With fall fast approaching, there’s a natural rhythm in our lives that shifts – and that’s especially true if school-age children are in the picture. If you’re feeling a heightened level of stress due to the increasing demands of your schedule, it’s time to carve out a little time for yourself. Here, we’ve gathered some of the easiest ways to unwind and recharge so that you can face the day with a renewed outlook:
Exercise. Most of us know that getting out and elevating your heart rate is proven to reduce stresslevels. But the good news is that you don’t have to find time for a marathon gym session – even a 20-minute walk can do wonders.
Stretch. When we’re stressed, we tend to hold tension throughout our body, especially in the neck and shoulders. At your desk, try some simple neck and shoulder rolls or arm stretches.
Laugh. Whether you surf Netflix for a funny sitcom or grab lunch with a friend who makes you chuckle, smiling and laughing are proven mood boosters and stress relievers.
Meditate. You don’t have to escape to a silent weekend retreat to reap the benefits of meditation. If fact, you don’t need to be an expert at all. Simply sitting quietly and doing some slow, deep breathing is a great way to re-center.
Call a friend. When we’re stressed, making time for friends might be our last priority. However, the wellbeing benefits of sharing our challenges with people we care about are proven. Take a few moments out of your day to connect with those around you – you won’t regret it!
Try aromatherapy. Many essential oils have reporting soothing effects, including lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, and rose. Try a drop on your pillow, or use a diffuser to disperse into the air.
Enjoy a cuppa. The ritual of preparing and drinking a cup of tea is inherently relaxing, and some herbal teas offer calming properties, including chamomile, passionflower, and kava kava.
Pamper yourself. Take a bath with relaxing essential oils, give yourself a revitalizing facial treatment like Actifirm Renovation Mushroom Mask, or treat yourself to a pedicure.
Listen to music. Classical music in particular is a great way to unwind.
Learn to say no. If you simply have too much on your plate, stress-relieving measures may not be enough. Become a smart steward of your time, and learn to say no to commitments that will push you over the edge. Managing stress is all about making wise choices and creating balance – saying no, in addition to giving yourself a little TLC, can make all the difference in reducing your stress levels.
Tags: Self care, Stress Management