It’s National Stress Awareness Month, and if you’re like the rest of us, then you can use ideas on stress minimization. No matter what you’re stressed about, your mind, body and spirit could use a stress makeover. If you’re looking for ways to relax without the stress, we have you covered. Here is a list of ways to start reducing stress now.
- Write your worries down in a journal: Once you’ve gotten them on paper and out of your head, you will be able to cope better with a visual of what’s actually going on.
- Remember to breathe: When you are highly stressed, you may forget to breathe deeply. Shallow breaths can not only make you dizzy, but increase anxiety.
- Watch your diet: There are actually “mood boosting foods” that combat stress, including avocados, berries and chocolate (yes, chocolate!). By incorporating these foods in moderation into your routine, you will notice a major difference.
- Get in touch with your spiritual side: Surrender and realize that you can’t do this alone.
- Have quiet time: If you’re really stressed, take at least 15 minutes a day to decompress and relax. Doing this in nature also seems to be soothing, but if you can’t get to a park, get some fresh air somewhere and just be still.
- Exercise: You would be surprised at how much exercise can actually help; physical activity boosts endorphins and reduces stress.
- Get rid of clutter: By ridding your home of clutter and being organized, you will feel more at peace when you come home, which in turn will eliminate unwanted stress.
- Spend time with people you love: When you are around people who make you smile, you feel better. These are people who encourage you and motivate you to be positive. Allow yourself the joy of joyful company.
- Pamper: When is the last time you did something for you that involved relaxation? Hit the salon, sauna, or maybe even splurge on a massage. You deserve it!
- Be aware: If your stress level is getting in the way of daily activities and you just can’t seem to calm down, go see a medical professional who can help you evaluate what is really going on.
Sabrina Short, Staff Writer