What to Do to Relieve Stress
We live in a fast-paced world where sometimes it never seems to slow down. Finding some peace and ways to unwind can be challenging.
Equally as challenging is finding or making the time to do so. It’s easy to fall into the trap of routine and never make time for yourself. Having to always be on the go can easily frazzle one’s nerves and lead to burn-out, exhaustion and just plain being stressed to the max. So, what is one to do about all of this?
The first and most simple thing you can do is simply breathe. If you find yourself in a state of stress, you can do this right where you are in that moment. Simply smell the flowers, breathe in through your nose, then blow out the candles, exhale through your mouth. Doing this several times will circulate more oxygen into your lower lungs and cause you to relax more. Most people tend to breathe very shallow when they’re stressed out. If you do deliberate deep breaths, you’ll find you can relieve stress pretty quickly. There are also other types of breathing exercises, such as those found in yoga and meditation. Find one that works for you and remember to use it when you feel stressed.
Get A Good Night’s Sleep
It may seem obvious, but when you don’t get enough sleep or good quality sleep you can be irritable. Anyone can. It’s important to get a good quality night’s rest in order to function at our optimal the next day. A restless night can leave us struggling to get through the day. That in itself can cause stress. If you can’t sleep because you’re stressed, that will just pile onto the next day and make things worse. In order to get a good night’s rest there are several things you should do. First, don’t eat too late. If you do, your body will spend energy trying to digest the food, rather than winding down for the night. Also, don’t use your cell phone to surf the web, text, check in on social media, etc. If you do use your phone, there are plenty of apps out there that can help you relax enough to sleep well.
If you’re someone who works in an office or spends most of your day inside, get outdoors, even if it’s just for 20 or 30 minutes at lunch time. Take a walk in the park, sit by the water, or go anywhere you can be outdoors for a refresher from Mother Nature. If you’re someone who usually powers through lunch at your desk, take a break! Pushing yourself too hard for too long will only lead to more stress and possibly stress related illness. So put on those walking shoes and get outside. Go feed the ducks, dip your toes in the sand, lay in the grass and look at the sky, listen to the birds, etc. You get the idea. The point is to take a break from the grind and let nature help relax you.
Find What Works
Stress relief is not a one size fits all remedy. You may need to explore various methods to find what works best for you. For some, yoga and meditation do the trick. For others a long walk, jog, bike ride or vigorous workout at the gym will do it. For others, lighting a candle, writing a poem, listening to music or watching a relaxing movie works. Whatever you find works for you, stick with it. You will find you’ll be at your optimum when you are well rested and stress free.