We have blinked and life suddenly feels like it is going 100 miles an hour again. Work is busier than ever, the children are nearly finishing another school year and we are filling our weekends with plans to see friends and family. No wonder we sometimes feel stressed with such a lot on our plate.
But no one likes feeling stressed. That’s why we are here to provide you with a few small routine changes that will help you de-stress and feel like yourself again.
To begin, try taking the first 5-10 minutes in the morning to write down a To-Do list. Long or short, this can give you that boost of motivation to tackle the day ahead.
Make time for exercise. Breaking a sweat during a workout, riding a bike, or going for a walk whilst listening to your favourite podcast can leave you with a stronger sense of revitalisation, more energy and less confusion, anger and depression. Although any kind of exercise can be great for stress relief, it’s been discovered that exercising amid nature can be a particularly powerful antidote, helping to lower concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol while burning calories and helping the immune system function correctly.
Often, making positive changes to our physical health stems largely from our mindset. A clearer mind and a more focused approach allow us to understand the causes of stress within our lives and what affects our wellbeing. We are constantly surrounded by news, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. Try setting limits on your devices, which will send alerts when you reached your daily social media usage – reminding you to put down your device and be in your own thoughts. Our digital world means we are always using our smartphones, tablets and laptops, which can mess up or sleep-inducing melatonin levels. Try to steer clear of devices at least two hours before going to bed, or invest In some blue light glasses to reduce the blue light emissions – allowing your mind and eyes to rest before a night of peaceful sleep
Sleep is your best friend when it comes to coping with stress. Often when we are going through a stressful period, our sleep cycles, unfortunately, get the brunt of it. Getting a good night’s sleep is so important, allowing the body and mind to relax and recharge. Just before you get into bed, write down the things you achieved, what went well, and what you feel grateful for. Doing this can help detox the mind, giving you a greater sense of happiness and peace; ready to wake up and face tomorrow.