Daily Ways to Unwind and Recharge
The stresses of daily life seem to grow, while our minutes seem to shrink and move faster and faster. It is easy to get swept into days that melt together, and to live with shoulders up at our ears. But this daily struggle is detrimental to our emotional, mental,and physical health. De-stressing and relaxing must be an integral part of every day, even if it I just for a few minutes, so that our health does not falter at the cost of stress.
10 Tips for Self-Care
We’ve gathered 10 ways to de-stress that are free and simple, so that you can integrate one or two (or all of them) into your schedule. Give yourself 5-10 minutes at the start, middle, or end of the day to try these tactics, and see what a difference it can make.
- Breathe- MIndfully breathing for just a few moments can completely reset your body’s response system.
- Take a walk- Getting moving, outside if you can, changes your perspective, gets you away from stress, and provides a way to recalibrate your body and mind, reuniting them through breath and movement.
- Doodle- Drawing pictures just for the fun of it is a great way to get creative ideas moving as well as take you out of the current stressful situation. Whether you are coloring on blank paper, or using one of many adult coloring books available now, doodling and drawing can help.
- Dance- This is just another form of physical movement that will inevitably make you smile, laugh, and take deep breaths, all of which are essential for good health.
- Meditate- Sitting or lying still for even just 5-10 minutes can improve mood, center the mind, calm heart rates, and relax the body.
- Cook- Preparing a meal and enjoying the process is a wonderful way to relax after a long day. Play music and enjoy combining ingredients, it can help you escape from whatever is causing you stress.
- Talk to a loved one- Whether you call a friend, have a Skype or Facetime chat, or just sit face to face and vent, talking things out helps bring perspective and will release thoughts and stress from the confines of your mind.
- Journal- Writing things down instead of keeping them inside is a tried and true method of de-stressing. IT also helps to have a record of the patterns of your moods, what triggers anger or joy, and how you have grown.
- Exercise- Visit the gym, run on a track, take a yoga class, or go to a dance class. Any form of physical exercise brings mood boosting chemicals to your brain, increases your heart rate, releases stress, and helps you live longer!
- Sleep- A good night’s sleep is priceless, especially when you have a high stress job (hello Teachers!) and you need to rejuvenate before attacking the next day.
Use these 10 tips as a starting point to build your own arsenal against stress. Send us a moment or message if you have ideas that we didn’t touch upon. We’d love to hear from you!