This constant avalanche can have you feeling stressed out and if you’re like most people; an increase in stress will only lead to a decrease in efficiency and productivity.In order to make the most of the hours in a day without compromising on mental health, monitoring your stress levels is the key.
If possible make time at least five days a week to exercise. Exercising regularly not only releases endorphins which reduce stress levels but is it also improves the quality of your sleep.
You can even get a little creative with exercising; personal favourite activity of mine is “wandering off “.
Playing with your kids in an active way like sports running games extra
Yoga which is a fun activity that you can actually learn about with your children strengthening your born while being active
Whatever you do some exercise is better than no exercise when trying to manage your stress levels.
2. CHEW GUM
Gum chewing is the lesser known stress relieving activity but it works extremely well and has even even been corroborated by a Cardiff University study(1).
3. PRACTICE DEEP BREATHING
I heard that internal YAWN that you just made but hear me out please!
A.Take care of any and all biological needs before you start.Trying to meditate when your stomach is rumbling all your bladder is nagging you is frustrating and not relaxing at all there for defeating the whole purpose of what you are doing.
B. Find a comfortable space to sit or lie down where you cannot be reached by the distractions of life for at least 20 minutes.
C.Put your hand on your stomach ( this is optional).
D.Inhale slowly and evenly, feeling your stomach expand as you do so.
E.Breathe out slowly, through either your mouth or nose whatever feels more natural.
While breathing deeply, be sure to allow your mind to wander. Think about the past or the future but do not think about the challenges of the present so that you can relax.
As a bonus you can include some relaxing essential oils in your breathing sessions .
Lavender is the traditional go-to for stress relief because of its incredible efficacy backed not only by word of mouth but by published studies as well (2)(3).
Other stress relieving oils include Arbor Vitae, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile and Ylang Ylang.
5.BE REALISTIC IN YOUR APPROACH
One way to reduce stress is to be realistic in your assessment of how much time a certain task will take. Sometimes stress piles on because we try to fit too many things into a finite amount of time not leaving enough room for error or unexpected situations so don’t be afraid to say ‘NO’.
There is a direct relationship between stress and sleep .Inadequate sleep makes you more vulnerable to stress but a high level of stress can prevent you from getting quality sleep too.To fix this problem you have to start somewhere in the cycle and addressing your sleep issues may be the easiest.
How to Ensure you get More Sleep
A.Give both yourself and the kids a bedtime and stick to it.
B.Create a routine and stick to the same sleep schedule even on weekends. According to psychologist it takes most person is about 3 to 4 weeks to develop up a new habit so it is important to be disciplined especially in the early stages.
C.Turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed if possible.
D.Don’t drink caffeine in brackets coffee soda T within six hours of bedtime
E.Don’t exercise close to bedtime
F.A few drops of a relaxing essential oil such as lavender, Roman chamomile and Ylang Ylang on the pillow or in the bedroom work great too.
Trysh Sutton is a Naturopathic Wellness expert and the founder of Pure Path Living.She regularly shares remedial prowess using natural healing resources such as essential oils. Her teaching skills and passion for healing a natural gift designed to inspire and restore.
She also sees to it that Pure Path Living delivers quality personal health and wellness approaches and products to help all health enthusiasts find exactly what they’re looking for to live their lives to the very best.