5 Tips to De-stress the Stressed Out Girl
Last week was super hectic for me. Work was much busier than usual and my to-do list was unending. Mid-way through the week, I found myself getting anxious and feeling stressed out. It is one of the worst feelings if you ask me. That being said, I did everything in my power to de-stress and find ways to cope with my anxiety. Here are five tips I followed to relieve the tension. Making time for each of these will make all of the difference. Trust me.
Sunrise or Sunset yoga
A calming sweat session is a perfect remedy for an anxious soul. I especially love being outside in the fresh air. It flushes my mind and body from stress and negative thoughts. A yoga flow helps to find a connection between the mind and body while eliminating toxins. Also, I know that for me personally if I miss a workout I get more stressed, so making time to move my body relives any added pressure. A quiet and slow flow is just what I need.
This is one of my favorite ways. Deconnected from a phone, I go for a 20-30 minute walk outside in the fresh air. I intentionally focus my mind on things that bring me joy - the beach, my family, vacations, good times from childhood, etc. It brings a smile to my face and helps clear my head of any negative thoughts. Walking relives tension that can build up in your body - for me, it is in my neck and shoulders. Walking releases the stress in these areas and helps reset my focus.
Oh, this is a big one. I love praying and relinquishing the negativity from my soul. When I pray, I trust that God has the best plans for me to give me a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). I know that my future is already measured, so I do not have to fear what tomorrow brings. I meditate on this fact. I find is so relieving to "let go and let God."
This is a technique my mom taught me when I used to get worried about tests. A long and slow deep breath in, followed by a slow exhale physically releases the stress from your mind and muscles. This technique slows the heart rate and lowers blood pressure - providing relief. I love getting lost in the sound of each breath. It takes me to another place. I focus on my body expanding and contracting with each breath.
Force yourself to look at the postivies in life and find ways to make yourself laugh. Laughing fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure resulting in a nice, relaxed feeling.* Another reason I love laughing because it truly soothes my mind and body. In fact, it can relax muscles and stimulate circulation - reducing the physical symptoms of stress.* A good laugh tells your body and mind that things are positive. So get your jokes going and find ways to bring about laughter.