Wellness and stress-busting pretty much go hand in hand, so it’s fair to say we could all benefit from a bit less stress. Thankfully, there’s more than one way to make that a reality. In fact, I’ve come up with a few ways to reduce stress and hope they are helpful to combat those let’s not talk about then, wish that was over days.
From occasionally putting your phone down to a hug, there’s something here for everyone. Try one, or try them all, and look forward to a healthier, happier, less stressful life.
DE-STRESSING IDEAS (YOUR WELCOME)
Go outside. Fresh air and nature have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, we all know to well when we go to the beach feel the sand inbetween our toes, the salty breeze and taking time to admire an endless horizon can make the most stressed of us relax into a calm place. Fresh air and a walk in nature can be so therapeutic for our stressed selves.
Same goes for exercise. Do more of it to feel better mentally and physically, I’ve found doing Pilates four times a week and walking has made me feel stronger and the routine of it is DE-STRESSING as it brings organisation and clarification into my life. I mix it up with weights and lower upper body workouts that make me feel so amazing. It doesn’t have to cost the earth when you can do it from home or use local parks or beaches. Destress and get into some exercise for yourself.
Take a break from social media. At least for a few days. It can be an unrealistic place. Even though I blog I take days off to just get back to the reason I love it, I pay more attention to my life and family. It’s really good for the soul and DE-STRESSING your daily load of social media can be quite refreshing we are all only human after all.
Get a massage. This is a powerful stress busting tool, if you can make it a regular part of your routine and take time out for a massage it will reset and relax a hurried busy mind and body.
Try some deep-breathing exercises to start your day. For example morning breathing, try this exercise when you first get up in the morning to relieve muscle stiffness and clear clogged breathing passages. Then use it throughout the day to relieve back tension.
- From a standing position, bend forward from the waist with your knees slightly bent, letting your arms dangle close to the floor.
- As you inhale slowly and deeply, return to a standing position by rolling up slowing, lifting your head last.
- Hold your breath for just a few seconds in this standing position.
- Exhale slowly as you return to the original position, bending forward from the waist.
- Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise
Take that well-earned vacation. Most adults are overworked and overwhelmed, and they are not taking all the time off they’ve earned. Do yourself a favour when life’s overbearing, if your a parent or a mum at home taking care of her children and need a break get creative with your partner for some time out even a day start small and work your way up.
Download a meditation app like Headspace or Calm. I personally have the app Insight Timer it’s been a life saver on days where I needed to de-stress and be more present. It’s so effective you can pick and choose different meditations and join community’s and groups it’s marvellous.
See a comedy show or rent a funny movie. Laughing can reduce stress, relieve tension and improve mood. I’ve found if you enjoy a good laugh, laughter is sometimes all it takes to snap you out of a stressful state of mind.
Get more sleep. Some of us can’t get enough sleep and this can cause stress related problems whether it’s the kids, your partner snoring, the neighbours dog barking or just for medical reasons. It’s so important to get a good dose of sleep, try work out a way to get those precious sleep time Zzz’s
Drink green tea. It contains an amino acid that gives off a calming affect and reduce stress. Make sure to sip on some green tea regularly for a nice calming de-stress.
Stretch to relax your body and mind.
- Neck circles – Sit up tall with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed down away from your ears. Begin to circle the head toward the left shoulder. Inhale around the back and exhale around the front. Use the breath to release tension from tight areas. Repeat toward the right shoulder.
- Rag doll – From a standing position fold forward and reach toward the toes. Allow your head and neck to relax, and allow gravity to lengthen the spine. Grab on to each elbow and gently swing the body side to side to loosen up the lower back.
- Reclined spinal twist. Lie flat on your back and pull the knees to the chest. Place both arms straight out at shoulder height. Lower the legs to the left all the way to the floor and turn the head to the right. Exhale as you allow your body to relax further into the twist. Repeat lowering the legs to the right and turning the head to the left.
- Legs up the wall – Lie flat on your back and bring your tailbone as close to the wall as is comfortable. Swing both legs up extended straight and rest the heels on the wall. Allow your circulation to flow back to the heart as you rest your legs and decompress the spine.
- Lower back circles – Lie flat on your back and pull the knees to the chest. Bring your hands to your knees and begin to circle the legs in one direction. Gently massage out the lower back muscles against the floor. Repeat in the other direction.
- Anxiety soother – Lie on your belly with the forehead resting on the back of the hands. Relax the shoulders away from the ears. Turn the feet out and rest them on the inner edges to open the hips. Breathe deeply into your belly and use each exhale to relax further into the floor.
Rekindle an old hobby like drawing, knitting or woodworking. Ive had many hobbies that have been truly satisfying and for filling especially driftwood creations I enjoyed the process and creating some amazing peices for family and friends, make sure you try this because it truly worked for me and it was a pleasant DE-STRESSING tool.
Start a gratitude journal to remind yourself of the positives in life. A gratitude is a diary of things for which one is grateful. Gratitude Journals are used by individuals who wish to focus their attention on the positive things in their lives. Gratitude, the feeling of appreciation or thanks, has gained a lot of attention in the field of positive psychology.
Listen to music while commuting or working. The right playlist can boost mood and increase energy. Self explanatory: play your uplifting music to get you started for the day whether it’s metal or opera if it makes you vibrate higher and boost your mood, why not!
Take a walk during your lunch break.
Try a diffuser. Aromatherapy can be an effective stress-reliever.
Eat some antioxidant-rich dark chocolate to lower stress hormones in your body.
Unclutter your desk and your home. My space is uniquely suited to me, it is a place to round up ideas and think about life and everything else important to me at the time, so if it’s organised it makes thought processes much easier. It’s stressful looking at mess and once cleaned and simpifyed your office, it can be very DE-STRESSING.
Get some sun. Vitamin D is a powerful mood booster.
Get more omega-3’s from sources like salmon and avocado. They can reduce stress and anxiety.
Spend more time with happy, positive people.
“Positive people can excert a measurable and ongoing influence on your health behaviours in a way that a diet never can,”
Spend less time with the people who bring you down. Create boundaries. Miserable people love company and some people are more than happy to drag you down with them. Confront them, spend less time with them, or say goodbye to them. Life is short so surround yourself with people and experiences that lift you up, not bring you down
Start a garden to slow down and connect with nature. Even gardening itself can be very DE-STRESSING and calming.
Dance to reduce stress and boost serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that effects our moods dancing can be an amazing serotonin booster, get moving.
Talk it out. Sharing your stress with a therapist or loved one can be very therapeutic. Ive always enjoyed having a good Deep and Meaningful and can only seem to do this with a select few because they respect my feelings and vs versus. Talking out your feelings with someone you trust can elevate even the most stressful situation.
Pet or play with an animal.
Chew gum. It can reduce stress, fatigue and depression and promote a more positive mood.
Stop procrastinating. It’ll just make you more stressed later.
Hug someone. Studies show physical intimacy is a great coping mechanism. Everybody deals with stress nowadays. But not everyone knows there’s a drug-free treatment out there and it’s all about warm and fluffy embraces. And the longer the better! Studies indicate that a great hug can decrease the cortisol levels in your body. Probably one of the best anti-anxiety remedies too!
I hope you enjoyed reading some stress-less tactics please feel free to comment on how you deal with stress I’d love to hear your ideas. Cassie xo