy if we follow each other?
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  18. These are such great tips! I definitely think that laughing is such a great way to destress :)

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  19. Ok, all these tips were spot ON. I kind of want to print this post out and tape it onto my wall- I feel like it'd cut back on a lot of panicked moments. My favorite one is the list one. I always feel like I have a tangible list (one where I can cross stuff off) my life takes on a more balanced view. The thing I suck at, though, is prioritizing! I have an instinct to ignore the high alert tasks and just do the ones I like, haha. I need to work on that :/

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  20. This si really a great post!

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  21. gorgeous blog :)
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  22. Great post and tips! I definitely am a list maker - I am all about instant gratification, and if I can see myself ticking off items on a list, it is a major motivator! And, of course, all of us Asian girls love our green tea! The best, and cures all things! You WILL get that Zac Posen gown girl!!!

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  23. Gorgeous post! sometimes everyone just needs a reminder of these simple tips to calm them down - i did a similar post on this topic recently :) xx

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  24. Lovely post. I love drinking green tea.

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  25. I drink green tea a lot :D
    Awesome post.

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