In today’s fast-paced world it’s often easy to forget to take a break every now and then. Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, reducing stress in life helps to maintain a healthy immune system. Here’s our daily tips to help stay on track for a clear mind and motivated outlook while nurturing a peaceful state of mind to keep you feeling fresh, happy and healthy.
Meditation releases stress, makes you mentally strong, reduces anxiety and leaves you feeling fresh and clear. Taking 5 – 10 minutes out of your day is an effective way to help reduce stress and keep you feeling both mentally and physically healthy. Whether you’re simply focusing on your breathing for five minutes or taking a siesta in the afternoon, make meditation a fun exercise you look forward to.
Stress and nutrition have always been linked. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is integral to keeping stress levels at bay. Fruit and vegetables provide a huge variety of vitamins and minerals integral for reducing stress. Coconut water is packed with potassium, and provides a high source of electrolytes, both critical for maintaining blood volume, heart health as well as preventing dehydration. Maintaining a healthy level of electrolytes can help reduce stress, fatigue, dehydration as well as maintain muscle relaxation. [Source: Dr. Axe]
If you don’t have the time for lengthy gym visits or yoga sessions, take three 10-minute walks throughout the day instead. Whether you ride your bike to work or school, take a few moments to stretch throughout the day or give yourself a mind-clearing walk to break up your day, it’s important to make regular, physical activity part of your day-to-day lifestyle.
No, really, laugh out loud! Do it really loudly! Laughing is proven to lower cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, in return sending you plenty of warm and fuzzy feelings.
Make sure you get your eight hours sleep a night, A lack of sleep increases stress hormones, weakens your ability to problem solve effectively and function at your highest ability. Make catching up on sleep an absolute priority.
Communicate & Connect
Take advantage of your social network and reach out to an old friend or someone you’re due for a catch up with. Communication and connecting with others is a fantastic tool for dealing with stress while sharing ideas, providing fresh perspectives through communication and nurturing friendships.
Put down the phone
That being said, remember to live in the moment and not through the screen of a smart phone. Be present in your conversations with people by putting the phone away when having conversations and really connect with people in your day-to-day conversations.
How do you reduce your stress levels and stay healthy, happy and inspired? Leave your tips in the comments below.