When the stresses of life become too overwhelming, it is important that we listen to our brains, hearts and bodies. It’s vital to treat them with enough self-care to recalibrate ourselves so we feel less stressed. It’s never been easier to feel burdened by the pressure of everyday life, and it can get frustrating.
So we’ve teamed up with headspace to bring you a few ways to help manage all the stress-inducing moments life throws at ‘ya. (And make sure you check out our headspace Hub for a tonne of other stress-help reads).
Meditation is one of the most beneficial ways to ease the mind. While it can be a challenge to really zone out and tune in to every breath, meditation is able to promote emotional health. It also reduces the level of the stress hormone, cortisol. Taking even 10-20 minutes a day to meditate will make a huge difference to your overall lifestyle. It might take some time to build up your discipline, so if you need a bit of guidance, check out these tips to get your meditation started easy.
#2 Nature Hike/A Long Walk In The Wild
Sometimes the best thing to do when you’re feeling stressed is to remove yourself from your surroundings and get some fresh air. Nothing is better than heading to your favourite park or hiking area and embracing the elements. Focus on breathing and take notice of the beauty of your surroundings. It is extremely effective, and you’ll be surprised how good it is after a sneaky night on the town, too.
#3 Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
Whether you’re strongly creatively or not, opening up the right side of your brain is ultra-helpful. It’s great too for releasing some built-up pressures that you have stored away inside. If you love music, art, writing or even dance, relishing in the creative arts is both cleansing and rewarding from the outcome. Focus on what you want to express – there are no boundaries to creativity. You’ll probably be surprised with what you come up with as well.
#4 Focus On Reflection
It’s worthwhile taking some time to understand what might be driving the pressures you’re facing. It’s not about solving all the problems or fixing them immediately. Rather it’s about deeply considering when, where, how and why you might be stressed. Don’t underestimate what some solid personal time can do to help you point out problem areas. If you’re feeling a tad scared about doing this solo, bring in a friend, family member or professional for a second opinion.
#5 Massage Time
Pampering yourself is one of the best types of self-care. Find your nearest spa and book in a good, long massage sesh (you too, gents). Whether it’s an hour or three, massages are extremely therapeutic. The smell of essential oils and the release of tense muscles will relax the body and mind. So, enjoy a little you-time, your body will thank you.
Managing stress can be a difficult process so it’s important to take as many steps as you need to get some release. If you need a bit of a boost to get started, check out these tips on how to create a healthy headspace and get those wheels moving. Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health!