My 6 Tried-and-True Tips for Stress Relief
Stress: it’s everywhere.
By now, you’re probably aware of how detrimental stress is for your body and health goals. The good news is that it’s completely possible to turn your stress into positive energy, take back your power and feel peace in your daily life. Here are a few of my tried-and-true tips for making sure stress doesn’t get the best of you or your body.
Get moving. A workout can release stagnant energy, help you reset and sweat out any frustrations.
Zoom out. There’s a quote that says, “If you’re upset, you’ve just lost sight of the big picture.” Seeing the forest through the trees is crucial to not letting stress run your day. Everything will get done when it needs to get done. You can simply shift your mindset to trust and know that there is a bigger plan at work.
Perfect your morning practice or ritual. The morning sets the tone for your entire day. If it’s rushed and stressful, the rest of your day will likely follow suit. Meditate, spend time in silence and be present. This is one I have been working on. I have been trying to do a morning meditation and when my day gets crazy do it again for 5 minutes. Those extra minutes to yourself, turning inward, will change your life.
Switch into go-mode. Put yourself in charge and do something that you know you can solve, do right away or tackle. Putting yourself in charge makes you feel powerful and less at the mercy of stress.
Get creative. Take time for you and do things you love, or try out a few artistic activities like learning to play an instrument, trying a new recipe or taking an art class.
Count your breath. Every time you find yourself thinking negatively or it feels like your world is falling apart, count down from ten while breathing deeply through your nose. It’s a great stress-reducing ritual. You can also try the box breath. Breathe in for five, hold for five, exhale for five, hold for five. Breathwork immediately brings you back into the present moment and calms racing thoughts by moving you into the parasympathetic nervous system where you can relax.
Try these out and watch as your reaction to stress decreases and you feel more empowered, alive and excited about your daily life.