Stress Less in 2021 & Beyond. Plus, Win a Comfy to Feel Cozy all Day Long. #SheSpeaksLessStress

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 01.14.21
Stress Less in 2021 & Beyond. Plus, Win a Comfy to  Feel Cozy all Day Long. #SheSpeaksLessStress
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2020 was the year that simplicity came back in style. Embrace it! Check out the ways that you can save time - and be less stressed - in 2021 and beyond.

Enter to win one of this year's most popular gifts: The Comfy, a giant sweatshirt/wearable blanket that will make you feel cozy all day long.

Style the way you want to


You made it through a year thinking less about your wardrobe and your makeup. Did you stop blow-drying your hair, streamline your makeup routine or spend less time picking the perfect accessories? Bring back all of the stylizing that truly makes you feel good. But stop doing everything you do because you think you "should."

If being cozy is your jam, you're not alone. Wearing sweatpants all day, or even PJs, has become the uniform for so many. Try The Comfy, a giant sweatshirt/wearable blanket. It not only keeps you warm, it also makes you feel like you are being hugged all day. Wear it while you are working from home, walking the dog, or just curled up on the couch after a long day. Automatic de-stress. Enter below to win your choice of Comfy! 

Self-Care, the Modern Way


Even when you don't have the time - or the energy - to do everything you need to lower your stress level, there are still small things you can do to take care of yourself.

Think of one thing each day that makes you feel good and incorporate it into your daily life. For some, that's a walk around the block with a friend, watching a favorite show while folding the laundry, or listening to a podcast while making dinner. (We highly recommend our favorite podcast, SheSpeaks: How She Does It). For others, it's trying out a face mask or giving yourself a manicure. (Find out easy how-to tips here!) No matter what it is that you like to do, put it on your calendar, even if it's just for a few minutes each day.

Also, make sure to have a bedtime ritual that you look forward to. End each day listening to your favorite playlist, drinking a warm de-caffinated drink, or trying  aromatherapy. If you have extra time, check out these simple tips to make a bath soak or body scrub using ingredients you likely already have. Ending each day calmly will help you sleep and feel more energized the next morning.

At Home Basics


Take the stress out of cooking. If you have an Air Fryer or an Instant Pot, you know what time-savers they can be. And the Always Pan was one of the most-talked about new items last year since it combines multiple types of cookwear into one handy piece.

But if you don't have those items - or even if you do - there are still plenty of ways to worry less about meal prep - without resorting to takeout. One idea: Make sure to have leftovers. On the nights when you do have the time to cook, double your recipe. Make two meatloafs, or cook extra chicken. You can freeze the leftovers or save them in the fridge for a night when you know you'll be busy.

Also: try themed nights. Half the challenge of cooking is deciding what to make. When you know that Monday is pasta, Tuesday is tacos, Wednesday is fish and Thursday is stir-fry, there is much less thought involved. Plus, it's much quicker to shop when you have standard ingredients each week.

To make cooking feel like more of an activity and less of a chore, try cooking with family or friends, virutally. When SheSpeaks staffer, Susan, missed celebrating the holidays with the special foods her mom always makes, she decided to cook together. Both she and her mom got the ingredients in advance and then her mom walked her through how to make the dishes. "It was so much fun to chat while we cooked, and then to show each other our final products - which looked very different from each other!"

What are you doing to feel less stress this year? Tell us to win your choice of Comfy!

#SheSpeaksSimple Giveaway

*One person will be chosen at random to receive a Comfy, in their choice of color and style.Giveaway is open through January 31, 2021 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

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  • JPAL7573 By JPAL7573
    01.14.21  

    zoom with friends and family so i dont feel so alone

  • jonilosmom By jonilosmom
    01.14.21  

    I listen to podcasts to relax.

  • NandaG By NandaG
    01.14.21  

    I am trying to take one day at a time to deal with stress.

  • ghpc70 By ghpc70
    01.14.21  

    More me time - reading books.

  • ashagner By ashagner
    01.14.21  

    not setting high goals

  • jenniferklochdavis By jenniferklochdavis
    01.14.21  

    More self care, hiking, less Facebook, more family time. 

  • maspenpa By maspenpa
    01.14.21  

    I'm not setting unattainable, high stress goals. Accomplishing things one day at a time.

  • katers2714 By katers2714
    01.14.21  

    Trying to focus on doing less and focusing more on family.

  • cusesoftie By cusesoftie
    01.14.21  

    I'm not going to stores as many times as I normally would and spending more quality time with my family.

  • tumcsec By tumcsec
    01.14.21  

    I’m doing at home physical therapy right now for a hip replacement. My therapist told me when I’m doing something that causes a lot of pain to take a deep breath and release while I’m in motion. It works for stress too. I turn the news off often too. It can be a terrible stressor.

  • satrntgr By satrntgr
    01.14.21  

    I'm keeping it simple through prayer. Not stressing and just enjoying each day!

  • mrsquick06 By mrsquick06
    01.14.21  

    I am walking our dog more to feel less stress. Even a lap or two with him around our block helps to ease my mind. 

  • Luckydee5 By Luckydee5
    01.14.21  

    Would love to win to start off a new year!
     

  • Gabbiecat By Gabbiecat
    01.14.21  

    I so need to feel comfy and relaxed 😌.  Life...

  • itselainey By itselainey
    01.14.21  

    Not stress about annoying coworkers!

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