Most of us today live busy lives. Busy at home and busy at work.
These multi-tasking, non-stop lifestyles we have adapted to in our society have negative consequence of stress.
Our minds, and sometimes even our bodies, are over-worked.
This stress can turn into physical and mental symptoms, from irritability to fatigue and digestion issues.
Stress can impact a number of areas in our lives, from our health to our relationships.
Finding ways to combat and deal with stress can help us in improving the overall quality of our lives.
Here are six easy ways to help you de-stress!
1) Do Something Creative
Being creative allows us to channel our essence into a physical form.
When we create, whether through art, music, dance, crafting, etc., we are putting our unique energy into a tangible object and expressing our souls.
When our spirits are active, through creativity, we experience peace, love, and joy.
2) Be Active
When we exercise, we release endorphins in the brain.
This chemical helps our minds and bodies relax and de-stress.
We not only feel better, but we are strengthening and improving our physical health as well. It’s a win-win.
3) Be in Nature
Throughout the years, people have become increasingly aware of the benefits of being out in nature.
Scientific studies have proven the soothing affects it brings, helping us relieve stress and boosting our moods.
From an energetic standpoint, being out in nature raises our vibrations, being surrounded by other forms of energy from the plants and animals.
When we raise our vibrations, the lower energies of stress and worry dissipate.
4) Pamper Yourself to a Spa Night
Stress can take a toll on our minds as well as our bodies.
Stress can manifest into insomnia, headaches, low energy, and even cardiovascular diseases.
Our bodies can take a beating from stress, and we need to give it the TLC it deserves. Have a spa night.
Grab some Epsom salts and draw yourself a hot bath.
Get those essential oils and candles.
Put on that zen music and mud mask. Doesn’t that just sound relaxing?
Engaging our senses to calming and stress relieving methods is a beneficial way to relax the whole body.
5) Eat Healthy
That saying, ‘you are what you eat’ isn’t just a saying. What we eat has a direct connection to our health.
Due to the nutritional make up of specific plants, studies have shown that certain foods actually help with stress.
Green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach produce dopamine, a chemical that is associated with pleasure boosting.
The antioxidants in blueberries are linked to helping your body respond and fight stress, while mushrooms contain lots of Vitamin D, which can affect our energy levels and moods.
That being said, making yourself a superfood salad is a healthy option to help fight stress.
6) Practice Mindfulness
Being present in the moment, or being mindful, helps take our focus off of the racing thoughts in our minds, the to-do lists, the worrying about the future, and the regrets of your past.
If focuses instead on the present moment, the here and now.
Shifting our attention to be present allows us to be aware of each moment, to appreciate and enjoy them.
To observe your surroundings and yourself creates a stronger connection between the two, and allows the turmoil that clouds your mind to slowly disappear.