Habits To Destress Yourself
Lately, I’ve been feeling so stressed out, and it’s causing anxiety and minor health problems, such as over-eating, delayed periods and shortness of breath. I’m here to try and help you ease a little of that stress today by incorporating few regular habits. I’ve been working hard at practicing these daily habits myself, and am hoping that you will join me, so we can both make small changes to better our lives. This list is organized by habits you can pick up as soon as you wake up, during the day, and before bedtime.
IN THE MORNING
1. Practice gratitude:
Practicing gratitude helps us remember what is truly important in life.
2. Read one chapter of a self-help book:
The key is to do a little light reading before you start your day to inspire you to be the best version of yourself.
3. Sweat it out:
Sometimes, just getting my workout over with in the beginning of my day relieves stress because I don’t have to think about it! Also, you’ll get those endorphin going- which will make you feel calmer and happier throughout your day.
4. Drink some tea:
Studies have proven that drinking tea, such as Green Tea, not only provides the caffeine you need to jump-start your day, but it’s also great for your immune system. Perhaps swap out the coffee for tea.
5. Envision what you hope to accomplish for the day:
Sometimes I don’t like using the word “meditate” because it scares people. But essentially, if you are taking some time out of your day to simply think in peace, you are meditating. Positive thoughts go a long way. Take a moment to simply think about what you hope to accomplish throughout your day, and envision yourself getting the things done that you need to.
THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY
6. Stick to a clean eating meal-plan:
Putting healthy foods in your body will do the hard work for you. You won’t feel as agitated, bloated, and guilty if you consume the right things. If possible, try to plan out your meals for the day, and stick to a healthy eating regimen. Allow yourself one cheat meal a week.
7. Clean as you go:
I’m always baffled how I can clean my room and then just a week later; it’s already a mess. Like- how does this happen?! It’s usually because I’m not cleaning up as I go. Simply putting things away after you use them and cleaning up after each meal makes a huge difference. When you are finished with your morning coffee (or tea!) wash the dish right away. Fold your laundry as soon as it’s fresh from the dryer (and put the clothes away!) Little habits like this can go a long way.
8. Deep breathing:
When you feel yourself start to get worked up, it’s amazing what 5 deep breaths can do for yourself. See for yourself; go ahead and try it right now! Breathe in…….and out. Repeat 5 times. Deep breathing releases oxygen into your brain, allowing you to think clearer and calm yourself.
9. Declutter your space:
It might be just because I’m Type A, but working in cluttered area adds on unnecessary stress to my day. File away papers that you don’t need at the moment. Put away your clothes if they are sitting out. Keep your desk a space for work, not stress.
10. Take time to stop and listen to your favorite song:
Literally! Don’t take the little moments in life for granted. Slow down and enjoy the beauty around you. It puts life back into perspective.
Insomnia used to be such a problem for me in college, but luckily, it’s much better now. I can’t fall asleep if my mind is racing a million miles an hour. Sometimes just getting those thoughts out on paper can make a huge difference and help you sleep better.
12. Turn the electronic devices off an hour before bed:
I know that I’m slowly killing myself when I check my Snapchat before bed. Just like that; I’m instantly wired and can’t sleep. Likewise, checking Facebook or Instagram right before I hit the bed alerts me as well.
13. Go for a short walk:
A walk after dinner helps metabolize your food and it gives you some space to clear your head before you start to unwind for the night.
14. Get to bed earlier:
Seriously peeps, let’s get real. We all need more sleep. Go to bed half an hour earlier. You’ll thank me in the morning.
Hopefully, incorporating little habits into your day can help relieve some stress. Try these out! What do YOU do when you need to relieve stress? Leave me a comment below!
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