Ways to De-Stress
De-stressing. Wouldn’t it be nice! We’re all busy, but sometimes it becomes too much to handle. Your job is seriously stressing you out, or you have lots going on at home. Whatever the case, you’re not sure if you’ll make it through this week.
I’m Kidding of course, but sometimes it feels that way!
Right now, it feels like you have a lot of factors working against you. If you can just overcome this or that, you’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel and begin your journey to becoming de-stressed.
The Importance of De-Stressing
Reducing stress in your everyday life is vital for maintaining your overall health. It can improve your mood, boost immune function, promote longevity and allow you to be more productive.
When you let your stress get the best of you, you put yourself at risk of developing a range of illnesses – from the common cold to severe heart disease, and therefore has a powerful impact on your health and well-being.
Relief and relaxation is the process of de-stressing – and your body with thank you for it.
Relaxing Exercise Routine
Whether it’s stretching exercises, yoga, or a moving meditation, a short routine like this is ideal.
You address three things in one go:
- You get fifteen minutes to yourself
- Improved blood flow to your head and around your body
- Your tight muscles start to stretch as you relax
Rather than choosing a fifteen-minute power yoga session to “make it worthwhile,” find something that feels good and that allows you to be centred and relaxed. Don’t worry about how many calories you’ll burn, or not burn; this is purely for pleasure.
There are plenty of guided videos on YouTube, so you don’t even need to go to a class to reap the relaxing benefits of de-stressing.
Taking a Trip
Sometimes we just need to take a break from stress long enough to disrupt the body’s stress response cycle. When was your last holiday or short break? You may even want to purchase a holiday home and then get back into the action.
For quicker options to escape ‘in the moment’, you can go out for a walk or take a bike ride, enjoy a movie or catch up with a friend to do something you both enjoy. With these ideas for quick breaks, you’ll have several ideas from which to choose.
No matter how small it is, get out of the house and get something done that makes you feel good. Haven’t brushed your hair properly in a month? Go to the salon and get a hair treatment. Shoulders are tired and achy? Get some acupuncture or a massage.
Try soaking your feet in a tub of hot water with Epsom Salt while listening to a podcast, relaxing music, or an audiobook. You want this to be an enjoyable timeout so listen to your body and let it tell you what it wants.
Even when the budget doesn’t allow for an indulging, remember that you are fully qualified and capable of looking after yourself. De-stressing doesn’t have to cost the earth, and as we’ve seen here today, can sometimes be free!
Stop Gossiping and Express Gratitude
We’ve all been there, even though we know it makes us feel terrible and accomplishes nothing. Instead, talk about your latest achievements or something fabulous you noticed someone else doing. Tell your friend that you love what she’s been doing lately and ask her what she’s learned from it.
Not only might you learn something new, but showing gratitude and appreciation is the quickest and easiest way to feel excited and alive. Do you ever notice how you light up when you’re pumped about something? How you start talking three times faster and can’t even express in words how happy it makes you?
We could all benefit from raising each other up and celebrating accomplishments and it would lead to building strong, happy, and powerful relationships.
I hope this has given some helpful tips and ideas on your journey to relaxation, and finally banishing stress from the busy moments in your life.