We are all familiar with stress. It seems to be ingrained in our very life as a default. However, it’s not as bad as it all seems. Putting ourselves on track to a healthy life is always in our hands. And we can begin with adopting low-stress living. One may ask if a thing like low-stress even exists in today’s world. Surprisingly, it does and is linked with tweaking our habits to bring down our daily stress. The best part is that it’s not so very complicated. All it requires is a little bit of resolve and purpose.
Step 1: Caring for yourself. Often in the hectic rush we forget to take care of our bodies. Little things count. It includes getting the prescribed seven hours sleep, eating good food and doing things that make you happy.
Step 2: Maintaining a healthy diet. This cannot be overstated. Including a balanced, nutrition in your daily meals, cutting down on excess fat and oil in your diet, eliminating binge eating will yield results. And did you know a healthy body is lined to a healthy mind!
Step 3: Start your mornings right. The first waking hour sets the mood and tone for your entire day. So, don’t rush or stress about the to do things at work or home. Make a list of things that are absolutely necessary to be done, discard the rest. Cultivate early morning habits like a short walk, breathing, walking in your garden or other relaxing habits.
Step 4: End your day happily as well. How you wind up each day also counts. There’s no sense in going to bed with an agitated mind. It hampers your sleep, not to mention increasing your blood pressure as well. An overactive mind produces stress hormones. So, take up relaxing things – listen to music, read a good book, watch your favorite soap or movie and go to bed at a regular time.
Step 5: Exercise regularly. Again, an oft chanted mantra but a significant one. Ensure you get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Choose the form of exercise that suits you best. Exercise releases tension, reduces cortisol and raises your endorphin levels. In simple terms it makes your mind and body happy.
Stress management is really simple. We just need to muster up the determination to change our habits and stick to it. Once you get started on good habits, you’ll discover only good comes from it!