Hanging out with friends is the BEST way to destress

Wonderful day on Sunday with my friends and family Trinity Park in Fort Worth, TX. I have been fighting bad allergies this past week so I didn’t go out over the weekend. I’ve also been doing online classes and working on that to the point a friend told me I should change my name from Ally Fiesta to Ally Estudiente. That sounds like a good idea when fall comes around and I’ll be a full time student.

I did get a lot done around my home and enjoy the heavy rains (& beautiful tornado sirens Then as I started to review my calendar for this week I decided I just needed to get out of my home and go have some fun. Lucky for me, I knew there was a park party – ugh, yes all the way in Fort Worth – so I got my boho best and headed out to the west.

Beautiful day! I’m really lucky to know a lot of the people that were out there today. It was a reunion and there were 4 stages of music so I brought most of my hula hoops and twirls to every stage. I found myself deserted after doing each of these things with my friends.

1. HUGS! My friends give the best hugs. Nothing like a warm, fuzzy on a sunny day while my go-to disco house track is playing. I really enjoy a good back popping hug as well as the light hug but I LIVE for the group hug. I like doing those just for the sheer goofy factor that we are all grown adult doing a group hug.

When your girl’s outfit matches your hoop and you force her to twirl! A photo posted by AllyFiesta (@allyfiesta) on

2. TWIRLING! Brought out my hula hoops and even got one of my guy friends to be able to get the hoop going around his waist after he said repeatedly, “I can’t. I can’t.” Hold up dear friend, we AmeriCANs NOT Americannots. Remember that! Also got to meet several new skill toy performers and that always is something special about knowing I’m NOT the only person that props enough props for a small circus. I have always found a lot of peace in my hoop flow and like being able to be able to teach others or just connect with them. My friend recorded a hoop jam session during Michael Todd’s with several other hoopers including a young girl. It was awesome. Below is a FREE DOWNLOAD from the man himself. He played all weekend long – so it was a miracle that is was even awake by Sunday! He’s freaking amazing.

3. CONVERSATION! I’ve been friends with several of these folks since I was a teenager but all of us have moved around, gotten families and don’t get to come out like we used to. I was doing one of my rounds around the park and bumped into an old friend I haven’t seen in several years. Being able to talk to my old buddies makes me thankful that I know them and they are still connected to the music that our friendship is built on. Later on I ended up having a super real conversation about fathers with TWO people and I was thought, “Wow, I feel so much better being able to speak freely in a judgement free zone.”

4. BE IN NATURE! Getting some sunshine always helps me destress. I usually enjoy going on hikes with few people and completely resetting myself. Sunday was great because a mini-vacation from Dallas but with so many of friends.

What do you do to destress?

  • Sounds lovely! I’m in south eastern Oklahoma so we’ve been getting some of the storms as well. Wish some of this rain would hold off until summer! 🙂

    • I did find out that the rain has several lakes in the area at capacity so I’m looking forward to boating next month!

  • You are so right! I really needed a fun night out with friends this week and instead gave myself food poisoning! Oh well…next time! It is so important to destress with friends though…it is definitely my go to after many long weeks of work!

  • Friends are so important for our overall health!

    To destress I enjoy curling up with my hubby and daughter to watch a feel-good movie, reading inspiring books or going outside for a walk in nature 🙂

  • Sounds like an amazing weekend! Time with people you care about, being able to be yourself, listen to music and move your body is always the best!

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