Got 10 minutes? Try one of these ways to de-stress!
Life is beyond stressful sometimes. We are pulled in so many different directions — careers, kids, trying to squeeze in some “me time” — that sometimes it feels impossible to avoid that overwhelm. But we do owe it to ourselves to try to avoid the heart racing, heaving breathing, and spike in cortisol that happens when our bodies experience stress. The good news is that there are many ways to de-stress in just a few minutes each day.
There are a wide variety of ways to de-stress, though of course not every approach will work for you. It is important to find the right stress-relieving activity that helps you relax and return your systems and well-being to normal. Here are four ways to de-stress now! Leave us a comment to tell us what worked for you.
It’s no secret that exercise relieves stress, thanks in part to the rush of endorphins we feel after even mild activity. (Remember my previous post on walking?) Pick your favorite exercise poison here, but walking and yoga are easy, accessible ways to clear your mind. Carve out 10 minutes of your morning or lunch break to give your mind and body a reset. For an added boost, try exercising in nature or another “green space” such as a park or garden.
Eat a Healthy Snack
Stress eating is an easy trap to fall into, and we’ve probably all been there at some point! When done often, all that unhealthy comfort food can weigh us down mentally and physically, which only makes us feel worse. If you are a regular comfort eater, try swapping your usual choices for a more healthful alternative. Check out these lighter recipes and these snack ideas.
Unplug from Technology
Whether you realize it or not, your phone, television habits, and social media profiles can have a huge impact on how stressed you are throughout the day. In fact, content overload from these various media could be one of the biggest stressors in your life. One of the easiest ways to de-stress is to turn technology off and relax for a little while to reset your brain and bodily systems. Read a book, do something active, or color with your kids instead of surfing the ‘net or watching mindless TV.
Start a New Hobby
When life feels overwhelming, one of the best life lines you can throw yourself is 10 minutes to do something you love. If you’re like me, many of your favorite hobbies probably fell by the wayside when you became a parent, but there is no time like the present to pick one back up or try something new. Take it easy on yourself and maybe try something like a few daily minutes of crocheting rather than a brief glassblowing session. 😉 I recently started experimenting with basic hand lettering, which is challenging, meditative, but easy to put down if I need to go make dinner.