As you get older it's impossible to not stress about relationship, finances, and life in general. Stress it seems, is part of life and you can either learn to manage it or curl up in a ball and let life pass you by. Even though sometimes I want to do the latter, I put on my big girl pants and try not to stress. As stress can come from anything and everything, managing stress also comes in various forms. What causes stress for one person won't be the same for everyone. I can say that as I've gotten older, I know my stress triggers and have found a few methods that don't involve curling up in a ball.

 

Music

Blasting obscenities or smooth relaxing beats, it's your prerogative. I haven't met a person who doesn't love music, so put on your headphones and let the music wash away the stress.

 

Take A Nap

Fifteen or thirty minutes, it's all good.

Let me tell you a secret, sleep can work wonders. Grab your pillow, grab your blanket, because you're going to nap away that stress.

 

Video Games

Ok, I admit that I find killing aliens with plasma guns very cathartic. If you're like me and find letting some aggression out helps with stress, get the Xbox and pop in some Halo for an hour of alien butt-kicking.

 

Baking

Or cooking, your choice.

Not everyone is great in the kitchen and baking may not be your forte, but give it a try. If you're a kitchen newbie, follow a basic recipe like chocolate chip cookies. It's hard to mess up and there's chocolate! Just like the saying, "it's not about the destination but the journey," so is baking. Keeping your mind focused on the task at hand and your hands busy, has a great calming effect. Plus, you get to eat what you made, so it's a win-win situation.