Stress and anxiety is running rampant in our society. Let's jump in for 6 tips to help with stress and anxiety. Take action on one or two of these today. Yes? Very good!
1. Turn Off the News and/or Wifi.
We can't consume everything. It weighs on us. Take time to walk away from taking it all that the news offers and get some fresh air. Be present in the moment.
2. Take a break from social media
Take a 24 hour break from social media to just spend time with you. There is no end to social media. Therefore, it's important for you to intentionally take a break and enjoy what is in front in front of you (family, pets, garden, plants).
3. Do something new
It can be a new thing you want to cook and you're doing it without a recipe or trying a new exercise for the first time. Doing something new will force you to concentrate more of being in the moment. A new thing will keep you in the moment versus being on autopilot.
4. Call a loved one you haven't talked to in a while
This is such a great form of therapy to talk to someone and go down memory lane. Having this nostalgic feeling will put your body in a relaxing state of mind.
Meditation and breathing exercises are so beneficial to getting you back in balance and centered. When you are worried or anxious, just 60 seconds of breathing will bring you back to the present. Most times when are heart rate accelerates, we are not in imminent danger, we are just taking our minds to "what if". Meditation allows you to be in tune with your current state.
6. Begin/Start back up Journaling.
Journaling forces you to slow your thoughts down by having to write them. You can't go a mile a minute because writing takes time and thought. You are able to express how you truly feel with writing things down and not rush your thought process. It's also so much fun to look back at your journal from where you came. You get to read about things you may have forgotten and have a great time reflecting from where you were at that time.
7. Get a massage
There are so many benefits of getting a massage including
- Reducing stress and increasing relaxation
- Reducing pain and muscle soreness and tension
- Improving circulation, energy and alertness
- Lowering heart rate and blood pressure
- Improving immune function
You can go to a professional massage therapist or massage yourself. Your local pharmacy or dollar store usually have massagers that can assist. Give yourself a nice scalp massage with Donna's Recipe as well. The natural oils in Donna's Recipe help alleviate stress. Lavender in particular has been known to help with mental stress and exhaustion.
Ok, let's get to work. Select one or two of the tips above and let us know in the comments which ones you are going to commit to today.