Though we believe in keeping ourselves externally healthy, this week we want to focus on some simple suggestions that can help us maintain a healthy mind and spirit—the well being of our insides! Without a doubt, the biggest factor that affects us is stress. So, how does one strive towards a stress-free life (or at least a life that isn’t dictated by it)?
Here are some thoughts and helpful tips.
- Morning cup of tea. Though this may be difficult, swap out your morning coffee with some ginseng tea. A chemical compound in ginseng is said to soothe anxiety.
- Eat a healthy diet. Though obvious, it’s worth noting, feeding your body the right foods is essential for managing stress. During stressful situations, people have a tendency to skip meals. Try to avoid this at all cost.
- Blow off steam. It’s recommended we exercise least three to four times a week for at least 30 to 45 minutes each session.
- Turn on the jams. Listening to music is proven to reduce stress-induced conditions such as high blood pressure and elevated heart rate.
- Sit up straight. Good posture helps you take in more oxygen and perform better during stressful activities that may be time consuming—such as deadlines.
- Plant it. Studies have shown that people working near plants reacted 12 percent faster and were less stressed. Plus it can liven up your workspace.
- Encouraging others. Whether writing a letter or emailing a friend, social support has been proven to lower stress.
- Pick up a hobby. Research has found that repetitive activities can help calm your nerves. Instead of watching a movie, grab some knitting or the guitar.
- Rest. A proper amount of rest will make it easier to cope with whatever challenges life throws your way tomorrow. Most people need at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night to function at their best.
- Just breathe. As simple as it sounds, using deep breathing can be one of your greatest weapons against stress. By closing your eyes and breathing deeply and quietly for as little as three to five minutes, a natural sense of decompression will follow.