Slow Down and Smell the Roses
Do less. We talk about doing less but we never get around to actually doing less. I have learned the fine art of saying No! It is very liberating and creates the time for me to do, well nothing sometimes.
Spend 10 minutes a day of quiet time. This is uninterrupted no phone, complete silence, all alone and very calming time. You can feel totally rejuvenated with just a little 10 minute time out. If you are so inclined, make this your meditation time.
Get in Touch
Daily Hugs/Touch. The human touch heals and soothes. You may already be an affectionate person but if you’re not, try it! Hug your family and friends more often and longer (8 seconds is said to release endomorphins) or hold your significant other’s hand.
Get some face time communication. Share your worries, concerns, fears and challenges with someone close such as a friend, a spouse, a family member or coach in person. You don’t want things to get bottled up as stress has a nasty way of dragging you down. Talking with someone will help to diffuse it. Perhaps combine this with “Have a cup of tea”.
Do something creative hands-on. Activities like painting, drawing, planting an herb garden, playing in the sand box, knitting, or any crafting has a way of calming us. The act of making something is therapeutic and these activities will put you into a more relaxed state.
Eat, Drink and Be Stress-Free
Consider adding a good Vitamin B Complex. These are great for boosting your ability to manage the normal stress of everyday life. If you find you are constantly feeling anxious, consider taking something like the supplement containing Passion Flower, Lemonbalm and Skullcap by Swanson Vitamins. I take them on occasion and the family calls them my happy pills.
Have a cup of tea. Make it a scene right out of the movies with a steamy cup of something healthy and fragrant and you curled up in front of the fire. Chamomile is known for its calming effects.
Eat well. Again, I’m great at knowing what food is healthy for me and why it is, but I don’t always make sure it’s what ends up on my plate. If you don’t know what the words are on the label don’t put it into your shopping cart. This is a simple solution and when you give your body good healthy real food, your healthy body will be able to cope much better with life’s surprises.
Exercise is not a 4 Letter Word
Move your body. Yes, find something you like to do and make it happen 3-4 times a week for a minimum of 15-20 minutes. This is one of the greatest ways to reduce stress levels. It can be as simple as putting on an old 80s radio station and dancing in your kitchen. Make whatever you choose something you actually enjoy doing, not forced painful movement. Unless you of course, happen to love forced, painful movement.
The sense of smell is powerful and triggers numerous positive brain responses. There are several essential oils that you can put into a diffuser or just inhale straight from the bottle that really have a calming effect. I love cedarwood, lavender, citrus fresh and my personal favorite stress away to help me relax.
So just as a reminder, if you have decided to implement all ten of these tips at once, please reread tip #1. Seriously just try two of these stress relievers at a time and you will feel better, I promise.
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