We are halfway through another year and most of us are getting the ‘mid year blues’ starting lose the spring in our step and dreaming of a more balanced lifestyle. Reducing Stress and knowing how to manage it is important for our overall well-being.
This month, make it a priority to take time for yourself. Everyone has physical and mental limits, and have likely experienced hitting those limits. Here are some ideas to try when your mind is in overdrive and your brain needs a break:
It may be time to physically get away from your daily routine and change your environment. Whether you’re traveling alone, with family or friends it’s always worthwhile to take time off from work and take a rejuvenating vacation. If you’re stumped for ideas, there are plenty of options out there. A casual laid back vacation in the sun might just do the trick. Consider booking an all-inclusive cruise and enjoy soaking up that vitamin D. Maybe you need more activity on your stress-free getaway, look into a skiing trip! You can find a cabin in the mountains to escape to and unplug. There are plenty of options to fit what you’re looking for when it comes to time away.
Meditation and deep breathing exercises are great tools to reduce stress, largely because you can practice them anywhere. Meditation is proven to not only lower anxiety and blood pressure it can do things like help reduce pain and control addiction.
Metta is a type of meditation that focuses on self-love and can help set a kinder and more positive approach system in your mind.
When you exercise, your body produces endorphins which act as natural painkillers, boosting one’s mood organically. Exercise also helps improve the quality of your sleep. When an individual is consistently sleeping well they feel much happier and healthier overall. Whether it be yoga, running, or cycling, exercise can take many forms and there is something everyone can try and be good at.
Learn to Say ‘No’
Many of us over commit to activities, events, and other organizations to the point where even little social gatherings leaving us feeling exhausted. It can be hard at times or awkward to tell someone no, but in the end you are helping yourself. Spreading yourself too thin will never lead to putting your best foot forward. Nobody wants to hang out or work with an overtired, stressed out person.
Remember: Quality over quantity when it comes to participating.
These are just a few of the many tips to bring down your stress levels. Everyone is different and you will quickly find what works for you to control your anxiety and stress levels.