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De-Stress - The Mini Vacation We All Need


I'm going to be honest and say that the past few weeks has been some of the most stressful weeks in my life to date. One of the most complicated things to manage within your life is stress. Maybe you're a  mother of 4 like I am – and you're always on the go. Or you're a busy entrepreneur who's trying to make a name for yourself. Either way – your daily activities are going to come with complications and stress, it's simply an inevitable part of life. Stress can wreak havoc on your body and create an array of health issues for anyone who becomes over-stressed. Just some of the issues that stress can cause are asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression and anxiety or even premature death. There's no doubt – that if you're a person with a busy schedule, you could potentially have any of these issues yourself. Just thinking about those health concerns can cause you to stress out, so why not take a moment of reflection and learn how to de-stress with little effort.


Your health is important – after all, if you're not around to keep doing what you're doing, things won't get done. Taking the time that is necessary for yourself to relieve that stress is just as important as the every day activities that you do. Learning to take some time for yourself can help release the tremendous pressure that you may be under is the first step in having a mini vacation for yourself as a means to move forward in the de-stressing process.

Identifying your trigger points that cause you stress are the second most important aspect of allowing yourself to destress. Without it – the very things that can cause your stress could be carried with you everywhere you go. Before you can fix a problem – you must first identify what that problem may be. Whether it's your job, relationship, family member – or anything else that causes you stress – learn to pin point what  it is.


Once you've pin pointed the cause, remembering that this is the very thing that must be left behind when you head out and start your journey to destress, you must let it go. Take a deep breath, write out your thoughts, do whatever it takes to release the cause of your stress. Taking it with you doesn't help to solve your internal problem. Instead – you're only thinking about the same issues, but in a different place. Leaving the very issues that cause you this internal nuisance  – is the key to your successful mini vacation.

Most people think that you have to do some extravagant get-a-way in order to de-stress the way you need. But the irony of that scenario is that it actually creates more stress within your life. You have to plan, maybe buy airline tickets, schedule hotel reservations – car rentals and more. This alone can add to your anxiety levels when trying to get all this done. After all, you're already a busy person with a lot to do.


Planning a mini vacation can result in less stress, and rejuvenate you in ways that you may have thought weren't possible. Mini vacations are random road trips or possibly trips to local places that help you to de-stress in the ways you need. For example, if you like hiking – you could find a local town forest that allows you to hike the trails and find some remote location where you can sit and relax and enjoy the view. Something like this allows you to become peaceful internally because of the relaxation you get from the scenery and nature.

Maybe another way to de-stress is by taking a trip to a local bed and breakfast where you can enjoy the peace and serenity of a different atmosphere, detached from all of your electronics and connection to the world. Learning to “unplug” from your everyday norm – can help you significantly de-stress yourself. A bed and breakfast helps your mind to believe that you are at some far away place – but reality is, you're still close enough to home if you need to be.


If you're athletic – some of the simple ways to de-stress is simply by taking a 10 minute brisk walk, or go for a jog. These techniques help to increase blood flow to your brain – which in turn helps you focus on the task at hand and de-stresses you. It's also beneficial for you – because increased blood flow can increase your creativity levels as well as the happy hormones in your brain, thus naturally creating a de-stressed mind.

Another way to de-stress is as simply as eating healthy. Having a banana has been shown to decrease your stress level because of the potassium levels found within it. Same thing applies to a potato. The potassium actually helps to regulate blood pressure which increases during your times of stress. Not a potassium fan? Try some nuts or seeds that are full of nutrients that naturally destress your body.


There's many ways that you can decrease that feeling you have within that can completely overwhelm you. Whatever the cause may be – there's a cure for it. Finding that cure for yourself is the key to overcome the scenario that creates the stress. Learning to take that mini vacation you need can help you realign with yourself and completely revitalize your energy you need to overcome the obstacles that you have in your way. Mini vacations do not have to be costly or time consuming. They can simply be done by impulse – and can help your inner being become peaceful and focused.

Not all vacations need to be the traditional ones that we think about. Instead they can be simple, easy, inexpensive and most of rewarding for the soul. The first priority in life is to take care of you – both internally and externally. And through life's experiences – it can be agreed that in order for your external surroundings to be peaceful – you must first find peace within. Those who can find the balance between peace and stress – live more successful and healthy lives.


If there's anything that you've taken away from this article – it's understanding that in order to achieve your future goals – you must first learn to keep focused – and de-stressed. The mini vacation approach can significantly help set your mind free of any worries you may have. It can rejuvenate your soul in ways you never thought were possible. Mini vacations can be on the one thing that keeps you stable and gives you the energy you need to stay focused on the tasks at hand – and not become overwhelmed.

Let's discuss: What are some of the ways that you have learned to de-stress? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Dealing with everyday stress is something that affects all of us at some point. These are great tips to help combat stress. For me, I like to go for a leisurely walk or take a relaxing bath when I'm feeling anxious.

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    1. Relaxing baths are really pretty good, I've found that taking a relaxing bath tends to calm and relax me too.

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  2. Honestly, sleep is my number one stress reduction technique. I always feel better if I just stop and take a long nap. Actually my body forces me to nap when I stress. It won't stay awake.

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    1. That is totally understandable, your body is saying, "take a nap and chill".

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  3. Summer in particular, can get so extra stressful. You are correct though. Doing a mini vacation is just a state of mind. We all should be mindful that we may need to take some steps back and turn our thoughts elsewhere when the present is overwhelming!

    Nicely done.

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    1. Yes that's true. You do need to sometimes take a step back and it doesn't hurt.

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  4. I could use a mini vacation. Right now mine involves my bath tub every single night and its the only thing that relaxes me and helps me destress when i need it most! - jeanine

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    1. A nice hot bath is actually not bad at all and I love them myself.

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  5. I find that getting up from my desk every few hours, taking a walk around, or doing some situps or pushups to get the blood flowing really helps my stress level. And even better if I am near nature and get get in a 15-20 minute walk through some flowers or grass. Yumm.

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    1. Oh nature is really stress relieving. I find going for a nice quick walk really helps me.

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  6. I learned something new - a banana will help you destress some? I love it. I love bananas and now will have to be sure I'm stocked up. My relax place is out by the pool...alone...and now I iwll take a frozen banana!

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    1. You better stock up then! We love our bananas too and relaxing poolside sounds really good.

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  7. Great ideal for destressing. I am trying to add more nutritious foods to my diet and relax with my own thoughts in the evening. You have to make your own health a priority,

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    1. Oh you most certainly need to make your healthy a priority and eating healthy is a start in that direction.

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  8. This is great! My boyfriend and I just took off for an overnight in a cabin - just to rejuvenate. Been a lot on our plate this last month and we needed that time. I came home feeling rejuvenated for sure and now off to rejuvenate by the ocean with my teen and her friend tonight!

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    1. Oh that sounds really good. I need an overnight in a cabin myself and the beach sounds amazing!

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  9. Great post. I have stress every single day all day long and wish I could figure out ways to get a mini vacation.

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    1. That also want sound good at all. You lost certainly do need a mini vacation.

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  10. I only have two kids and sometimes it feels like I have 10! To de-stress I like to go for a short walk alone. For me even 10 minutes in the shower uninterrupted is all I need.

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    1. Oh I can relate. I have a 4yr old that makes me feel like I have 4 kids in 1 l. I wish I could have an uninterrupted shower, but that's almost impossible.

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  11. I have to agree, a mini vacation can do so much good for the stresses of daily life! When I can't get away I give myself 5 minutes to meditate!

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    1. And sometimes 5 minutes is all that you need.

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  12. Ahhhhh a mini-vacation sounds like a dream! But since that can't always happen, I'm a huge fan of mediation. Also a nice bubble bath and a glass of wine can do the trick when I'm stressed to the max!

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    1. Doesn't a nice bubble bath and a big glass of wine make everything feel better? I know for me it does.

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  13. I'm sorry to hear you're been so stressed lately. This time of year always gets me! It's joyful too.
    Exercise, deep breathing, fruits and vegetables... that helps me.

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    1. Yes I've been going through a lot lately and I'm just trying to relax myself. I went to a class recently and they really stressed deep breathing and exercises along with a lot of time out. :)

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  14. While not the safest "mini vacation", I love to take walks at night and listen to music. We live near Lake Michigan and while I was a sahm I would put the boys in the stroller and we'd take a long walk along the lake, they usually fell asleep and I got to relax (no music while walking with the kids though).

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    1. Late night walks aren't that bad at all. I would sometimes get up early in the morning and go for runs. It tends to relax me. I'm always better after a run.

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  15. Running has been a great way for me to destress. Sometimes I just want to hang out on the couch and watch some tv. Changing up the mini vacation sometimes can help keep it from becoming part of the boring routine.

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    1. That's what gets us, routine! Changing it up every once in a while can actually help.

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  16. When I have a lot of work to get done, I like to take short breaks. The 10 minutes for a walk makes a big difference!

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    1. Sometimes all you need is a 10 minute break. I'm happy to hear that it works for you.

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  17. Traveling has been my stress reliever. Really helps me a lot to concentrate

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    1. Traveling is my stress reliever too. I just love it!

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  18. I definitely try to avoid my trigger points, but when I can't, I try to manage how much exposure I have to deal with at a time. It helps.

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    1. As long as you know your triggers and can minimize them, then that's great!

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  19. Thank you for this post, it couldn't have come at a more needed time. You made so many great suggestions. Thank you for the share.

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    1. And thank you for stopping by Ashleigh.

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