Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – The World Health Organization.
Today we look at stress which does a lot of harm to the mind-body wellness. As much as we can’t completely live stress-free we surely can reduce and relieve stress for a quieter piece of mind and ease of physical and emotional pain.
Some of the best tips are for relieving stress on a daily basis.
- Relax your mind and body
This can help ease stress. It can also relieve anxiety, depression, and sleep problems. Try one or more of the following techniques to help you relax:
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress. When you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body.
Guided imagery is a technique in which you imagine yourself in a setting that helps you feel calm and relaxed.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction focuses your attention on things that are happening in the present moment. The idea is just to note what is happening without trying to change it.
Progressive muscle relaxation involves tensing and relaxing each muscle group to reduce anxiety and muscle tension. If you have trouble falling asleep, this method may also help with sleep problems.
- Laughter and humor
Laughter makes life richer and healthier. Laughter increases creativity, reduces pain, and speeds healing.
- Building resilience
This can help you cope. Being resilient means you’re able to bounce back from difficult situations or problems
- Tending to your spiritual wellness
This can help your mind-body wellness. Spiritual wellness can bring comfort and lend strength for handling life’s challenges
- Go for a walk/jog
Getting outside and taking a walk can work wonders for our moods by boosting serotonin, the good mood neurotransmitter. It also allows you to soak up some vitamin D, clear your brain, and get a fresh new perspective on life.
If your body is up to it, you can go for a quick jog or run. Those who have dealt with long-term anxiety may notice that their body isn’t quite up to jogging or running yet.
If you feel more depleted, frazzled, and stressed after you jog, especially if that feeling lasts for a couple days, be kind to yourself and don’t push yourself to that point yet. Take a step back and just allow yourself to move gently. Aerobics, Yoga, Pilates, and walking are all great alternatives.
Writing in a journal can be very therapeutic. Just like venting to a good friend or a therapist, you can vent right onto the pages of your journal. But don’t forget to write down the positive too. Jot down a few things each day that you’re grateful for. Write about good things that happen. Write down things you want to see in your life that may not be there yet, but write them as if they’ve happened. Don’t worry that it isn’t technically true; it just isn’t true yet, but it can be!
Make a list of only the most important things you need to do (and make sure you’re inspired to do them).
- Keep track of your thoughts.
We don’t always realize how much our thoughts affect the way we feel and how often we even think these negative damaging thoughts. For one day write down every negative thought you have, then flip them and write down the positive version.
Focus on the present.
- Human connection
Hug someone. Tell your loved one how much you love and appreciate them. Do a kind act without expecting anything in return. Smile at a stranger. Say Hello
- Read positive books.
When you feel like you just can’t muster a positive attitude on your own, lean on someone else’s positive vibes.
Journal your favorite phrases from these books so you can look back at them daily. Never underestimate the power of a positive book.
- Practice yoga.
Through yoga, you learn how to breathe deeply and effectively, which is great for stress reduction. You move your body gently and get some exercise without overexerting your body and stressing it out more.
Yoga has also been the perfect beginning step to learn how to meditate. Through yoga, you learn to be still, move more slowly and intentionally throughout your day, and you learn to recognize where tension is in your body so you can work to relax those parts.
- Cut sugar from your diet.
Sugar can wreak havoc on your health. It adds to the overall burden of stress to your body. Anyone who struggles with anxiety doesn’t need to be adding any extra stress. Sugar is also void of nutrients; during stress, your body needs whole, unprocessed food full of vitamins and minerals.
Even if you can only incorporate one or two of these into your day at a time, it will absolutely make a difference. The foundation of a healthy, happy life is coming from a place of love and creating peace in your mind and relationships. This starts with how you treat your body and mind, and it’s never too late to start.
Have a stress-free week and ‘Hello, are you okay?’