#10 Tips to help you de-stress your week!!
Most of us no what stress feels like 345 emails in the inbox, conference call starts in 5 minutes but I just covered myself in scolding hot coffee, kids have 3 different sports on Saturday in 3 different places…….
But do we really know how to stress less or really relax?
Sure a week away at a resort would calm the nerves and work for most people. But there isn’t always time for tanning, let alone sleeping, eating, or going to the bathroom.
I have put together 10 ideas on how to relax or stress less:
1. Feel The Music
One of my favorite thing to do.
Music has been used in hospitals to combat depression and induce sleep in those suffering chronic insomnia. The Royal Melbourne Hospital uses music therapy to promote relaxation and reduce stress, even in palliative cancer patients. "Music offers opportunities for increased expression, positive experiences and an increased sense of meaning," says the hospital's Senior Clinician Emma O'Brien. Take time to listen to some of your favorite music, and your body will thank you for it.
2. Use Your Breath
Is there any simpler way to relax?
We often forget to focus on the simplest, shortest (and one of the most restorative) activities available to us: our breath. Slow, deep breaths can help lower blood pressure and heart rate. Start with 5 Slow, deep breaths and as you do, notice the natural pause between your inhale and exhale, and then between your exhale and your next inhale. Your body has a built-in break — how great is that?!”
3. Cuddle With A Pet
A boyfriend or girlfriend is okay, but they’re (usually) not furry enough. After a rough day, Snuggle with a pet for an instant slobbery smile, since pets can boost self-esteem and even ease the sting of social rejection. If your pet is anything like my Diesel you will end up with plenty of love and all slobbery for free.
4. Do Some Yoga
Practicing Yoga is a great way to relax and centre your mind to become calm and collected. Plus it has many, many benefits to your physical body, too. Learn a few simple Yoga poses, or asanas, and spend a few minutes every day practicing them. If you are happy with the results, you could perhaps take a class and develop your skills even further! Put your feet up—against the wall, of course. The Vipariti Kirani yoga pose involves lying on the floor and resting the legs up against a wall. Not only does it give the body a good stretch, but it helps create peace of mind, too.
5. Go Outdoors When You Can
This won’t be very practical in the middle of winter when it gets dark by five o’clock, but in the summer, it should still be light when you get home. Take advantage of the remaining light to take a walk or enjoy another outdoor activity. Head outside and “sit on a bench or a blanket and let your mind get quiet” while you engage all your senses,” Kaplin said. Engaging your senses is a powerful way to relax, Lindor said. What do you see, hear and smell?
If exercising feels to much like a chore then how about enjoying some guilt-free time with your friends? In ‘Play it Away’, author Charlie Hoehn explains how spending 30 minutes each day on any outdoor activity with your friends may actually be the key when trying to cure anxiety. He even created a Pinterest board with all sorts of activity ideas you can try out. Play is a wonderful way to unwind, especially for grown-ups. Play is anything that’s purposeless and pleasurable. For instance, in her book, Louden suggests everything from finger-painting to playing tag to watching cartoons to digging in the dirt to throwing a Frisbee to going to the zoo to swinging on the swings at a park.
Stressed? Me? Ha! Laughter’s one of the sillier ways to beat stress, but there’s science behind it . A fit of hysterics can increase blood flow and boost immunity. Keep a book of jokes handy in the desk drawer or check out a hilarious YouTube video (maybe a piano-playing pug?) for a quick pick-me-up.
8. Rub Your Feet Over a Golf Ball Or Spiky Ball
Leave the clubs at home and just bring the ball. You can get an impromptu relaxing foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over a golf ball, spiky ball or even a tennis ball. Most people who have been for a massage at All About Muscles Massage Therapy know how much I love the uses of spiky ball on your feet or even your back!
9. Drip Cold Water On Your Wrists
Pass on the perfume and go with water. When stress hits, head for the bathroom and drop some cold water on your wrists and behind your earlobes. There are major arteries right underneath the skin, so cooling these areas can help calm the whole body.
10. Book your Next Massage.....
A relaxation massage helps de-stress and loosen up your body and is great for those who have had a hard working week or feel like treating themselves to some TLC! It is a pain-free way to relax both your muscles and your mind.