Relieve stress! We all lead very different lives. However, one common theme is that we all have life stress that is thrown in our path in one way or another. Sometimes these are incidents we can control. However, many are unexpected changes like job loss, a health issue or even family trouble. Managing stress is a huge factor in maintaining a healthy mind and body.
Relieve Stress for a Healthy Mind & Body
I am certainly not an expert, but there are little ways that I have found that help me relieve stress on a daily basis. We all know that eating healthy foods and exercising are crucial to helping to shape the body that we want to see looking back at the mirror. However, stress and all that it entails can often really hold us back in our efforts.
Experiencing stress can often lead to lack of sleep or injury at the gym. We need to mentally take care of ourselves in order to truly achieve good health. These are some tips I have discovered that help me relieve stress in a positive way.
This is huge. Getting enough sleep is such a big part of controlling stress. In fact, if you do want to lose weight getting more sleep can be very beneficial to controlling our hormones. When we don’t get enough sleep our body releases cortisol. Very often it sends us into a fight or flight response that does not allow us to make improvements in our fitness. Prioritize sleep as much as you possibly can. Try to set a schedule and get a good amount of shut eye every night. I feel we often live in a society where not needing sleep is a badge of honor. You can only get by with that attitude so long. Sleep is very necessary to manage the everyday stresses big and small that can come our way.
Eating whole foods makes us feel better and gives us energy for life’s battles. So many good choices when you are grocery shopping!
Complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and lean proteins will help balance blood sugar. Do not skip meals or get food on the go either. A lot of times you can end up in areas that have absolutely no options. If you are super pressed for time grab a piece of fruit and a protein bar. Going hours without eating is an easy trap to fall into. Before you know it, you haven’t eaten since breakfast.
A Workout Plan
What is a workout that can help you relieve stress? Maybe lifting weights at the gym is your jam. If you looking for something social there are classes you can try out. Whatever you preferred exercise is be sure to do it. I have worked out in the evening for as long as I can remember now. I actually found it very stressful to work out in the mornings! Hitting the gym in the evening is almost a signal that the day is coming to a close and I can decompress. Find when and what works for you. When the going gets tough those endorphins will bring you a huge benefit.
Find Your Zen
Scott has been trying to get me to meditate FOREVER. He loves it and feels it offers amazing reduction to daily stress. I practice for a few days and then the habit falls by the wayside. I love yoga, but have a hard time making it to the scheduled class times. What’s my zen? Walks. I live in a warm climate and find that a walk really clears my head.
Maybe meditation or other relaxation technique is beneficial to you and your lifestyle. My advice? Find the zen that helps you to relieve stress and make it a priority.
Seriously – if you can avoid crowds and heavy traffic this one can be pretty major. Even if I didn’t need to I got in the habit of always doing my grocery shopping Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. These times are the absolute worst since it’s when everyone else is there too. Maybe you can change your work hours to avoid a rough commute or find those pockets of time to run your errands so you don’t have to wait in a long line. Go out to dinner a little earlier or later. Check out all these free seats!
Bonus tip – if you get to stores early (i.e. when they open) there is less potential for crowds. I have my mom to thank for this one!
The “To Do” List
Find the perfect notebook or method of list keeping that you like. Be old fashioned or modern – either way works! Once a week or every night jot down a little of all your to do items. It unburdens your mind space a bit so you don’t have to constantly remember emails to write, phone calls to make or bills to pay. The act of preparing itself can be helpful to stress reduction.
Like I said I am not perfect, but I do know that there are always small ways we can relieve stress if we are honest with ourselves about what is working to improve our lifestyle.
How About You?
- How do you relieve stress?
- What’s your form of zen?