As I told you before I have been feeling kind of off lately. Meaning that I am feeling pretty anxious and stressed on a continuous basis, sometimes even without a clear reason! Maybe you are going through a similar time. Or maybe you are really busy at work and find it difficult to unwind when you get home.
There are a million reasons why people could feel stressed. Sometimes feeling stressed even leads to physical symptoms! These are the most common symptoms:
|Upset stomach||34 %|
|Muscle tension||30 %|
|Change in appetite||23 %|
|Teeth grinding||17 %|
|Change in sex drive||15 %|
|Feeling dizzy||13 %|
It often helps to take a little time and space for yourself to relax and unwind. If you can manage to plan in a little time for just you every day it would really help your level of stress. But what do you do during this little me time? Let me give you a few tips.
Work on your daily mindset
There are of course little things you can do for yourself during the day to stay in a good mindset. These always help me a lot:
- Use your breath
- A very important one. Often people forget the most important thing during a stressful task; just breath.
- Release the tension in your jaw
- Tension in your jaw could lead to headache or dental problems. It is probably not something you are aware of but could really decrease your physical symptoms.
- Take care of yourself
- Check in with your own mindset every now and then and tend to what your body needs. If you need a little walk, do that. If you are actually pretty thirsty, go make yourself some tea.
- Identify what you can and can’t control
- It is very important to realize that you are not in control of some things and that a lot of things might not even be your responsibility.
- Focus on the present moment
- If tomorrow already stresses you out today, try not to focus on that. And try to focus on one of these other tips instead!
- Savor scents
- This is one of my favorites. I love scents that bring up memories and that always puts me in a great mindset. Maybe this concept is familiar to you or maybe totally foreign. But I would definitely recommend.
- Take a bathroom break
- A bathroom break can help you break the cycle of what your doing and get you in a more relaxed mindset and a little less focused one.
For a longer list of little things you can do during the day, visit: https://psychcentral.com/blog/20-ways-to-relax-unwind/
Ways to relax after work or in the weekends
- Definitely not one of of my favorites but I have experienced that for example yoga at the end or beginning of the day really helps with putting yourself in a right mindset.
- Nice hot bath
- Soak your stressed little muscles into a nice hot bath. Preferably with bubbles and combine it with point 3 and 5 and you’re good to go.
- Read a book
- Reading a book helps to get away from your own little world and immerse yourself into someone else’s life completely.
- Change into your favorite sweater
- My favorite! As soon as I get home from work I run upstairs to change into my favorite big hoodie and don’t forget your most comfortable sweatpants.
- A good cup of tea
- Never underestimate the comfort that tea can give to a stressed body.
- Value good company
- My mood always immensely improves when I surround myself with good people and get to relax and watch a movie with them.
- Comfort food all the way
- I don’t need to explain this one right? And your diet can always start tomorrow!
Also read my other blog: I Did A 30 Day Yoga Challenge!
I hope you guys have read a tip here that you haven’t tried yet and that it helps you to become more relaxed. Remember: It’s in the little things we do!