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How to Destress During Quarantine Baker Grace Style

Quarantine has definitely tested me in a lot of ways and I helped me figure out how to conquer my anxiety. The most beneficial thing I’ve ever done for myself was find activities and spaces where I let myself be happy, carefree, and at peace. No matter what happens in life, I know these things will always be there to keep me grounded. Life becomes much less stressful and overwhelming when you have things that you know will make you feel good no matter what.

  1. Cooking 

I love to cook and I love to eat. The feeling of peace that comes with putting on my favorite song and making a good meal is priceless. I always consider it a form of meditation because when I’m cooking, I’m not thinking about anything else but what I’m doing. It lets me be super creative too. I love to come up with new recipes and different combinations. In the picture I made one of my favorite breakfasts: PB and J overnight oats. It’s super simple to make and you put in it the fridge at night and it’s ready to eat in the morning.

Recipe:

½ cup oats

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon peanut butter

½ tablespoon maple syrup

1 cup of almond, oat, or macadamia milk

Top With:

Strawberries, bananas, and cinnamon

2.  Writing Music

The piano is my safe place. I will start by finding a chord pattern I love and humming melodies. When I start feeling a vibe, I pick a story I want to tell and the rest of the song unfolds. If I am not feeling particularly creative or the words aren’t flowing naturally, I just sit and play different chords, riffs, or classical pieces to calm me down. The worst thing I can do is try to force a song when it isn’t happening naturally – it just leads to frustration. If I’m passionate enough about what I’m writing, it comes easily. It feels like the song was already written and I’m just bringing it to life.

3. Puppy Love 

It has been nice to have someone in the house who has no idea what is going on and still just wants to play all day. But in all seriousness, we can learn something from the unconditional love our pets give us. My dog (Royce) just does whatever he wants to do and doesn’t care what anyone thinks about it, and it encourages me to do the same. He also gets me outside and out of bed on the hard days, and you can’t underestimate how much even a quick walk can change your perspective.

4. Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and Meditation changed my life completely. The power of knowing your body and having control over your thoughts and intentions is limitless. It also just feels so good to stretch, move, and release tension. We hold so much tension inside our bodies and inside our heads. When I uncover those stresses and the cause of those stresses and learn how to move and breathe in a way that releases them, I feel a warm light washing over me. I get a fresh and clear perspective again.

      5.  Routine

I think finding a routine to stick to is probably the most beneficial way to distress. Once everything is scattered and unorganized, it is hard not to feel overwhelmed. I start every morning with a cup of drip coffee with oat milk (my favorite) and read a book. It’s a good way to wake up the mind slowly and it’s nice to enjoy the world of the book before I have to enter the real world. Here, I am reading “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison and below I will put some other books I have read during quarantine that I highly recommend!

  1. Educated by Tara Westover
  2. The Color of Water by James Mcbride
  3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  4. Incognito by David Eaglemen
  5. The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Baker Grace’s new single “Up All Night” is out to the world today. Her sophomore EP Yourz Truly is set to release on August 28. Give her a listen and let us know what you think!

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photo by: Jamie Noise
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