Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vegas State of Mind: How do you unwind?

Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month?

If you ever watch Scandal, House of Cards or the West Wing it is evident that stress is just something you learn to live with when working in the political field. Everything you do is broadcasted for the world to see and every decision you make affects millions of people. Talk about a weight on your shoulders! Even though I work behind the scenes, I definitely feel the pressure of the job. Top that with planning a "destination" wedding, a never ending inbox and volunteering for any and everything (I like to be involved), and I am just two emails away from needing Olivia Pope to come and rescue me. 

People in our day and age think of stress more and more as just something you have to deal with and learn to live with. However heightened stress levels can be detrimental to your overall health and well being. The good news is there are ways to decrease stress, keep it at bay, and still enjoy life. How do I deal with stress in my own crazy and hectic life you ask? Well by filling my spare moments with things I genuinely like to do and people that I love to be around. Some of my favorite things to do are:

Go Get My Sweat On 
Elle Woods had it right when she said "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands. They just don't." When I feel like I am carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders nothing makes me feel better than getting my heart pumping and my body moving. Plus it takes my mind off of whatever problem I have. For me my workout of choice is crossfit but any exercise will do. Even though you might not want to workout at first, just get started! Your body will be thankful and so will your racing mind. 

Get Outside
I sit behind a computer all day! So the moment I get out in some fresh air I instantly feel refreshed. Grab a friend, your pet or even just yourself and take a walk outside. Seeing the fresh grass, flowers blooming or getting a smile from a stranger will lift your mood and help alleviate any situation. 

Spend Time with People I Love 
Whenever I am feeling anxious or stressed, the last thing I want to do is hangout with people that elevate the situation. Luckily for me I have found a great man who is the yin to my yang (cheesy but true). Even when I feel like my head is going to explode with tension, he can bring me down to reality and make me feel zen again.
I also have the best friends in the world that make even the worst day better. Meeting them for a drink after work or for a short walk can erases the stresses of the day and brightens my spirits. 

Do Something Special For Myself
Pampering myself always makes me feel a bit better even on the dreariest of days. My favorite way to indulge is with a manicure and a pedicure. However anything that feels like a special treat will decrease stress and improve your mood. Go shopping. Splurge on decadent dessert. Get a massage! The point is you work hard so you deserve to treat yourself too!

Spent Time Alone
Sometimes the things above just don't do the trick. These are the times when I know I need some time with just me. During this alone time I can pray, reflect on what is going on around me or just think about nothing. Everyone needs some time to recharge and for me I am best able to do that when I have a few quite moments to myself...a glass of wine never hurts either :)

Finally, one of the best ways for me to de-stress is to just drop everything and get away from it all! This can be a staycation for the weekend at home or even getting out of town for a few days to a fun destination like Vegas. I can't think of a better get-a-way than a day spent lounging at the pool at Aria, getting a massage at their decadent spa, gorging on milk shakes and burgers at Holstein's,  and then ending the night rocking out at Britney's new concert! Talk about an awesome time!
Removing yourself from the eye of the storm will not only calm your nerves and mind, but it helps bring new focus and new revelations. 

What are some of your favorite ways to unwind/de-stress?


*Vegas.com asked me if I would like to participate in their National Stress Awareness campaign. I obviously said yes because 1. I hate stress and 2. I LOVE Vegas! Win win in my book :)

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