Did you know that almost half of the U.S. population claims their stress levels increased in the last 5 years?
If you think about it, we’re actually surprised the number is not higher than that. With busy, hectic lives we live, it’s no wonder stress is one of the most common symptoms of the modern age. It is known to make people physically sick, depressed, unable to think rationally, and even learn new things, ultimately preventing us from going back to our everyday routine. But we cannot really allow ourselves to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves, can we?
- Get Yourself Up and Running
You should get some exercise is probably the easiest piece of advice you can give to someone, and at the same time the most difficult one to follow. With most of our attention being focused on our work and family responsibilities, more often than not it happens that we neglect our health, what affects us both physically and mentally.
Scientific studies show exercising produces endorphins which help build stamina and improve our mood. Even a 5-minute workout on a daily basis can bring about significant emotional changes, but we recommend a one-hour training, 3 or 4 times a week.
- Careful What You Eat
To have enough energy to start with your fitness routine, you have to start eating the right food that will nourish your body. However, we emphasize there is no one universal diet, as everybody has different, unique nutritional requirements. With this in mind, base your dietary plan on an understanding of your specific body type. Appropriate and nutritious diet will help build up your immune system and will make your body strong enough to deal with everyday stress.
- Massage the Stress Away
Massage will help you turn off your mind for just a little while from everyday worries, as it helps relax tight muscles, enhances circulation and lowers the overall stress levels. Before you say you have no time for a massage, let us change your mind by revealing the fact that more and more Australians opt for mobile massage in Melbourne, as that way, a professional arrives at your location when it suits you, instead of the other way around.
- Go and Leave Everything Behind
At least for a while. Although you might find it impossible to set aside some free time to take a road trip, it is precisely what you need. It might not be a two-week European tour; even if it’s just a one-day trip to the lake or a weekend getaway, you still have something to look forward to and take your mind off work. Trust us, only a few hours away from the epicenter of stress can lower its levels significantly.
- Get Busy With What You Are Good At
Whether you are looking for some alone time or you wish to spend more of it with your family, a hobby is an excellent way to relief from stress. Whether it is painting, drawing, dancing or crafting, creative activities help us reach the state of complete mental involvement, and they have the same effect as meditation.
- Practice Mindfulness
According to a Tibetan monk, once you begin looking at smaller details, life becomes more colorful. Whether you are preparing a meal, washing the dishes or ironing, steps are repetitive and you’ll need to spice these boring everyday activities up a bit. Think of how careful you have to iron that light summer shirt, how precisely you have to cut the meat, or how it is going to taste. By focusing on one moment, zooming it in instead of letting million things go through your head, you help completely relax your mind and body.
- Get Organized
With the previously mentioned mindfulness exercises, we actually help our mind better focus on one task at a time. It is a common misconception that multitasking is the key to achieving your goals, when it actually only increases our stress levels. The simplest solution? To-do lists.
With this in mind, lets conclude with this simple tip: pick up a piece of paper and write down every single thing you have to accomplish for the day (or a longer period of time), prioritize them, and remember – do only one at a time.
About The Author:
The above post features Peter Minkoff , who graces my Blog every now & then with his appearance. For those who are new to my Blog, or do not know him, Peter is a beauty and fashion editor for HighStyleLife magazine in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a fashion stylist and also as a freelance writer for few local magazines in Brisbane. Beside writing, he loves shopping, making DIY cosmetics and traveling around tropical destinations. His future plans are in creating his personal lifestyle blog about everyday life-saving tips. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter.