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5 Habits for a Less Stressful Week

We all have them days. I get home and collapse onto the sofa, burned out from an exhausting week. I feel drained of creative, emotional and physical energy and my mindset isn’t its best. However, having a harrowing headspace and feeling depleted is something I accepted, taking it as a given that the week is inevitably going to take a toll on me. However, to evade this, I have some rituals and weekly tasks which leave me feeling less stressed when Monday morning rolls around, feeling fit for the week ahead.

Make a schedule

This is a must. Every Sunday, I sit down in front of my journal and note down all of my shifts, tasks, possible appointments and social events for the week ahead. I also take this time to have a bit of a brain-dump, getting all my burning thoughts down on paper.

A schedule means that you’re entering the week with some clarity rather than with endless thoughts swimming around your head. Moreover, having all your tasks in one place means you’re less likely to forget something.

When creating a schedule, it’s crucial to prioritise what tasks are particularly important. In an ideal world I’d sit and spend each of my mornings reading or binge-watching a new Netflix series. However, my to-do list would be left untouched. Let the little things slide and prioritise what you need to do, and when.

Plan some ‘me-time’

After you’ve made your schedule, find some time where you’re free and set this aside for yourself. A lot of us are guilty of neglecting self-care, too wrapped up in work and feeling as if we need to be busy 24/7. However, even spending just an hour doing something you enjoy is a great way to de-stress. Whether it’s a face mask and Netflix, or feet up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of tea – set time aside to do something you want to do rather than what you feel you need to do.

Do some weekend baking

If the week ahead is going to be stressful, why not hone in on your inner Mary Berry and bake yourself a sweet treat? Baking is the perfect stress reliever, something I find somewhat therapeutic, plus you’ll have some goodies to munch on throughout the week. I love baking during my days off, but getting in the kitchen on a Sunday means you’ll have something delicious to return to after a stressful day during the week.

Pictured below are some brownies I made on my day off: so fudgy you’d never think they were made of black beans (yep, black beans). The recipe is over on my Instagram! 

Exercise

You’ve probably heard it a thousand times, but exercise works wonders for stress.

When you’re feeling lousy, often the last thing you want to do is hit the treadmill or lift some weights. However, scheduling in a few workouts helps you relieve stress while simultaneously receive a positive outcome. Exercise is proven to boost endorphins and therefore, improve mood. I’ve not been in the mood to head to the gym on countless occasions. However, getting my sweat on always gets me out of a rut and I feel 10x better for it. Not a gym goer? Simply taking a walk while listening to a podcast, attending a Zumba class, or even practising yoga within the comfort of your own home are great ways to break a sweat and de-stress. Yoga, in particular, is a great way to focus on your breathing, reducing tension and relieving stress.

Sleep

I have struggled with sleep for years, but I can vouch that a solid nights sleep improves my mood, concentration and productivity. In an attempt to catch more zs, I’ve found sticking to a bedtime routine essential. I try limiting my screen-time an hour before hitting the hay, and instead, I read a book before lights out at 10:30 pm.

Although anxiety is a killer when it comes to sleep, scheduling the week ahead helps keeps this at bay. Sleep is something I’m focusing on improving right now, finding that it has the most impact on my mood. Your girl ain’t happy when she’s tired.

What are some ways you reduce stress? I’d love to hear some more tips!

Thanks for reading!

Evie x

71 Comments

  1. Exercise really helps me when I’m stressed, I tend to go on walks a lot while listening to music to clear my head and relax! I really enjoyed reading this post it was filled with good tips x

    Rachael | geminiexplicit.blogspot.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yess I love going for a walk when I’m feeling stressed! I can’t stand sitting around the house, so good to get out and unwind. Thank you so much! Thanks for reading x

  2. Such good advice, I really need to start scheduling my week more so that I can plan it properly and not feel overwhelmed with everything I have to do!

    Beth x | https://bethrebecca.com/

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah I definitely recommend doing it! I’d feel so overwhelmed otherwise, and it means I’m more likely to get everything done! Thanks for reading x

  3. These are all such good ways of reducing stress. Sleep is so important. I definitely need to work on this one though because I don’t always get the recommended number of hours. Spending some time outdoors and breathing in the fresh air always helps me clear my mind. Thanks for sharing!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yeah it can be so hard to get a good night’s sleep sometimes, especially with so many thoughts rushing through our heads. Ah yeah I love getting some fresh air, always helps! Thanks for reading x

  4. I absolutely love all of these! Scheduling is my weekness, I like to make a plan of what I need to do for every day so I don’t forget and so I don’t stress myself out even more. Exercise is super important to, it really does help to clear you mind and cheer you up, even if it’s just a little walk! It also definitely helps you to sleep better when you’ve done some sort of exercise to tired yourself out physically aswell as mentally. Fab post!
    Alice Xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah I’m exactly the same! If I don’t schedule my week, I feel so lost and overwhelmed. Exercise can work wonders, I couldn’t agree more. Thank you! x

  5. Emma Emma

    Fab post Ellie! I completely agree with all 5 🙂 we can sometimes get too bogged down to take time out for ourselves! I love the weekend baking idea and Sunday planning… I need to take these tips more seriously – ps the food is making me hungry 🙂

    Emma | http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Exactly! But taking some time out for ourselves is so important to unwind. Haha you should definitely start baking some more, so relaxing plus you get some delicious treats at the end of it! Thanks for reading x

  6. Scheduling is definitely a must and something I need to do more often! This is a great post x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah it’s really helpful! Thank you! x

  7. I love going to the gym to lift weights when I’m stressed! I definitely need to work on getting more sleep because I work nights and find it really difficult to sleep during the day, this is all really good advice!

    thefashionfemme.blogspot.com Xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah yeah I can imagine finding a good sleeping routine must be difficult! Thank you, and thanks for reading! x

  8. Love this list! About to go into a rather packed/stressful week so I read this just in time. I had kind of forgotten about baking to relax since being home from uni, my little sisters like to take that job and the treats never last more than 2 days in our house ahah

    Sophie | http://www.sophiesspot.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah I hope your week isn’t too stressful! Haha, yeah ever since I’ve been baking more at home, my family have demolished most of the treats after a couple of days too. Thanks for reading ☺️

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yeah it’s something we should all be doing more often, life is for living after all!

  9. I’ve never really thought about baking as a remedy.. I should try that while i meal prep.

    Meal prep definitely helps me have a smooth week. Love these ideas, I plan some me time during the weekend too

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yes you should try it! Baking is so much fun, relaxing, plus you get some treats at the end of it. Meal prep is such a good idea too, makes cooking during the week so much easier. Thanks for reading x

  10. Weekend baking looks incredible! Wish I had more time to bake each week. Definitely going to check out your recipe because these brownies look insane😍

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you so much! I try and fit it in whenever I can – I find it so relaxing, plus I love to always have treats around the house haha. Thanks for reading ✨

  11. I’m definitely going to apply these de-stressors during my first week at my few job! My new schedule will increase my anxiety for sure, but if I know it’s coming I’m much more likely to set time aside to combat it properly. Reading before bed is a must for me! I dedicated at least 45 minutes to read and drift off. Also drinking plenty of water during the day keeps me alert and active. Such a helpful post!!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah keeping a schedule will definitely come in handy during your first few weeks, it will just take some getting used to. Drinking water is also such an important habit! I make sure to drink as much as I can nowadays! Best of luck with your new job! Thanks for reading ✨

  12. These are such good tips! Sleep is definitely something I need to work on, especially cutting down my screen time. I never really think of sitting down and scheduling the week ahead but I’m going to try to fit that in now! Great post x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah yes you should try scheduling! I honestly enter the week feeling 10x less stressed and overwhelmed knowing I have everything written down. Thank you! Thanks for reading ✨

  13. Exercise is my ultimate go to when I’m stressed, great post. Also you’re handwritting is beautiful haha

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah it always makes me feel so much better afterwards. Haha, thank you!

  14. Sarah Sarah

    Great post and you had really great advice!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you ✨

  15. multipotentialitethoughtswriter multipotentialitethoughtswriter

    I enjoyed this post.. It’s comforting to see that others have the same struggles, and I am definitely going to start scheduling my week on a Sunday, and see how it’s working. Great post! Xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah it can be so easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed, let me know how it goes! Scheduling definitely helps me and my stress levels a lot! Thank you! ✨x

  16. Some great tips here, thank you! Now I need to actually follow some of them…

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Haha thank you! Once you start, it will all come naturally! x

  17. Some great tips there – I really need to address my own sleeping pattern as it’s something I’ve always struggled with. And I’ve been feeling so run down lately! I’ve just picked up something called Metatone Tonic that is supposed to be a great pick me up but also a good aide for sleeping so fingers crossed!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Oh that sounds interesting, I hope it works well! Sleep is a huge struggle of mine, and something which has an impact on my mood the most. I hope you find a good sleeping pattern soon! Thanks for reading x

  18. Such good advice, really need to try some of these out. Love your photos too! x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! I find them all really useful when it comes to my mood and my stress levels. Thanks for reading ✨x

  19. This is such a great post! Sometimes I just stress myself out for no reason so I think I’ll need to start using some of these tips! I especially like the tip to start baking, I used to bake a lot but I need to start making some more time for it! X

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah I’m exactly the same! Yeah you should! Baking is the perfect way to relax, plus you have the treats to look forward to at the end haha. Thanks for reading ✨ x

  20. I love all of these tips. Having a schedule is super helpful because you know what’s going on and don’t need to stress to remember. LOVE your bullet journal, by the way!

    I always tell people to have some “me time”. I skipped it a few times and I became super grumpy – TREAT YO SELF, PLEASE! It will do everyone some good. I find exercise and sleep go hand to hand. Exercising helps you feel more tired so you can sleep more XD.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yeah I couldn’t live without making a schedule in my bullet journal, it makes me feel 10x less stressed and ready for the week ahead.
      Yess!!! I couldn’t agree more! Even just an hour doing something you love is better than going weeks without any ‘me time’. Thanks for reading ✨ x

  21. Emily Rose Emily Rose

    Great post! I am a huge fan of lists and using my google calendar for scheduling and reminders. I also try to exercise everyday. Thanks for sharing!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yes! Such a great way at staying organised! Thanks for reading ✨x

  22. Awesome list. I recently started with yoga and taichi again, they really help with managing stress. Also thumbs up for baking, we all deserve a little something sweet to treat ourselves (and others) with after a busy week.

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      That’s amazing! I really want to get into yoga more, it always makes me feel so relaxed afterwards. Exactly haha, I can’t go a day without a little treat! ✨

  23. I love scheduling and planning. I’m always so much less productive if I haven’t made a list the night before. I’m forever trying to improve my sleeping habits too x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah I’m exactly the same, I feel so overwhelmed otherwise! Thanks for reading ✨ x

  24. Sleep is great advice, although not as easy in execution. I really need a full night.

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah it can be really difficult sometimes, but has such a huge impact on my mood. Thanks for reading ✨

  25. Great tips! I struggle with being stressed way too often, even when I probably shouldn’t be, so this was a well-needed read. I am about to start work again (I’m a teacher) so I need to get my stress under control.

    xo, Kimberly
    http://www.lifeofkimberly.com

  26. Scheduling definitely makes sure I’m not feeling unnecessary stress – sometimes I find myself saying ‘oh I’ll remember that!’ but actually adding it to my schedule in my notes or on my literal calendar is so much better and stress-free! Also wow you have such neat handwriting!! I’ve been trying to get better at setting some ‘me-time’ – I’m either working, blogging or thinking of both. I’ve just ordered a few books from the library as a way to give my brain a break and to relax more. I’m not much of a baker, but it is fun to mess around in the kitchen to bake some sweets! Your brownies looks absolutely delicious, and wait a second black beans? I’ve never heard of using that in dessert before!

    Exercise! Yes! I’m a 5000M runner and it’s just so great to just run in nature and let my mind wander, extremely relaxing and it definitely improves my mood a lot – always happier once I go for a run!

    Sahara
    http://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah that’s amazing! Yeah reading is my favourite way of relaxing, hope you enjoy your books! Haha you can’t even taste them either, such a great way of adding in some extra fibre and healthy ingredients!
      Oh I wish I ran more! It’s great that it helps you to reduce stress. Thanks for such a lovely comment 💖 x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you, yeah I couldn’t agree more! X

  27. Thanks for the advice. I think exercising and baking could be the best, but it’s always important to plan ahead. Great post 🙂

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Planning makes my like 10x easier! Thank you x

  28. cissyartcafe cissyartcafe

    I love all of your tips, although I’m the first to admit that I’m pretty bad at exercising! It’s a habit I’m working to change ❤

    Cecile @ Cissy’s Art Café | https://cissyartcafe.com/

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Exercise can even be as simple as going for a walk, just find what works best for you! x

  29. Weekend baking is honestly so relaxing and fun! I think that’s such a unique tip. I like being kept busy, and baking does just that while also getting some sweet treats in the end! Planning and organizing is a big thing for me too, makes everything so much easier so you know what you’re going to be doing. Awesome post!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah exactly! It’s the perfect way to relieve some stress. Thanks for reading! x

  30. Awesome tips! I especially need to work on getting enough sleep. Too often I stay up doing extra work or reading instead of getting the sleep I definitely need. And your blog is so cute — you’ve got a new follower here 🙂

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Haha I’ve definitely lost hours of sleep due to a good book, but it’s something I’m working on! Thank you so much! x

  31. Oh my goodness your black bean brownies look SO FREAKING GOOD <3 Definitely heading over to check out the recipe rn ^_^

  32. You’re pretty. I love you r Sunday brain dump. I try to do that too. Was that a pic of your journal! Skills. I would also love to try the brownies but I’m scared lol.

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Aw thank you! Yeah I try to use my journal as much as I can! Try them! You can’t taste the black beans at allllll trust me haha

  33. Great tips here 👍love baking too. It’s so therapeutic. As is eating the finished product of course 😊

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Haha exactly, that’s the best part! Thanks for reading x

  34. I find excising so so helpful when I know I’m going to be having a busy/stressful week, it’s a little escape and releases all the endorphins to help calm me! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Exercise works wonders for my stress too! It’s amazing what even a 15 minute workout can do. Thanks for reading! x

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