Updated: Dec 1, 2020
Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Stressed out of your mind? Like you're losing your grip and you just can't seem to catch up with everything life throws at you? Trust me, I get it. We've all been there and situations like this are always bound to pop up in life.
Unfortunately, there's no way to avoid this feeling forever either.
However... there IS a way to ensure that you can mentally course-correct during situations like these and reduce the amount of times this feeling arises. The secret? It's a lot simpler than you think:
I know, next-level advice right? While it may seem so simple that it couldn't possibly be the answer, often times, the simplest answer really is the best answer.
Taking time to relax is not only enjoyable but it is necessary for our bodies to rest, recuperate and rejuvenate. Below, I've given you 5 great strategies to incorporate RELAXING into your daily routine and 5 valuable benefits of doing them so that you can stop being so stressed all the time.
Block out 15 minutes a day for meditation. You can do this first thing in the morning before you rise to get centered and grounded or late in the evening before bed to wind down and tune in to some inner peace. There are lots of apps available for meditation.
2) Breathing Exercises
Do deep breathing exercises. I recommend the 5-5-7 method. Breathe in for the count of 5, hold for the count of 5, breathe out for the count of 7. Repeat 10 times. Whenever you feel the need, but do it daily.
3) "Me Time"
Dedicate 30 minutes a day for a bit of time made especially you and peace of mind. Find a place you can rest with privacy. Maybe your room, a lounge chair outside, a hammock. Don't answer any calls or text messages during this time. Put on your headphones and play a calming playlist or your favorite relaxing music. Just close your eyes, breathe and be.
Journaling is a great way to get negative or disruptive thoughts out of your head and down on paper. There is something therapeutic about journaling. I have an "Emotional Dumping Journal" I use just for this. If I have any worries that are weighing me down, I write about it and let it go.
5) Nightly Power Hour
Establish a "Power Down Hour". Every night before you go to bed. Turn off your phone, your computer, your TV or anything else that requires your attention. Make a cup of sleepy time tea and just relax. It's a chance to disconnect from the world before you go to sleep.
Some of the benefits of relaxation are as follows:
Improved Emotional Well-Being
While it might seem like you don't have the time and you're too stressed to even think about doing what I've listed for you, I can assure you that these methods of relaxation will make a WORLD of a difference in your life.
By taking time out for yourself, you are pulling yourself from your current "reality" and taking the reins back in your life. You are now in control. You determine whether you're stressed, no outside force can tell you otherwise.
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