According to Gallup, eight in 10 Americans are afflicted by stress throughout their day. Stress can impact our relationships, work ethic, and even our physical health.
TREAT YOURSELF TO DOWN TIME: 5 simple ways to relax and destress
It’s highly likely you need to take a break from your daily grind and unwind.
Give yourself the hard-earned “me time” you deserve with these five simple ways to relax and destress.
Don’t put your mental and physical health on the back-burner, ladies. Instead, try these relaxation techniques today!
1. TRY GUIDED IMAGERY
Unplug from the world for a second. Instead of staring at your phone or snapping cute pics, find ways to relax without it. Try guided imagery to take a break from reality. Think of it as a short mental vacation.
Imagine stepping into your happy place.
Where you go is up to you. You can sit on a glorious, sandy beach or bundle up in a snowed-in winter cabin. Either way, this exercise allows you to learn how to calm your mind wherever you are in reality.
2. SWEAT IT OUT
Mentally stressing yourself out will take a physical toll on your body, too.
It’s recommended for adults over age 18 to get at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity a week. Exercising throughout the week can also improve your mental health and mood.
Step it up with a group activity with your girlfriends! If Zumba isn’t quite your style, that’s okay. Try weightlifting, resistance bands, yoga, or other muscle-strengthening activities. There’s always walking, gardening, and swimming, too.
Find a routine that helps you feel great about yourself as you sweat out your stress.
Meditation is a great way to manage your stress. Like guided imagery, you have the convenience of using this technique anytime, anywhere. Try developing a mantra and repeating it in your mind.
At the same time, take slow, deep breaths.
Try to stay in the moment. Focus on what you hear, see, taste, smell, and touch. If a distracting thought pops up, just push it aside.
Meditation and mindfulness take practice. Don’t give up! Learning how to focus and push away distractions can help your mental well-being in the long-run.
4. FOCUSED BREATHING
You can also use breathing techniques to lower your stress levels.
Breathe in through your nose and fill your lungs with air. Imagine the movement of the air from your nose, down your throat, and to your lungs as you breathe.
Hold your breath for one second. Then, slowly breathe out through your nose, counting to three. With each breath, imagine the stress and tension escaping from your body.;
5. GET CREATIVE
Get in touch with your creative side! Grab a coloring book, art pad, or notebook and let your imagination take over.
Adult coloring books are in right now, so there are plenty to choose from. Coloring has a meditative effect on the mind and can help you learn to relax.
UNWIND WITH SOME ME TIME
It’s time to take a breath and chill for a sec. With these five simple ways to relax and destress, you can finally get the “me time” you’ve definitely earned!
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