13 Things To Do When You’re Overwhelmed With Stress

I have mentioned in other posts that I am a pretty stressed out person. I didn’t think I was until a few years ago when I started realizing I was worrying all the time and I just didn’t feel right. I don’t think I really new what stress was. I always just thought it was panicking before a test or a job interview but then I started acknowledging my anxiety and stress because it wasn’t only the big things that got me feeling weird – it was the little things too. And it seems the more and more I try to just move on and push the stress aside it seems to come back with a vengeance!


So in saying that, I have a little list of things I do when I am overwhelmed with stress because I know I am not the only one who feels life pressures. I hope these can help some of you out!



Things To Do When You’re Overwhelmed With Stress



Take time off – Sometimes the best way to deal with stress is to just take time off and relax. I think we often feel the need to keep busy, or think we aren’t doing enough, but we a need break. We need time to recover and to focus on ourselves. Try some of these girly things to do to keep your mind occupied!



“You can do anything but not everything.”



Read a book – While mindlessly watching TV might be a tempting way to get rid of stress I suggest reading a book. It gives your mind a break and I personally am more involved in a book than TV. Unless it’s Game of Thrones.. then I am completely absorbed.


Exercise – One of, if not one of the best stress relievers is getting a good dose of exercise. Find an exercise that works for you. Running is my favourite but maybe go crazy and join a kick boxing class to get your frustration out, you know, by punching and kicking stuff, or maybe take a spin class. You’ll be amazed at how you feel after!


Go outside – Nature is a natural stress reliever. Wander among the trees or go for a hike. Connecting with the natural world is much needed since we are drowning in responsibility, concrete buildings and technology. Bring a book out with you and lay against a tree.


Lose track of time – When I edit my Instagram photos I zone out. I get so completely focused on editing the photo that I forget about what’s stressing me out. I also watch makeup videos on Instagram. You know those little blips of videos where beauty bloggers throw together a short clip of their new makeup style? I don’t know why but that calms me down. It’s so weird but it works. Find what makes you lose track of time because you’re so engrossed in it.


Acknowledge your stress – If you are still finding yourself stressed out try understanding why you are stressed. Once you identify why you are stress you can start adjusting to prevent yourself from stress later on. So if it’s a person making you stressed – avoid them. If it’s work – figure out how you can make it better and become more relaxed.



“It all begins and ends in your mind.

What you give power to has power over you,

if you allow it.”


Pet an animal – I am an animal lover. And when I get sad or stressed out I find my dog and cuddle her while watching a romantic comedy. It’s nice to be able to cuddle a little fluff ball of happiness. Their cuteness usually puts me in a happier, more calmed mood.


Let go – As much as you can do to relieve your stress it will just keep coming back if you continue to hold onto what’s stressing you. Whether it was a bad day at school, work, or something you did ages ago – let it go. The past will weigh us down like a ton of bricks so it’s important to understand that you can’t change the past so there’s no point in letting it affect our future.



“Be gentle with yourself,

you’re doing the best you can.”



Write it out – It’s proven that writing down what’s bothering you helps you calm down. It’s like getting it off your chest!


Blast some music – I know I’m not the only one who blasts music while they’re driving. I love playing my music loud when I am stressed out because it makes me amped up! I can go from a sadness coma to conquer the world in about three upbeat songs which is awesomeeee for someone who’s stressed out. Play it out, sing it out, dance it out.


Breathe – One of the most calming things you can do for yourself is to just take deep breaths and breathe. I know it’s easier said then done but once you get into the habit of practicing deep breathing it will come a lot easier and more naturally.


“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think,

not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe,

and have faith that everything will

work out for the best.”



Watch YouTube videos – My to go to YouTube videos that get all my focus are makeup tutorials. I love watching them. It’s like watching an artist at work. I love how smooth and perfect their makeup looks! I don’t know maybe I’m weird but try it! Samantha Maria, Michelle Phan and Nikkie are my favourite!


Clean – When I’m stressed and don’t know what to do I find myself cleaning. Dusting, scrubbing the floors, organizing my clothes.. etc. My dad used to joke that he should upset me more often because I would go on a cleaning rampage in my room when I was little! My teddy bears never looked so organized!

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  • Reply
    February 21, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    This is such a good post. I find all these things help me when I’m stressed too. Thanks so much for sharing! I know I’m going to be reminding myself to take a break and relax more often x

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      The Fernweh Wolf
      February 27, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Michelle! I’m glad some of these are helpful. Relaxing more is defiantly a priority 🙂

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    May 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Yes! I love the tips that you share and I understand the constant stress and anxiety so much! I had the same realization that you had about being a constantly stressed out and anxious individual and since then have had a major dip in my mental health and have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It sucks, but the tips you shared really do help 🙂 Especially spending time with nature, personally helps me a lot. Thanks for sharing!

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      The Fernweh Wolf
      June 21, 2016 at 6:22 am

      Aw I’m glad these are helpful! Nature is my favourite as well I moved into the city from a large acreage and I miss the grass and the trees so much they really do heal <3
      Thanks for the comment Ella!

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    May 20, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Things from this post that I do 100% when I’m stressed: zone out, blast music, and watch Youtube videos. Specifically make up ones too! I even have several fav Youtubers whose voices are SO freakin soothing and will literally put me to sleep. Have you heard of Lisa Eldridge? Omg she is so relaxing to watch.

    Afloat On A Full Sea

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      May 22, 2016 at 7:51 am

      You are the best! I was actually looking for new makeup YouTubers because I always watch all of the new uploaded videos to fast and end up having to wait days for new videos haha! So addicting but soooo relaxing. If you have any more send them my way! You probably already know her because she’s gorgeous but Bangers Beauty (Linda) has some really good videos too:]

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    Diana Maria
    May 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Going outside, writing, and reading often help me destress, as well as yoga! These are all wonderful tips and this is definitely a post I needed to read lately. Thank you for posting about this, it was very inspiring and uplifting!


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      May 22, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Aw I’m glad it helped you! I haven’t started yoga yet do you really like it as a stress reliever? I can’t decide if I should join or not! Thanks so much <3 I hope you had a relaxing weekend :]


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