Annnnnd I’m back from another long absence from the blogging world! Gosh I keep promising myself that I’d blog more often but I keep on breaking that over and over. 🙁 I don’t want to. But so many things keep happening with my day job, it stresses me out so darn much!
I’ve read a lot of articles that say that drinking green tea helps alleviate stress. Researchers believe that it’s because it has L-theanine, an amino acid that has a soothing and calming effect to people who drink it. Also according to the research, that ingredient found in green tea affects the brain’s level of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine which can affect a person’s moods.
Plus drinking green tea helps me lose weight!
The sun is a source of Vitamin D and according to studies, it also affects the levels of serotonin in the body which not only affects one’s moods, but also appetite, sleep and memory. When I’m feeling very stressed out, I try to make it a point to get out for awhile and walk around in the heat of the summer sunshine. I do feel better when I do that. And I find myself smiling after a few minutes of getting dosed with sunshine.
Commuting to work alone is a stressful event for me most of the time especially since I have to take the MRT, which is often crowded and slow, to get to the office. So to help me relax, I listen to music on my phone. Thank God for a reliable Smart data plan and Spotify with its wide music selection!
Studies have also shown that a good conversation with someone helps fight off stress by providing you with social support. Meet some of my awesome friends whom I often hang out with:
|My best friend, Ryan and I. This was taken in HK Disneyland!|
|Mai, my fashion confidant and favorite ka-chikahan about Hollywood celebs!|
|Me and my friend since 6th grade, Erin|
|And this is me with Maila, my friend from work. The one who absorbs all my work-related rants.|
7. I sing my heart out doing karaoke!
Well a lot of Filipinos have a fondness for karaoke, am I right? My friends and I, we love singing songs from Spice Girls because well we’re the kids of the 90’s!
|This is me with my high school friends at a karaoke bar somewhere in Pasay City|
8. I play with our pet cat.
My mom a few months ago was given a cat named Aljur. Don’t ask me why. The cat already had that name before we owned it. But my guess is the former owner was a fan of GMA 7 shows and probably thought naming the cat after a hot celebrity actor from that channel was a good idea. Like most cats, ours doesn’t come running to me whenever I get home from work, slobbering me with wet kisses or at the very least wagging its tail as a sign that it’s happy to see me like dogs would do. But I still like to pet him a lot especially after a long day in the office!
9. I indulge myself in retail therapy aka shopping!
I think Becky Bloomwood (Confessions of a Shopaholic) described the feeling that comes with shopping best when she said, “That moment. That instant when your fingers curl round the handles of a shiny, uncreased bag—and all the gorgeous new things inside it become yours. What’s it like? It’s like going hungry for days, then cramming your mouth full of warm buttered toast. It’s like waking up and realizing it’s the weekend. It’s like the better moments of sex. Everything else is blocked out of your mind. It’s pure, selfish pleasure.”
10. When time and money permits, I go on a vacation.
It’s already a relaxing feeling the idea of not having to open my email for awhile. Or commuting to work… Of not thinking about stuff I have to do at the office. Sometimes when I have the time and money, I take an out-of-town vacation with friends. Just recently, I went to Cebu with two of my high school friends, Mark and Jordan. I’ll blog about that next time.
I admit I used to not take time off from work – mostly because I was in a company where I was the only Account Executive so a lot of the day to day coordination with clients was on me and also because in my former company, when you don’t use up all of your vacation and sick leaves, at the end of the year, it gets converted to cash.
But in my current company, that’s not the case. If you don’t use up your leaves, at the end of the year, that’s all gone. So I take my vacation leaves. Plus I realized it was actually good to take time off from work from every now and then. It’s re-energizing to do so.
Personally that part “rewards for being active” got my attention. So I google-d a little more about Oscar and here are a couple of tweets I found about those rewards:
|Tada! Does that look like the face of someone stressed out?|
I actually like this selfie I recently took. I’m tooting my own horn here but I dare say I look blooming in this photo. He.He.
So those are the ways I deal with stress. I’d also love to hear how you personally deal with stress too!