If you're feeling the weight of the past few months (or, ahem, years), you're not alone. And you're not overreacting, either. Psychologists agree that it's totally valid to internalize all the bad news we're getting hit with on a near-daily basis, and it can really affect your state of mind . too.
You can not make the bad news go away, but you can get away with it from time to time. go off the grid or sequester yourself on a desert island, look for small ways to carve out a safe space where you can turn off the negativity and tune into positive vibes. [1
"I'm all about listening to calming classical music while laying down by the light." of a good candle.
-Jessica W., 34
"When I Really Need To Get In The Zone, I Listen To Some Music And Listen." to some French or Spanish dance music. I recently got myself the coolest bluetooth Marshall Stanmore speakers $ 240,
-Saba K., 28
Find a calming lighting scheme
"I keep plants and colorful flowers everywhere, and have a ridiculous amount of cushion pillows, a floor pillow and a kilometer.
"I have a bunch of LED lights left over from my recent wedding. Instead of getting rid of them I scattered them on various shelves and lanterns around our living room.
-Amanda B., 28
"A trick. I have a bunch of twinkling 'candles' around it do it make my home a stress-free place is turn off all the lights-I prefer soft, yellow lights over, white lights which make me very nervous-and listen to sea wave sounds on YouTube. It really relaxes me!
-Maha H., 24
Hide your phone in the other room, shut off notifications, or turn it off completely.
"I make sure to turn my phone off and place it in the other room so no beep, buzzes or rings interrupt my time."
"I've been testing Google's pixels booth $ 79, which I placed next to my bed. I have it set so that soon as I put my phone on the wireless charging dock, it goes into do not disturb mode, silencing notifications until my alarm goes off in the morning. No more getting tempted by texts after bedtime or awoken by update notifications. "
-Amanda S., 37
Surround yourself with feel-good
"I've got a massage at a stupidly ritzy hotel not too long ago (at emergency 'treat yourself' moment), and smelled the room so lovely that I asked the woman at the front desk afterward. I've spent nearly 30 bucks on the tiniest little bottle. Kanya Root Chakra Essential Oil Blend $ 28, in my diffuser and it instantly calms me and takes me back, in some small way, to that day of self-care that was so peaceful. It was worth it! "
-Jacqueline A., 26
" I'm a proponent of lighting a candle and letting the scent help create a relaxing environment. My favorite one at the moment is Smith & Hawken's Moss and Thyme candle $ 13. If a candle could make you feel cozy, it's this one.
-Jeffrey C., 27
"I have officially succumbed to the cult of aromatherapy diffusers and fall into love with the AromaOm Deluxe diffuser $ 130, from the Canadian brand Saje . All it takes is a few drops of oil to infuse the apartment with relaxing vibes. It reminds me of being in a yoga studio on a quiet, calm morning. My favorite blends are Liquid Sunshine $ 17, which smells very fresh and citrus-y, and Unwind $ 17, a blend of bergamot and lavender. "
-Talia A. , 25
"I love burning incense sticks and candles – I'm really into the Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Scented Soy Candles $ 13, at the moment. "
" Making my home a smell good place is key. I'm a huge advocate for scent plug in oil warmers, scent diffusers, etc. It's a whole lot harder to stress when your home smells like your favorite things, like freshly-baked cookies or cinnamon apples.
-Taylyn WH, 23
"I like keeping a candle lit-I usually go with the season so I'm planning on buying cinnamon or pine tree scent soon."
-Amanda M., 27
"Lately I've been using the Trader Joe's Vanilla Pumpkin candle which is a price that can not be beat at $ 4. But my absolute favorite candle is Canopy by Otherland, $ 36, which smells of fig, ivy greens, and mint. "
Write-in a journal, or in fancy script .
"I spend so much time using my computer either to work or to catch up on everything. Same goes for my phone. When I want to cut back on stress, I put away all technology, light a candle, and practice hand lettering. Tangible really soothing and, honestly, fun. It reminds me that my hands are good for more than just typing and scrolling. Plus, it stops me reading terrible news on Twitter for a few hours. "
-Zahra B., 29
" I leave my journal and my favorite pen on my nightstand. That way, when I'm feeling particularly anxious I can write down a few sentences-or more often than not, a few pages.
Get cozy under a blanket to see what you can do watch a movie or read a book with a warm cup of tea
"Whenever I feel like things are getting too much, I'll pour myself a glass of red wine, some comfort food – Pomeranian and watch a show (19659043) Big Little Lies ). I make sure my phone is nowhere in sight because I do not want to be disturbed. This is me time. "
-Haya Y., 29
" When the news is too much I dive into a good book or put on an old I'm currently re-reading The Magnolia Story which is a feel-good autobiography from the couple's Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV Show Fixer Upper . It's a great story about what a hard work can do for small town dreamers-I find it completely uplifting. One of my favorite classic films is Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner from the 1940s, and avocado mask from Peach & Lily $ 2, which is great for my sensitive skin! "
-Cristina C., 29
Calm Calm That I listen to when I'm stressed and do some of their exercises."
"One of the things my roommate and I do at home to de-stress is drink tea-a lot. Conveniently, I've got to be big in a raffle for SMEG products, so I decided to take this home Dolce and Gabbana electric kettle $ 650, that's completely in love with. Drinking a cup of Earl Gray is the perfect way to wind down after a really long day. "
-Tiffany D., 29
There's nothing more calming than coming home to a clean space.
"I'll clean my entire apartment, put on a '70s playlist and slap on a face mask in no particular order. I'm loving Summer Fridays' Jet Lag Mask . It makes you forget that you have pores. "
-summer L., 25
" There are so many little things I like to play with at home, like zebra cakes or marzipan , or practicing on hour-long yoga routine . Rage cleaning also works! "
-Prisca E., 29
" Whenever life and work is a measure of my impulse, at least keep my home nice and organized. That way I can handle the clutter one at a time. "
-Noor I., 24
" I immediately feel like I come home to a space that's clean and tidy. That's why I try to leave my apartment, hanging up my clothes and doing the dishes. These little chores often take up more time than I'd like, but in the end they are worth it. "
" If I'm feeling tense or if my apartment is a mess, I 'll pick one small area and totally re-organize it. Dump everything out, throw stuff away, rearrange the items in it, make it look nice. I avoid overwhelming myself. "