You’ll hear people tell you stress is the main symptom of a life well lived; raising a family, kicking goals at work, burning the candle at both ends and succeeding. Even failure is a success in itself, as there’s no better time to start again…Positive up-talk aside, stress may be a sign your heart’s beating and the days are turning but it isn’t one you should want to harbour for any longer than you have to.
It’s time to let it go.
If family commitments have you down or work/life balance feels like a far-away, fluffy buzz word, maybe it’s time to hit the gym more and channel those endorphins. Maybe, maybe, maybe – while you’re mulling over those maybes, take stock of our 5 simple ways to reduce stress. All you need to do is try.
1. Sleep More
Shut-eye. Snooze. Zzz’s. Sleep is one of those activities everybody loves once they’ve fallen into their own sub-consciousness, but it’s the getting there that really hurts. More people are succumbing to the pressures of anxiety and insomnia, as the 9 to 5 work day becomes a 24/7 beast, connected to the office by devices and internet signals. We worry more and sleep less. Do yourself a favour – no devices after 8pm. Switch off your phone or put it on the charger, in another room; invest in a clock radio and get through the first few nights without checking Facebook or work emails; don’t answer work emails after work. Remove your constant availability, become more present in real life and you’ll find sleep an easy experience once again.
2. You Time
When was the last time you took a little you-time? We’re not talking about the few hours a week you spend in front of the tube, trying to tune out competing voices or partners – real you time. Go fishing, go for a ride, go for a walk – find a local café, take a favourite book or magazine, order a low calorie beverage and enjoy your own presence.
Get moving. Exercise can be an efficient and friendly cure for long or short term stress, as the body churns through the stress hormone cortisol and releases happy hormones. Reaching personal bests, getting out of the house, reducing fatigue, boosting energy, kick-starting metabolism and alleviating anxiety are all benefits of a regular exercise routine. Are you sure you want to stay inside, away from the world?
4. Do Something You Enjoy
Get bendy with yoga or shake your butt with a weekly Zumba class, meditate on your life or join a social club – make friends, learn something new, distract yourself from the crushing force of stress and you’ll find it will start to dissipate. Almost as if stress wasn’t there. Enjoyment and happy feelings are the natural enemies of stress – find something you love and don’t be afraid to show it.
5. Respect Yourself
Forget those weekend binges and beer benders; don’t slack off on Monday’s just because you’re tired; replace a bad meal every week until you have an awesome menu on your plate and most of all, show your body the respect and care it deserves.
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