Learn the 3 C's
Stress can creep up from multiple outlets. Work, school, family, even the nightly news! And all of these external factors can cause a major blockage in our internal chakras causing us to feel overwhelmed and over-tired. Chakras aside, it’s hard to find solace from deadlines that are always approaching, family dynamics that are impossible to avoid, and headlines that are constantly upsetting. So we’re here to break it all down using the 3 C’s of stress relief. Catharsis, cooking, and captivation.
Did you know that journaling is a significant form of stress relief? You don’t have to write coherent sentences—even writing down a few key words that describe your mood can help lift some of the metaphysical weight that is pressing down on you. Making it a practice to journal a few minutes at night can help untangle some of the messiness of the day without you having to lash out at a partner or family member. Find a journal that you love and make it a point to spend a few minutes each day to write. Maybe try lighting a candle or using an essential oil diffuser, and spill your thoughts in a way that feels releasing to YOU. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to journaling. Anything goes when it comes to your version of stress relief.
The definition of treat yourself doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend a fortune on a fancy dinner. And sure, after a long day at work, the first thing on your mind probably isn’t slaving over chopped onions. With little planning, cooking can be a delicious way to unwind from the day while providing an easy andtasty distraction from the chaos of the day. In the mood for good food? Try making Elana Horwich’s Spaghetti Squash Primavera from her new cookbook Meal and a Spiel. The recipe is easy to follow and the flavors are out of this world – without even using traditional spaghetti! This is a dish that is sure to leave you feeling nourished from inside out and totally stress free.
A good book has the power to transport you to a different place. For that reason alone, we think reading is one of the best stress relievers out there. Put on your ugliest sweatpants and curl up on the sofa with a great read and something sweet to sip on. Be sure to turn your phone on airplane mode for distraction free reading time, and then let the story consume you. We recommend the illustrated novel, Close Enough for the Angles, by Paul Madonna. (We heard a rumor that Paul is planning some new adventures for his protagonist, Emit Hopper, so you’ll be glad you’ve gotten to know him.) Books = the best stress relief.
Other really great ways to relieve stress can be quite simple. They can range from pausing in the middle of the day to take five full-belly breaths, going on a walk or to a yoga class, or even just deciding to make pancakes for breakfast on a Thursday. Stress comes on differently for different people, and in the same fashion, the way we cope with it looks different too.