Why Don't You

Raise your hand if you've been stressed in the last month. Keep it raised if you've been stressed at some point today. Keep it up if you stress out thinking about the weeks ahead. Keep it up if you're stressed out right now and reading this blog post is making you stress even harder because either a) you should be doing something else, b) I won't stop saying the word "stress," or c) both.

I know, you guys. Me too. I can't make your to do list any shorter, your gift wrapping pile any smaller, or your flight home for the holidays any cheaper. But if you want to stress a little less right this minute, why don't you...
  • Pick a song and just move your body through the whole duration of it. Dance, move through a sun salutation, stretch, lift weights, do pushups and crunches, find whatever movement feels good and just do it.
  • Wear red lipstick.
  • Create a playlist that reminds you of your favorite day, experience, year, night out...
  • Give your office or apartment a good dusting and then light a fresh candle.
  • Close the door, sit on the floor, and close your eyes. Straighten your spine and empty your lungs. Take a long breath down into your belly, inhaling through the nose. Hold. Exhale, again through the nose, for as long as you can. Repeat for a few minutes.
  • Get rid of something that needs to be thrown in the garbage or taken to be donated.
  • Curl your hair to go nowhere, just because it's fun.
  • Watch Love Actually.
  • Stand under a hot shower with your favorite song on repeat and sing at the top of your voice.
  • Pick up your favorite book and turn to a random page. Start reading.
  • Unfollow the people whose posts you always "ugh" at and scroll past on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Make a list of things you're proud of yourself for accomplishing this year.
  • Make a list of things you're proud of your loved ones for accomplishing this year. Then pick up the phone or your pen and call, text, or write them and say so.
  • Plan a vacation and get excited when you realize you really, really want to make it happen in 2016.
  • Research charitable organizations concerned with a cause you care a lot about and make a goods, time, or financial donation to one or several of them.
  • Add an extra sugar to your coffee or tea.
  • Read all the posts on my Best Of page
  • Go for a run. Or a walk. Yes, outside, even if it's cold. Wear a coat and get yourself under the sun for ten damn minutes.
  • Paint your nails.
  • Take three deep cleansing breaths. Like this: Lengthen your spine to create space in your diaphragm. Take a deep breath in through the nose and hold it for three seconds. Open your mouth, stick out your tongue, force the air out from the back of your throat. If you had onions for lunch, do this in private.
What else?


  1. So cute girl! Totally watched Love Actually on Sunday only to watch my favorite parts :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Love this (and need to do a lot of these), but I think my fave is curling your hair for no reason because I never do, but when I do it makes me feel 1000x better for some reason.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE this list. Lighting a candle and getting rid of something are my favorites on the list I think. Its crazy how all it really takes is one simple good thing or happy thought to make you feel less stressed, I need to remember that.

  4. I want to do all of these simultaneously. And I've never seen Love Actually (permission to smack me).

  5. This is fabulous! So many wonderful things to do just because. Thank you for the deep breath tips, I needed that this morning.

  6. I love this list! Thank you for reminding us to take a moment and just be, friend. I have definitely been in need of these reminders lately & I've been trying really hard to enjoy every moment I can without holding onto stress! xo

  7. Deep breaths to chill, then dancing just because. I have to add "make love, actually" to this list too ;)

  8. Yes, yes, yes. Running is usually my de-stresser, but lately I've been stressed about running so...yea, not helpful. I've been burying my feelings in Christmas cookies. Probably not the best! Pilates, stretching, and decluttering actually do help though!

  9. i am 0% stressed! how annoying, right? so annoying. although yeah that sentence with all the stress made me a little stressed. weird.
    i LOVE the random page favourite book thing. imma do that tonight.
    yya 2016 vacation trips!
    i have read all the posts on your best of page, meaning i must be the best. right? right.
    love actually!

  10. This is absolutely fantastic. Wishing you a week of being less stressed, no matter how much you have to do!

  11. I'm headed out to walk at lunch! This is a great list and I know it will help some people today.

  12. Love these! Opened Google Docs to start that "what I'm proud of" list now.

  13. Love this list, so many great things to focus on right now!!!! I like to listen to Christmas music or what a Christmas movie :)

  14. Superb list! So many great suggestions. I find that with my pink hair, I curl it more...because pink hair AND curls are fun :)

  15. I need to do a lot of these things! Especially planning a vacation! :) I did take a walk today and it was helpful. And easier on the budget!

  16. this is awesome - great suggestions!! I am not feeling TOO too stressed but these are all still great reminders :)

  17. These are some excellent de-stress ideas! I'm a big fan of hot showers for that purpose.

  18. Hi darling, how are you today? I love this, another great post.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.
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    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  19. So many great ideas! Curling my hair stresses me out (afraid of burning my neck!), as does wearing red lipstick (is it the right shade? what if it gets on my teeth?!), however I did the shower/fave song/painting nails last night and it worked wonders :) Hope you aren't feeling too stressed these days!

  20. Getting rid of things is an instant pick-me-up. I don't even follow that many people on social media but I still have a few stragglers that just make me go ugh, whyyyy every time they post so that definitely needs to go on my to-do list. And yes to going outside even when it's cold! Especially when it's cold! My SAD has majorly improved since I started spending several hours a week outside running during the winter. It kind of makes me grateful that all of my marathon training has taken place during the winter months...


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