We live life at rocket speed. Dashing between work and home responsibilities it’s no wonder we feel constantly stressed, our minds a whirl of appointments and to-do lists. We know it’s an unhealthy way to live, but how do you step off the merry-go-round without falling down?
To keep your equilibrium you have to make time to de-stress and quiet your mind. Try these stress management tips to re-balance your life:
- Unplug from the Rat Race
Set aside time to disconnect from the frantic, 24-hour, always-on-call demands of modern technology. Turn off your smartphone, tablet and laptop. Click off the TV and shelve your iPod. To successfully sever the tech umbilical cord you may have to put your favorite electronic devices in another room where you won’t be tempted to check for missed messages. Focus on the natural world around you. Go for a long walk, watch a sunset, sit on the porch and watch the birds flit around the feeder. Let the world flow around you and wash away your cares.
- Feed Your Soul
Take a short break and read something that inspires you such as poetry, Bible verses or essays by someone you admire. Use this time to nurture your spirit.
- Quiet Your Mind through Meditation
Make time to meditate. Find a quiet spot free of distractions and close your eyes. Concentrate on taking slow, deep breaths while relaxing your muscles. With practice you can learn basic meditation techniques using online self-help articles, CDs and videos. Find meditation classes at health clubs, yoga centers or community centers.
- Exercise Away Stress
Exercise rids the body of stress hormones and stimulates the production of mood elevating endorphins. For the greatest benefit, try aerobic exercises that engage large muscle groups in rhythmic motion such as jogging, walking, cycling or rollerblading.
- Play Hooky
Put down your to-do lists. Ignore your brain’s “I must” commands and do what makes you happy. Like playing hooky from school, slipping away from responsibilities, if only for a little while, is a deliciously freeing feeling.
Use these stress management techniques to take regular breaks from the constant demands that crowd your life and life will feel happier, more satisfying and more manageable.