stress-relief tips: it's the little things

Lately, I've been busy. Like REALLY busy. Like eating terribly + sleeping badly + skipping the gym busy. With work, and events and feeling behind on my blog, I haven't been feeling myself. Do you guys ever feel this way? I've been in a funk with creativity + career goals + blah, blah, blah.

But, at 22, I keep reminding myself that we ALL go through this and that it's a normal part of life. We get stressed, we feel lost and then we pop back up having learned a great lesson about ourselves. 

Personally, there's been a few things that have helped me climb out of my funk. Because honestly, though, it's the small successes of daily life. These simple {thought maybe not-so-easy} changes help to put me back in control of my life. And I'm sharing them below. 

xo phoebe

photo by  dave mentzer  

photo by dave mentzer 

stress-relief tips

I started dedicating more time to making sure that both my written planner + iphone calendar are up-to-date. I make lists in my physical planner and turn them into "reminders" on my iphone calendar. There's something about hacing both in sync that keeps me calm. 

I cleaned out my inbox. I use to clean out all of my subscriptions, newsletters, etc. so I receive one, daily email that has all of the subscriptions I'm still interested in. 

I started putting in more effort than usual to dress up for work — and I mean less obsessing over the perfect outfit, and more making sure that I FEEL put-together and confident. There's nothing like an awesome pencil skirt (hint, Zophia, hint), heels + a strong lippie to put that strut in your step. 

I make time every day to shut off the screens. Okay, I'm trying to do this. It's not a success yet, but I use the time to snuggle up with Maxim and make sure that I'm PRESENT; 

photo by dave mentzer

photo by dave mentzer

photo by dave mentzer

photo by dave mentzer

I listen to podcasts in the morning + save articles to read later with Pocket. I love having the peace of mind of having everything that I wanted to circle back to on a single app. 

I'm taking better care of my gut. Yup, I said it. There's nothing fun about being stressed as anything and feeling weighed down and bloated. If you follow me on social media at all, you know that I'm absolutely ADDICTED to probiotic drinks. 

And going off of probiotic health...I'm just trying to drink more water. As always. Because the universe knows that I'm more likely to chug coffee + pressed juice than plain water.

I use Tide, an Pomodoro-method-style app, that's dedicated to helping you focus for small increments of time + then taking a walking or sitting break. I listen to cafe noises (I love the muted sounds of chatter and life). During my "break" I get up from my desk and walk around the building. 

I listen to the advice of others. One of my biggest flaws is that I'm hot-headed, stubborn and committed to doing things how I want. But I'm {again, TRYING to} listen more when I'm given advice and take it to heart. 

Now, it's your turn.

When you're feeling stressed, what do you do? How do you take control of anxiety-filled situations? Let me know below! 

photo by dave mentzer 

photo by dave mentzer 

SIDE NOTE: I ordered this shirt from SheIn with no idea whatsoever about whether it would fit for not. BUT, it fit perfectly! When I had seen it on the model, I thought it would be perfect for a casual day at the office, or something I could dress up with a mini-skirt for networking. Maybe not, because jeans are my thing, but you get the picture. It's comfy, looks put together and literally just needs a zip up the back of the shirt! BUT be warned that SheIn's shipping takes a WHILE – as in 1-3 weeks depending! 

I'm wearing these Madewell Jeans, basic black pumps + this SheIn collared top (under $20!)