Health is about so much more than just eating well! You also need to take care of other things in your life that nourish you.
Here are some quick tips to help you reduce stress!
1. Practice deep conscious breathing throughout the day. You’ll be amazed at the immediate calming effect it has on your body. The “one-breath” meditation is a powerful, straightforward relaxation technique that can be practiced anytime, anywhere.
Try it whenever you feel tired or anxious: sit in a comfortable chair, straighten your back, relax your shoulders and take a deep breath. Hold your breath for a count of 3, then exhale releasing every bit of tension. Repeat 8 times for a quick pick-me-up!
2. Exercise and be as active as you can throughout your day! Add movement in your day by taking the stairs instead of the lift; experiment with an exercise style that works for you: yoga, Pilates, martial arts, walking, running, cycling, rollerblading, swimming, dancing or competitive sports… anything that will get you moving, and that’s fun!
One invaluable piece of advice that I can give you regarding exercise is that you need to determine if you are a morning person or a night person. I am a morning person, so I always exercise in the morning. I know that if I leave it to the evening, my energy will be too low, and I will never do it!
3. Take a 15 minute break for yourself every day, and treat yourself to regular quiet time. Turn your phone off, let everyone know that you don’t want to be disturbed, listen to music, study, pray, meditate, whatever works, for you to relax and release tension. And then you can go back to your life with a fresh mind.
4. Remember to be grateful! I know it sounds cliché, but if you are grateful, then you are happy. So, first thing in the morning or right before going to bed at night, think of 3 things you’re grateful for in your life.
5. Humour is encouraged; hum or sing a happy song and smile! I cannot remember a day in my life where I have not laughed at least once. And when I think about that, I think that is pretty remarkable, and I should be beyond grateful for that!
6. Keep your home in good order: You are your home, and being neat and tidy will only help your stress levels and make you feel good.
7. And lastly, do your best to be on good terms with people; your boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, parents, children, brothers, sisters, friends and colleagues. Good relationships are vital for our well-being, and we need people in our life!