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Proven Ways To Get Rid Of Your Election Stress
by TJ Anderson
It’s been a season of lots (and LOTS) of disagreement, but one thing almost all of us can probably agree on: This election season has been seriously stressful.
Today’s the day that things finally wrap up (here’s Nashville voting info, if you need it), but, spoiler alert, that doesn’t mean all that stress is going to miraculously melt away. More than a few of us are probably going to need a little (more likely a lot) of help to get the muscles unclenched and the blood pressure settled, so that we make it to Thanksgiving without permanently furrowed brows.
There are lots of different ways to de-stress, and I have my own favorites. But here, I collected some tried-and-true methods that have been backed up by scientific studies, and added in suggestions on some ways to explore them in Nashville.
Get rid of your election stress
Put in some exercise time
Harvard Medical School says getting in some good exercise “reduces levels of the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.” Sounds good to me. If you’re like me, though, finding time for lengthy workouts is tough, which is why I’ve been intrigued by the new fitness space Quantify Fitness in East Nashville. They say their “smart-gym” method gives you solid results in 10 minutes a week. Sounds kinda like a miracle, but I’m willing to invest 10 minutes into potential health-boosting and stress-relieving miracles.
Grab healthier snacks
They say the potassium in bananas and avocados helps keep your blood pressure even, so you might grab some of those and toss aside the wonderful array of ice creams and chocolates Nashville has to offer. (Sigh.) If you’re a shop-local type, there’s always The Turnip Truck in The Gulch or East Nashville — they’re a homegrown grocery, and carry lots of organic/all-natural items.
Get a massage
Obvious, but tried-and-true — there are few better ways to untangle clenched muscles than a massage. Style Blueprint has a thorough rundown of the best places to get a massage in Nashville, so that might be worth exploring. I’ve heard really good things about the Hot Massage on the Rocks option from O.Liv Body Bar in East Nashville, and they use olive oil as the massage oil there, so it’s sort of like being a healthy snack.
Get out into nature
“Researchers are discovering that surrounding yourself with nature can be one of the most powerful stress-relievers out there.” So says Prevention magazine. I’d believe it — I know the lush landscape around my own home makes me feel calm and happy. (It wasn’t unrelated to why we chose the place.) Fall is a spectacular time to explore nature in Middle Tennessee — here, I gathered up some of the best places in the Nashville area to find beautiful fall foliage. Could be a perfect way to shrug off the stress.
Buy some houseplants
Indoor kid? Odd as it may sound, apparently being around/interacting with indoor plants can have a de-stressing effect. Here’s a study. So, can’t hurt to fill up your living room with some actual living stuff, right? I’ve found that the relatively new FLWR Shop in East Nashville has a pretty good selection of cool houseplants, including cacti for those of us with not-so-green thumbs. But you can always hit the hardware store for a few leafy friends, too.
Do some crafting
I know a lot of people who are diehard DIY-ers — my friends/clients Ellen Mallernee Barnes and Nicole Keiper both wrote guest blogs for me about their own crafty escapades. Apparently keeping your hands busy with craft projects gives you more than blog post fodder. “Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain,” CNN said (and stress was in there too). Thinking about taking on some projects but have no idea where to start? Try exploring Nashville maker space Make Nashville — the collective that runs the place hosts classes, workshops, community nights and other events to encourage making and doing.
Have a stout drink
Hey, sometimes nothing else will do. Something on my list: New Nashville distillery Nashville Craft is hosting a grand opening celebration at their Wedgewood Houston home this Saturday (5 to 8 p.m. at 514 Hagan Street), and you’ll be able to explore their locally made craft spirits, including Crane City gin and Naked Biscuit sorghum spirit. (It's free, but you need to register.) Sounds like a decent way to celebrate with some other Nashville cocktail lovers while supporting a new local distillery and hanging out in a great neighborhood. And maybe dulling a little bit of stress.
Hope some of those suggestions are helpful — if you have some no-fail stress reducers to share, I’d love to see yours too. Leave your thoughts in the comments or on the TJ Anderson Homes Facebook page.
Is thinking about buying or selling a home in Nashville stressing you out? I’d be honored to help take the stress out of the process for you. If you could use some assistance, give me a call or send me an email!
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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