Stress is like an insidious force that works against us every day, depleting our health, robbing us of pleasure, wearing us down and burning us out. The negative effects of stress on both our minds and our bodies are numerous and well-documented. Yet many of us go about our daily routine without making much of an effort to reduce the stress in our lives. So I thought it would be a great idea to come up with some Top Stress Busting Tips for 2015 to get your new year off to a great start.
Do something you enjoy
Be sure to dedicate time each day to spend with your family or working on a hobby that interests you. Doing this will bring greater balance and calm into your life, and help you get through a particularly tough day on the job. Doing things you enjoy is an antidote to stress.
Cut back on technology
Set aside some time every day that is a technology free zone – turn off the TV, radio, tablet, phone and laptop.We’re hit with a constant barrage of hype, bad news, “urgent” messages, and flickering lights. At first this might be hard to do so try it for 30 minutes a day at first. Once you realise the world will not implod if you are not in constant communication you might come to enjoy it so go on unplug and enjoy the simple silence.
Follow a Healthy Diet
After the Christmas festivities you may well be suffering from a surfeit of highly-processed carbs, caffeine, and sugar. These foods give you a shot of blood sugar/energy that wreaks havoc on your body chemistry and over time just makes you feel unwell. Try replacing coffee with tea, get your requirements of fruits and veggies, and eat sensible portions of meals. In addition to the physical benefits of eating well, you will also have greater peace of mind.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is a very important component to stress reduction. Not everyone requires the same amount of sleep, however experts believe that getting less than seven or eight hours each night is detrimental to most people. Yet in our hectic lives, sleep is often the first thing we sacrifice. The body and the mind both need adequate sleep to wake fully rested ready to start the next day. Try to get to bed at a reasonable time and be sure to sleep on a comfortable mattress.
Take More Exercise
Stress creates tension that can be relieved with a little exercise. Not only does exercise help you get out pent-up energy and stay loose, but it also triggers the release of endorphins — brain chemicals that counteract the negative effects of stress. So get your exercise, get your fix of endorphins, and relieve pent-up tension.
Listen to Relaxing Music
I know I said to turn off technology, however music is a natural mood-setter. Put on some calming music and your mind will respond by becoming more calm. Listen to whatever you prefer.
Learn to Meditate or Practice Yoga
Meditation has been practised for centureis as a way to boost the spirit and defend against the stress of life. Consider adding meditation or yoga to your regular routine. There are many good classes, dvds and even apps for your phone – so go on give it a try
Spend Time With a Pet
Studies have shown that stress levels decrease when we spend time with animals. There is something about the affection of a puppy or the purring of a cat that sooths us. People feel happier. The sick even heal faster. If you don’t currently have a pet, consider getting one of volunteer at an animal charity shelter
Give acupuncture a try. Acupuncture can be very helpful as it works on re-balancing our system. It can be helpful for sleep issues and other stress related problems. For more information or to book an appointment call Angela on 07919930188
I trust you have enjoyed my Top Stress Busting Tips for 2015 so here’s to a calm and peaceful New Year for you all!