wellness

10 Tiny Tips for Relieving Stress

IN THE MORNING

1.  Sweat

Starting your day off with a good work out is key to relieving stress, but also helps you get focused and ready for your day. The surge of endorphins that are released when you exercise will put you in a great mood. If you can’t make time to hit the gym, even squeezing in a 30-minute walk will do the trick.

2.  Read

Typically, a go to of mine is to read a self-help book in the morning, just a chapter or two before I get going in the morning, inspires me to be the best version of myself. Lately I’ve been picking up the New Yorker or a fiction novel, which I find helps boost my creativity and gets me thinking outside the box. 

3.  Tea

Never underestimate the power of a cup of tea. While I typically prefer mint for its stress and bloat relieving capabilities, chamomile or green tea work wonders as well. Green tea is a great alternative to coffee. While the stimulants in tea can keep you awake, they can also make your brain function better. The caffeine present in tea is enough of a dose to provide a lift for most people without causing the increased anxiety and “jitters” associated with too much coffee.

4.  Gratitude

This has been pivotal in reducing stress for not only myself but my clients as well. Whether it’s a prayer of gratitude or taking time to write down what you’re thankful for, helps put things in perspective. Negativity and constant worry add to stress, and when we take the time to appreciate what we have, we have the ability to transform that into positive energy. 

5.  Manifest

While meditation works wonders for many, I prefer manifesting. We’re talking about 7 minutes of focusing your thoughts on what you hope to accomplish for the day. Envision obstacles that may get in your way and create plans to overcome them. Devoting 7 minutes of your morning to this will leave you feeling empowered and ready to take on anything.

MID DAY

6.  Breathe

There have been countless times where I have felt stressed or worked up over something, and have worked my way out of it, simply by breathing. Taking 6 deep breaths, in the through the nose and out through the mouth, can help calm you down by releasing oxygen in to your brain. Another great breathing style that calms your parasympathetic/sympathetic system is 5, 5, 7. In for a count of 5, hold for 5, and out for a count of 7.

7.  Organize

Throughout the day our work space can tend to get cluttered, or maybe your home. While you may not be aware of it, clutter can negatively affect your mood and provide a lot of distraction. Taking a couple of minutes to declutter can go a long way.

AT NIGHT

8.  Walk

As soon as you get home, and before moving on to tasks around the house or cooking dinner, go for a walk. Take some time to balance out your day and let go of anything stressful that may have happened, so that you don’t bring it in to your time at home.

9.  Unplug

In the 30 minutes before you go to sleep, try not to look at any screens. No iPads, laptops, iPhones, or any other electronic devices. Let your mind unwind and give your eyes a break from the strain. Doing this will also make it easier to fall asleep.

10.  Let Go

A lot of times the stress created by the worries of what we must accomplish tomorrow, can keep us from getting the sleep we need tonight. Create a to do list to get your worries out of your mind and on paper.  

How To Take Back Your Life

Human nature instills in us a desire to be liked and accepted, but the pursuit of this will kill you. Good news is, you can make a conscious effort to stop giving a crap. With social media constantly shoving images in front of us, showing us what we "need" to be happy, it is more important than ever to put this in to practice. Why spend a lifetime chasing after a mirage, when you can be happy now? Now, you won’t stop giving a crap overnight, it takes a while to train your brain to do this. However, once you do I can promise you, you will feel a ton better. 

Comparison Will Kill You

You will continue to feel unworthy, unimportant, and unfulfilled the more you desire what others have. This is called the comparison game, and here's a secret: you'll lose this game every time you play it. We spend so much time comparing, that we find we are not doing. Social media is the biggest contributor to this. How many times have you gotten lost on Instagram, scrolling through photos of vacation destinations you are dying to visit, or fitness models whose bodies you would kill to have? This is an example of time you have wasted on comparing instead of living. Congrats you have lost the game. 

Play On Your Strengths

Now, we want you to be a winner, so here is our biggest tip. Be strong. We all have our faults, or weaknesses, and we may never overcome them, but we can always play on our strengths to win the game. Recognize your unique abilities and work at them daily, like a muscle they require constant training and exercise. If you are a creative type who is lousy with their finances, focus your energy on perfecting your art and creative skills, and hire an accountant. Don't waste time trying to be perfect at everything and focus on perfecting the skills you already have. 

"Greatness is merely an illusion in our minds, a made-up destination that we obligate ourselves to pursue, our own psychological Atlantis." - Mark Hanson

Choices

From this point on, the only thing holding you back are your thoughts. Once you gain control of your thoughts, you free yourself from negativity and open yourself up to happiness. So make smart choices! Stop scrolling through social media, staring at a life you'll never have, and start living the beautiful life you were meant to live. Choose to play on your strengths and think positively about yourself. Live your life to the fullest, and most importantly, don't give a crap!