Life can be extremely stressful – I feel like each year we have more and more responsibilities, bills and things to juggle. Most weeks I barely get to do everything I want to do, and then we start the week again. If you’re like me and feeling a little bit stressed, here are my top four tips for reducing stress in your everyday life.

1. Take Time Out for Yourself
It’s important to make time every day to focus on the things you want to do – it can’t be all work and no play. Whether you love hitting the gym for an hour every day while listening to your favourite Podcast, or you enjoy a CBD gummy from somewhere like Blessed CBD infront of a trashy TV show, or you like lighting some candles, dropping a Lush bath bomb in the bath and slipping away for 30 minutes every evening, it’s important to take time out for yourself in any way that works for you and ensures you feel relaxed and energized. Whenever you’re travelling on a plane and watch the safety video, you’ll see that they always tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first. This is the same way that you must work in real life – taking care of yourself ensures that you have the energy and enthusiasm to take care of others in your life.

2. Plan a Vacation
Having a vacation booked and on the cards to look forward to is a great way to reduce stress. I love to travel and personally feel a bit anxious if I have no upcoming trips booked. Having a trip to keep my eye on helps me get through the boring work weeks and stressful family issues. It doesn’t have to be a big vacation, either, just a small road trip a few hours away is exciting enough to help me relax. If you have a high demand job, you may prefer to focus on a more relaxing trip away – hopefully, one that includes massages and a giant pool with poolside drinks.

3. Herbal Options
There are quite a few supplements available on the market that can help lower stress, such as B vitamins or melatonin. However, the most obvious one that springs to mind is marijuana. This is now legal in many countries across the world and in many states throughout the U.S. One of those states is Washington, where medical marijuana was legalized in 1997 and recreational marijuana was legalized in 2012. Nowadays, you can visit one of the many Higher Leaf dispensaries in Bellevue, Washington, and freely purchase a wide variety of marijuana products that will no doubt help to reduce your stress. However, I would suggest consulting with your doctor before starting any new supplements. You also have the option of some herbal products such a Xpress Grass or the best concentrate vape pens that can help you relax and lower stress if you’re over the correct age and in a region where they are legal too.

4. Consider Meditation
Studies have shown that regular meditation can help reduce overall stress levels and ensure that you handle stress better. You might find it hard to begin meditating, especially by yourself, so it can be worth investing in a meditation app such as Headspace or even attending a few meditation classes to get started. One of the best things about meditation is that you don’t need a large time commitment every day, as little as five minutes daily can make a considerable difference to your stress levels.

Life can be stressful, but with these four tips you can hopefully reduce your stress levels and ensure that you’re handling your stress as well as possible.

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