Unfortunately stress is a big part of our everyday life, so it’s vital to implement daily measures to counteract any stress and anxiety and to increase our overall health and happiness.
Longterm stress has some serious impact on our mind and body, including creating digestive problems, headaches, nausea, illness, mental health issues and even increases the risk of having a heart attack.
I’ve been a longtime sufferer of anxiety and as a person with a typical type A personality, stress and anxiety are two things I’ve had to learn to be mindful of and try to counteract.
If you are like me and need to chill out, here’s 3 things I try to do everyday to relax and de-stress:
In 2016, join me by committing to a minimum of 15 minutes per day of total quiet time, where you can breathe, relax, let go and calm the mind.
If possible, do it first thing in the morning by getting up before the kids, family, emails and other pressures of the day begin and sit on a comfy pillow while you do some deep breathing. You can listen to great meditation apps like the Smiling Mind to guide you, or recite your own mantras.
A great one I like to try daily is “I can handle everything that comes my way.”
Exercise is great for many reasons, from helping to maintain a healthy weight, to strengthening the body, increasing fitness and releasing endorphins that help us feel great about ourselves.
There’s something so calming about putting your headphones in and going for a run or by taking your mind off the day and focusing on lifting heavier and pushing yourself to a whole new fitness level.
If you ever feel stressed or overwhelmed, head outside your office at lunch and go for a walk or a jog and you’ll be amazed at how it can really help you refocus and clear your mind.
When all seems to be going a little crazy, it’s important to spend a few moments each day counting your blessings and being grateful for your personal achievements and the lucky things you have in your life.
You could be grateful for little things like your warm bed, beautiful food, or a project you totally killed at work. Your life is filled with so many positives so try to focus on them!
Do you suffer from chronic stress or anxiety? How do you try to combat it? Comment and share your tips below!