My top 5 stress busting tips will help you battle the growing hit on your adrenals and help you relax and refocus, even for just a little while. If you live in the world today chances are you have (or are) experiencing stress of some kind – its inevitable – or is it? Wouldn’t we all like to live on a beautiful sandy beach with the cool ocean just lapping at our toes as we walk slowly and count or blessings, or perhaps you more of a get off the beaten track, live in a tiny house or cabin away from society and live off the land kind of person. I think I would take either of those right now. We live in a world of stress and some times it is even thought of as a badge of honor!
The world today is not one that is built for a relaxed lifestyle (in general of course) there’s social media for a start which doesn’t just stop at Facebook or Instagram, we but also tend to over schedule or lives, or our children’s lives and don’t think about the cost to our health and the growing stress on ourselves and our families.
So here are just a few handy tips to help you beat your stress:
- Schedule time with a special friend or family member you love to hang out with. Actually scheduling this time will give it purpose and meaning and allow you to add it to your calendar or day timer and make room for it. This special time will give you the mental break you need, make it a time of laughter and catching up rather than a time you simply listen to each others though! This is very important, don’t get into the habit of using this time to moan and grumble – this is your happy time with someone you love.
- If you don’t currently practice any form of yoga or mediation then now is the time to get on board. It really is as simple as taking 5 or 10 minutes out of your day, find somewhere quiet, close your eyes and calm your busy mind. How do you quieten the mind you might ask? For a quick tip I recommend closing your eyes, notice your breathing and focus on an area of your body that you want to work on – for example by visualising your gut, or by placing both hands on your abdomen and focusing on peace and calmness you will quieten this area and allow it to calmly do its job (digestion) or by focusing on your throat for example if you need to say something but feel you cant this will give you the strength to face whatever it is you need to say and give power to your voice.
- Get outside! As soon is summer is over we all seem to go into hibernation mode and bundle ourselves up from the cold. But we still need Vitamin D and the sun is still shining so put on a warm coat, gloves and a hat and go for a walk outside, even a 20 minute walk will fill your lungs with fresh air and your mind with bright thoughts.
- Spoil yourself – in whatever way works for you. It could be a hot bubble bath, an evening with your loved one watching your favourite movie, a weekend away, or simply taking the afternoon off and reading a book in the comfort of your favourite chair – it doesn’t have to be expensive to take a lot of time as long as you enjoy it and you feel that you have taken time for yourself.
- Help someone else. By helping others we put our own live into perspective, we focus on someone else and not ourselves for a short time. By helping others we are putting good back into our communities and giving ourselves time to reconnect with the things that are important, be that helping a family member, helping out at a local event, working in a community garden, or simply sitting and reading to someone who cant do this for themselves.
- BONUS tip – and the one that will have the most power change in your life – EAT WELL. This tip is a bonus because its a hard one to implement for most people but it is critical to beating stress. To beat stress head on we need to eat a wholefoods diet free of sugar, additives, preservatives, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), fast food, caffeine, soft drinks and a large amount of red meat. If we are eating local, organic foods with lots of green leafy vegetables we are not only DE-stressing our bodies but we are also DE-stressing our environment.