How to De-Stress at Every Budget

My university is on the quarter system which means we are in the midst of final exams.  There have been days where I have had class until 2:30pm, grabbed a granola bar, drank 2 coffees, and then continued to study until 2am.  If you have ever experienced finals week at a university, you know exactly the kind of days I’m talking about.

Besides final exam week, there are countless other instances when it is easy to get caught up in all your responsibilities and forget to take a minute to breathe.  Whether it is your job, family, friends, school, etc., there are tons of times where the stress of responsibilities takes over.

When I first brainstormed ways to destress, many popular examples that came to mind required money.  I soon realized how unrealistic that idea was.  There had to be ways for anyone to destress without breaking the bank.  After doing some research and brainstorming more in-depth, I have complied a list of ways to destress at any budget.

Free: Meditate for 10 Minutes 

If you’ve never tried meditation you’re probably thinking “Lydia that’s so boring!” but hear me out.  I just recently started meditating and it is absolutely incredible.  Start by sitting with your back straight in a chair, feet flat on the ground, and hands laying on top of your legs.  Set your timer for 10 minutes and I find that closing my eyes helps me focus the best.  It can be hard to keep your mind from wandering but over time it becomes easier.  Taking that short 10 minutes to remove yourself from the stressful surroundings does wonders for your mental wellbeing and it also gives you energy to conquer anything that comes your way.

Free:  Exercise 

It has been scientifically proven that exercise boots endorphins that, in general terms, triggers a positive feeling in your body.  Any type of exercise reduces the feeling of stress and an added bonus are the health benefits.  It’s a win-win.  Maybe going to the gym for 30 minutes isn’t your thing but that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise.  Going for a walk a friend, dancing, yoga, and swimming are some activities that don’t feel like typical exercise but give the same results.

$: Explore

A change of scenery can be extremely helpful when trying to de-stress from responsibilities that surround you 24/7.  The budget on this tip can range from free to $$$ but it’s up to you!  Exploring could mean heading to a local beach for a few hours of relaxation, finding a new coffeeshop to try a new fancy coffee, or grabbing a few friends and heading to a local museum or festival.  Making time for something other than stressful responsibilities is essential.

$: Grab some Snacks and Watch a “Light” Movie  

There is nothing better than changing into pajamas, inviting a few friends over, and watching a movie.  When I’m stressed I love to watch a comedy.  Some of my recent favorites are “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Wedding Crashers”.  A movie night isn’t complete without snacks.  Take a group trip to a drugstore or grocery store and stock up on all the essentials: popcorn, ice cream, chocolate, and anything else you find along the way.

$$: Get Your Hair or Nails Done 

I don’t know about you guys but whenever I get my hair or nails done, I struggle to stay awake because of how relaxed I feel.  Not only do I leave the appointment with beautiful hair or nails, I leave with a sense of relaxation and being cleansed in a way.  When I feel better, I tend to be more confident and I am able to take whatever comes my way.  Those stressful responsibilities start to seem like tiny hurdles.

$$$: Plan a Trip

Whenever I get overwhelmed I like to look ahead at exciting trips I have planned.  Researching more about the place I am visiting or planning fun things to do helps me forget about my current responsibilities for a minute.  Whether it is a week long trip across the world or a quick overnight trip to visit family, the sheer thought of travel makes me happy.

I hope you enjoyed some of my tips for de-stressing at any budget and can use some of these suggestions in your daily life!

Sincerely,

Lydia

40 Comments Add yours

  1. Some really get tips 🙂

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so much!!

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  2. Amazing tips and a lovely blog post, Lydia! 😊✨

    Xoxo
    Shirley | https://shirleycuypers.blogspot.be

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      aw thanks so much! 🙂

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  3. These are great tips! I love to do my nails or exercise, they always leave me feeling better!
    Ellie | elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      aw yeah I love doing my nails too! Thank you!!

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  4. CherishingFLo says:

    Getting my nails done was always my go to distress routine. Lately, that hasn’t been financially an option. But I do thoroughly enjoy exploring and looking around. Coffee shops are becoming a new joy of mine as well. Great tips!

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Coffee shops are my absolutely favorite places to relax for an afternoon! Thank you so much!

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  5. I love reading posts like this!!! These tips are so nice and it really is budget-friendly 🤗

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed! I hope some of these tips are helpful! 🙂

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  6. evelyne says:

    I recently started meditating, too, and you’re completely right! Even just 10 minutes feel like a mini-vacation for my head – I look forward to every meditation session!
    I actually gave myself a DIY pedicure/manicure last night while watching a movie, so two birds with one stone, I guess! ❤

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      A mini-vacation is a perfect way to describe meditation. It’s amazing! DIY mani/pedi and a movie sounds so nice!!

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  7. Madi Dearson says:

    My form of meditation is lightning a scented candle and listening to some soulful music, and yes it’s free so that’s always nice.Great tips, I remember final exams and how stressful of a time that is – I’m sure you will do great on all of them.

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      I love candles and some chill music! Thank you so much!! 🙂

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  8. Yes, great post! I usually just watch a movie and get snacks. I think if I had unlimited amounts of money, I’d be flying everywhere when stressed😂

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      So true, me too hahaha. Thank you! 🙂

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  9. Della says:

    These are some great tips! X

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so much!!

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  10. Jasmin says:

    Loved your tips 🙂

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you! I hope they help! 🙂

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  11. Makeup by Erin says:

    Such nice tips! I’m always trying to meditate when I get really stressed and freaked! ☺️

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so much! Meditation is one of my favorites 🙂

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  12. lucy222333 says:

    Amazing post! I will be looking at those FREE methods while wishing I could be doing the $$$ methods haha!

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you!! Hahaha absolutely 🙂

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  13. Ash Williams says:

    Great post Lydia, I really need to start meditating again, I found it so helpful x

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so much! And ah yeah I love it ☺️

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  14. Diana says:

    Lovely tips!

    xx,
    thedecemberdame.com

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you!! 🙂

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  15. Loved your tips Lydia and they are so budget friendly, really enjoyed this x

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      aw thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed!

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  16. Fab blog post. Good luck in your finals!!xxx

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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  17. I love this! I see so many posts saying how to de-stress and I end up getting even more stressed out because it reminds me how broke I am, but this is perfect, there’s something for everyone!!

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Exactly!! I totally felt that too! I’m glad you enjoyed 🙂

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  18. hopeoverdose says:

    This is so cool! I’ve never seen it broken down this way. But budget. Awesome

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so much! I thought dividing by budget would be helpful 😊

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  19. oldmindwildsoul says:

    Hi Lydia, I just stumbled across your blog and I really enjoyed it! I noticed we have a lot in common from our interests, to the fact that we are both new bloggers named Lydia 🙂 keep up the good posts, you’re doing great!

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Aw hi thank you so much!! I really appreciate it and I’m going to check yours out right now ☺️

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you!

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