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Destress Your Life With These Five Things!

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 2/27/18 11:02 AM


Life is stressful and if you don't find yourself needing a little help to de-stress sometimes then, well, you're not human. For all you humans out there, you're gonna need to check these out!

If you tend to get stressed a little easier than some, the thought of moving and actually volunteering in Central America, Asia, Europe (or one of these other awesome ILP countries) may make you break a little sweat...even if it's your dream! Don't let that stress keep you from going.

Ease some of those nerves and check out these eight ways ILP takes care of their volunteers!


When you find yourself starting to get stressed, don't sit there and be miserable, use these 5 ways to help you relax!

Five Ways To De-stress Your Life:

  1. Turn your phone off
  2. Eat a banana
  3. Practice some yoga
  4. Go for a 10 minute walk
  5. Get a good nights rest

Turn off your phone

Phones are a huge part of our society now, but they're also proven to be one of the biggest stressers in our lives. Power it off (completely off, not just silenced) and leave it in the other room for an amount of time. Try it for 30 minutes and then work your way up to being phoneless for 3 hours. You can do it! You might even want to set a reminder on your phone to do this so that every evening at 7 PM you know it's "offline time". 

All your texts, phone calls and social medias can wait while you tap back into real life (but when you do turn it back on, make sure you follow the ILP Instagram for some awesome pictures and stories you'll enjoy)!


Eat a banana

I know, it's so random, but it really works! Potassium helps regulate blood pressure which tends to spike when you're stressed. It will not only help the stress, it'll also help improve your energy (which will help you recover quicker).

Practice some yoga

Every morning or every night, do some yoga. If you've never done yoga, check out these beginner moves! Yoga is a great time to turn off your mind to the world and just relax.

Go for a 10 minute walk

Alone! Take some time for yourself. Find a pretty area, leave your phone in the car (unless you prefer to listen to a podcast or music while walking) and shut your mind off. 


Get a good night's rest

So important! If you don't get enough rest, your mind is gonna be frazzled and won't function as well as it could have. When you're trying to get stuff done, that's a sure fire way to let stress overtake  you. Take some of these tips to get a some good sleep (even if you have some loud people in your house)!


De-stressing your life can only be good. Stressing less can help you do things you never thought you'd be able to do like volunteer with ILP and live in Ukraine, go backpacking Europe or ride an elephant in China!

You can also live out your dream of participating in one of our humanitarian programs! Volunteer in orphanages in Romania and Haiti or teach English in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Costa Rica! Get more information about each country below!

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