Hello, everyone! Happy Monday. I hope this blog helps you to have a great week!
Having a lot on your mind can leave you knackered before you even begin to be productive. It increases your cortisol levels which isn’t beneficial for the body. To reduce your stress levels, you will have to carry out both physical and mental activities. Remember that these can be linked, for example, yoga calms your mind while also working on stretching your muscles and helping your body relax.
What are some of the ways that you can reduce your stress levels? These methods will reduce your stress, giving you more room for happiness and productivity!
Meditation- this will help to reduce your stress as you are calming your mind and that causes it to slow down. Slowing down your mind can help you to make better plans, think more efficiently and be more productive, whereas a racing mind will only slow you down. A common misconception is that meditation has to be religious, but it really doesn’t have to be. You can simply listen to
Bathing- sitting in a bath tub, soaking in warm water is the most effective way to soothe aching muscles. This is also calming to the mind as in that time you can forget everything and just relax. This is also time for book lovers to whip out a book they haven’t got around to reading yet and read it in a calm and quiet atmosphere. If you’re not a big fan of reading, then it’s also great to just close your eyes, sit back and relax. Another soothing and relaxing element of baths is aromatherapy. This comes from essential oils, Epsom salts, bath soaks and candles. My personal favourites are Radox Bath soaks and candles as they are both relaxing and smell great!
Take a nap- sometimes the only solution is to simply put everything away, go to sleep and wake up feeling more refreshed than you were before. This can help some people to be more productive as when we are tired, our brain literally starts lagging. This means that even if we are pushing ourselves to stay awake and finish whatever it is that we are doing, we may not be giving our 100%. So, isn’t it just better to curl up cosy in bed and sleep, then wake up ready to take over the world? Come on, I know you want to…
Down time- as much as we may love those around us, every once in a while, it is healthy to have some alone time. I like to call this ‘me time’ because this is when I can stay in solitude and enjoy my own company. Mind you, there are some people who don’t like to be alone and that’s simply because they haven’t learnt the difference between being alone and being lonely. Sometimes, it really is essential to learn to enjoy your own company because, despite everything, you need to know yourself. Yes, there are people in our lives that we dearly love and simply can’t go a day without, so don’t you want to be the best version of yourself for them. This happens if you invest time in yourself and make it happen, and that will happen in ‘me time’. However, spending time with friends and family can also be destressing as you can do fun things like watching movies or talking. This can also be inspirational because everyone has something to offer that you could learn from.
Nature- the most calming places in the world is a place where there are plenty of trees to provide quality air for your lungs. This is healthy for both your mind and your body. When you sit in nature, you will automatically feel the calmness overtake you, try it!
These are just some of the ways that you can reduce your stress levels. I have only recommended the methods that I have tried and tested, and trust me, they work. But at the end of the day everyone is different in their own way so these methods may work for some people but may not work for others. You have to try and test methods before you know which ones work best for you.
Have you already tried any of the above methods and what were your experiences?
Are you going to try these methods? If so, let me know which ones work best for you.
Are there any methods that I have missed out that you find work great?
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