The busy, hectic and chaotic lifestyles we lead today are without a doubt having a negative effect of our health and well being. Whatever happened to taking the time to stop and smell the roses?
Taking care of your mind, body and spirit is the easiest way to reduce stress and lead a healthier lifestyle. Small changes each day, ensuring you devote time to yourself and your well being, will help you to more easily take on lives daily challenges and keep them under control.
Psychologist and author of High Octane Women, Dr Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D, suggests that taking time to unwind is not important, but critical for us psychologically and physically; “A person, even one with seemingly superhuman stamina and passion for what they do, has to unwind to give their minds and bodies a chance to reboot. If they don’t do it, their bodies and minds will ultimately do it for them. They will have a burn out.”
Depending on the situation, destressing can be as simple as taking a few moments to yourself and counting to 10, however there are many ways in which you can ensure you day runs smoothly and you maintain a stress free state of mind. Here’s a few of our simple top tips to a stress free day.
Make time for breakfast
Eating a sensible, healthy breakfast will without a doubt give you the energy to get ready for the day ahead. By not concentrating on your rumbling stomach till lunch time, you will be more focused and productive allowing you to get more done and prevent being overwhelmed later in the afternoon.
Plan your day ahead
Creating a simple to-do list for the day, assembles the tasks for the day and organises them, eliminating the chance that you later get the feeling of forgetting something important. By prioritising the days duties and noting them down you get a sense of achievement as you tick them off. Then when you do need time to relax you can be safe in the knowledge that your trusty to-do list will keep you on track.
Boost your antioxidants
Anti-oxidants help in keeping your body cells youthful and healthy. They help to keep your body strong and in turn will help to relieve stress. You can so easily boost your daily anti-oxidants by simply drinking more green tea. Its powerful antioxidant content looks after your insides and keeps them stress free meaning being stress free on the outside will come easier.
Soak up the Sun
Take advantage of the coming summer weather and get outdoors. Stress can be one of the major causes of vitamin deficiency and just a short daily stroll in the sun can help increase your vitamin d levels, which will in turn enhance your immune systems efficiency. A breath of fresh air can be great when you need to moment to unwind.
Love it or hate it, physical exercise can really help to destress. Depending on your mood, change up your work out. In those high stress moments, why not vent out your frustration through a high-energy work out such as boxing or running and when you want to relax take yourself to a zen-like state with a little yoga or stretching.
A rested mind is a happy mind
For those who get deeply engrossed in their work, a 20 minute power nap can refresh, revitalise and refuel without the need for an artificial boost. Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison are all said to have been power nappers. You snooze, you gain it appears.
“I don’t know of anyone who gets stressed out by laughter. It is one of the best overall stress-relievers I know of, and the best thing is that it’s free and available to everyone at any time. Hanging around with positive people as opposed to negative people also doesn’t hurt.” Dr Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D.
Snack attack – With busier lifestyles, it is now even more important to make sure that we are maintaining a healthy diet. With meal times often being unpredictable and unset, snacking is a great way to take some time out and refuel. Choosing sensible, health conscious snacks such as fruit can give you the boost you need to get you through the day and avoid that afternoon slump.
Skip the afternoon caffeine
The addictive caffeine hit may help you get through the day but the unnatural stimulant is doing nothing for your stress levels. The daily caffeine fix may give you a kick to get through your afternoon, but inevitably you will end up in a worse state of mind once it has worn off. You have been warned.
Having a stressful day? Don’t let things build up. Meet with friends or get on the phone for a chit chat. Talking it out will unload what you have been carrying around all day and often hearing another persons opinion can be reassuring and helpful. That’s what friends are for.
Have some healthy comfort food
Getting home after a long, stressful day and filling yourself up with stodgy food only leads to a bloated, couch potato night. Traditional comfort foods such as pizza, macaroni cheese and ice cream are what we all want to brighten our night, though unfortunately they will only lead to you feeling more lethargic and less likely to handle stress efficiently.
Listen to your favourite music
Soft music can set the mood for a relaxing, stress free night or alternatively turning up the volume of some of your favourite songs is a sure fire way to improve your mood and make you smile. Music can instantly have a calming effect.
Light some candles and incorporate you favourite bath oils or bubble bath. Then just sit back and relax. Need we say more?
Do something Lo-Tech
Emails, Facebook, Twitter and constant internet access has become part of most of our daily lifestyles. Before you settle down for the night why not go try a Lo-Tech activity and read before bed? Opening a book can allow you to enter another world and escape from a stressful day. It is also a great way to let your body relax and ease any muscle tension before a good nights sleep.
Have an early night
Now that your day has been organised and you’ve ticked off your to do list, make an effort to ensure you get your average 8 hours sleep for the night. For everyone a good sleep is absolutely essential to your health and well being and while stress can be a huge factor in lack of sleep, once you have destressed your day you will be well on your way to a sound nights sleep.
Dr Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D, strongly believes that the best de-stressing solutions are very much self defined and dependent on each of our individual personalities.
“While I believe it is vital for everyone to find ways to unwind and refuel their engines, I also think it vital that they find a fuel that works for them.”
“Many women feel that they simply cannot find solutions to relieve stress when infact the key is to think outside the box and find unique solutions that work for their unique personalities.”
Originally published at: http://esvie.co.uk/misc/have-some-you-time-simple-healthy-ways-to-destress-your-day/