5 Easy Ways To Relax Right Now!
Nowadays the internet is flooded with self-help books, videos, and podcasts on the best ways to de-stress. Do you find that these tips tend to work for a day or two, but then life gets in the way? We’ve all been there, and that’s okay. Making little changes – from what you eat to the music you listen to – can have a profound impact on your life. Learn how to say goodbye to stress and feel amazing in 5 easy ways! 1. Goodbye Caffeine The saying is true, you are what you eat. Your body is so powerful, if you nurture it, it will nurture you. One major cause of elevated anxieties and stress is caffeine. I know, how can your beloved coffee be causing this much distress? If your daily intake of caffeine exceeds 1000mg, then you may be susceptible to some nasty side effects, such as nervousness, jitteriness, rapid breathing and an increase in stress-levels. If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be a good idea to cut down. Instead, why not replace your morning coffee with a fresh juice or Kombucha? 2. Soothing music Did you know the music you listen to can also affect your mood, and in turn affect how stressed and anxious you feel? The frequency your music is tuned to can have a dramatic impact on your psychological wellbeing. Music tuned into 432Hz can offer many benefits, including relaxation and stress release. Due to the more harmonic and pleasant nature of 432Hz music, it aids in the release of serotonin and endorphins, which in turn keep blood pressure and heart rate stable. 432Hz Music helps with releasing negative energy blockages and acts as a good sound healing tool to release toxins. 3. Meditating the stress away You could also include this music in your daily meditation/breathwork practice. Learn to be kinder to yourself with something called ‘loving kindness meditation’. This is a form of meditation that involves spending time cultivating a feeling of kindness toward yourself. By practising a more grateful attitude toward life you can feel more capable to tackle any stressful situations head-on. Daily meditation can help to decode your negative mindset and allow you to have a more positive outlook on life. Don’t have time to meditate? A quick solution is to take deep breaths in through the nose and out through your mouth. Fill your whole body with air before releasing. This will slow your heart rate down. Meditation and breathwork are great natural stress relievers. 4. Writing it all down Does your mind ever feel like a bowl of spaghetti? Journaling can be used as an effective tool to release stress. Writing down how you’re feeling can help to organise your thoughts. Sometimes it’s difficult to do this without seeing them plainly in front of you. Why not write down three things you did today, and any compliments that people gave you? You can then read these back from time to time! This has a huge impact on our mental health. Seeing the positive things we accomplish, however small, can put things into perspective. It can help us to not sweat the little things. 5. Getting active An easy, natural, yet incredibly powerful method of reducing stress is simply putting one foot in front of the other and increasing your day-to-day physical activity levels. You can incorporate this into your everyday life, too. When I say get active, I don’t mean you need to spend two hours in the gym every day (unless you want to of course). What I do mean is spend 10-15 minutes each day doing some form of activity. I recommend doing some yoga – it focuses on working with the body, rather than pushing it to new extremes. When trying to reduce stress, it’s the perfect physical activity! Ultimately, there are countless ways to reduce stress. Our Natural Health Lab offers so many diverse techniques that can help you. It’s important to find what works for you so that you can maintain these practices and eradicate stress from your life.