Last week, I shared 5 reasons to avoid reacting to stress and I promised a follow up post on how to deal with stress this week.
As it turns out, I’m going to write that post next week – but I didn’t want to leave anyone hanging so today I’m going give some quick tips on how you can use Pinterest to reduce your stress. (That also gives you more time to share your stress reducing tips and possibly get featured in my next post!)
Pinterest has a great many uses.
I personally love creating pinboards because it’s a form of self-expression. I often compare it to how I used to cover my walls as a teenager. Every poster, picture, etc. on my bedroom walls was an outward expression of who I was. I had pictures of Madonna, the B-52′s, the two Corey’s (Haim and Feldmen…in case you’re lost), the original 90210, Paula Abdul and that cartoon cat, plus plenty of others that I can’t recall at the moment. I think I just gave away my age!
Now my self expression includes images of family life, writing, inspiration, places I want to go, blogging, social media, and my new favorite shows and actors…some things never change!
How to use it for reducing stress
Not only is it fun and relaxing to collect images, but looking through the images when I’m feeling stressed is also a great way to help reduce the stress that I’m feeling. I can choose a board such as the Makes Me Smile board or my Humor board to help me laugh or smile. Smiling and laughing actually help us to feel better physically by releasing endorphins. If cats are your thing, then you can find a bajillion images of cats (yes, that’s actually the number of cat pictures on Pinterest).
Other boards I enjoy looking at when I’m feeling stressed are my Places to Go board or my Dream Home board because those help me to open up my mind to the things that I dream of having or going to. It’s impossible to be hopeful and stressed at the same time. It may take a little bit of time to get there, but looking at images is really helpful because we humans are very visual creatures.
If you’re feeling stressed, then visit some of my boards or do a search for something that inspires or humors you. Whether you’re stressed or not start pinning images that you enjoy for later. Start following people who have boards on topics that you love.
Have you used Pinterest for reducing stress before? Have you found it useful? If you haven’t tried it, what do you think of giving it a try?