• Pamper yourself
    • Have a manicure/pedicure or treat yourself to a massage! Many people are too busy with work, school, and their family that they forget to have some "me" time
  • Turn off social media
    • This may be a bit hard. But putting your phone in airplane mode and turning off your laptop can take some stress out. We are always dependent on technology. I admit, I feel weird when I leave my phone at home 
  • Go outside and explore
    • If you are close to the beach, go to the beach! It's summer time and a relaxing trip would be great! I'm still figuring out what I want to do this summer. 
  • Take a hike
    • Look for hiking places around your area. There are many apps on your phone that can lead your to trails. Taking in nature and getting out of the house for some fresh air is good for you. Just be careful of rattlesnakes! 
  • Yoga/Meditation
    • Yes, some people don't believe that yoga and meditation can help. But not only does yoga help your physical body, the breathing itself will relax you. Meditating (just don't meditate on the negatives).
  • Read
    • Most people, especially in my generation, don't read books anymore. I love books, just leave me for hours at Barnes & Nobles or at a library. Reading can help you relax because you get to leave your own reality and dive into another world.
  • Journal
    • Doing an entry a day or even every other day can take some stress off of you because you are basically spilling your thoughts on paper. By saying/writing it, it becomes a way to rant and let those feelings go. I myself don't journal in paper anymore, I use Evernote app on my phone. It's easy - and portable! 
  • Find a hobby
    • To keep you occupied during your down time, find something that interests you; whether it be hiking, shopping, or go to extremes such as sky-diving (which I really want to do, it's on my bucket list!) 
  • Hang out with friends 
    • Don't just sit at home alone! Being alone, you tend to dwell on stress and deadlines. You have to give yourself some time to be with others and engage. Friends are also a good support system when you are feeling down. 
  • Have a calendar (so you dont stress out or mess your schedule)
    • Managing your time is definitely one of the best ways to manage stress and get organized. I use the calendar app on my computer which syncs it directly to my phone. With school, work, shoots, and keeping up with this blog, I used to get my dates and times mixed up. Now that I have a calendar, I can easily look at it and know what i'm doing that day.