I love lists. I love making lists. I love thinking about making lists. I love the fact that they are handy and helpful.
One of the lists I keep with me all the time is a de-stress list. It’s there in all the bullet journals I’ve owned so far. You can call it a “self-care list” or a “happy things list”, too. Essentially, it’s a list of things that help me de-stress.
Why a De-stress list
Because I have a tendency to forget the most basic things that would help me calm down when I am stressed out. Stress, which then brings back my nemesis Mr. Migraine. Migraine headache once lays out its sleeping bag inside my head, it refuses to leave and accompanies me for a long time.
My mission is to keep the migraine away. Having a de-stress list, which immediately shows me all the things I love to do, is an instant happiness booster. And when my mind is happy, my head can easily stay out of the grasp of migraine.
The direct relationship between my stress levels and headache led to my de-stress list. Most often we wouldn’t know the reason for our discomfort, but it might very well be related to our stress levels.
What’s on my De-stress list
- write in my journal
- talk to a friend
- do my favorite activity – planning
- deep breath in
- rest, relax, recharge
- write a poem
- do something creative
- go for a walk
- have a cup of tea or coffee
- read or study
- clean up and organize an area
- digital organizing- photos, files, etc.
You might wonder why there are no pampering activities like skincare or salon visits on my list. That’s because skincare does not necessarily de-stress my mind. I have nothing against face masks and other skincare routines. But it isn’t an activity that I associate with stress relief.
However, cleaning up is definitely a stress buster for me. I love washing dishes after a good fight with my husband. Such a good activity for my soul!
Now tell me, do you have a de-stress list? And what’s on your list?