Simple Steps to Slow the Stress Down
I work with a lot a busy professionals and one of the biggest issues that they face in managing their health is STRESS. Often my clients are so busy working that they don’t have time to care for themselves and as a consequence, their health suffers. Stress plays such an important role in how we feel on a day-to-day basis, as well as how we manage our daily obligations. For many men & women, there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to prioritise their own health and wellbeing. But there are some simple techniques that you can implement in your daily life that will not only help manage stress but also help you look and feel better.
5 Steps to Start to Slow Down and Feel Better
Start To Say NO!
Many clients I work with, and even most that I know are always saying yes. Yes to new projects, yes to helping with another's workload. Yes to work drinks. Saying yes to everything leaves no room for ‘me time’ and the result is a flustered and resentful life. Stopping to think before you accept every invitation and request, and practicing politely declining some is a powerful and easy way to make some space in one’s life.
Remember To Breathe.
When we become rushed and busy we often forget to breathe and when we do breathe, it’s shallow and rushed. Remembering to take a deep breath in, through the nose and release it slowly out through the mouth is a great way to reduce the level of stress hormones in the body which can have a profound impact on how ‘rushed’ we feel. Putting post-it-notes in places where you frequently go (the toilet, the steering wheel of the car) can be a reminder to give your body a little break every day.
Find Five Minutes.
Meditation is by far the most effective way to manage stress and that continual feeling of overwhelm. It can help improve sleep, memory, weight, relationships and much more, but most people believe they don’t have time. Although meditating for 20 minutes per day is fantastic for overall health, taking five minutes every day can have a profound impact on how you feel. There are so many amazing free iPhone apps so, it is as simple as sitting or lying somewhere comfortable and listening to a guided meditation for this short period of time.
Slow Down The Movement.
Sometimes less is more when it comes to exercise. Lots of clients I see are so active during the day and report that they are constantly running around. Typically when they find time to exercise they choose a similar style of movement like running, high-intensity exercise classes or boxing. This type of exercise perpetuates the type of stress that the body has been under for the whole day. Choosing a slower, more nurturing exercise like yoga or Pilates will create the perfect counterbalance to the high intensity of everyday life.
For me, sleep is actually the most important of all steps. Quality sleep is the difference between an enjoyable life and a stressful life. Life is busy, I get that and with only 24 hours in the day, and so much we THINK we need to do, not keeping it a priority can seriously affect quality and quantity of shut eye.
Please read back to my post
'Time's a changin...How to get better sleep!' for 5 tips on how to improve this sacred time.
Sleeping better means a more productive and happy life the following day.