5 Quick and Easy Tips to De-Stress
There are SO MANY situations in motherhood that have the potential to cause stress and anxiety:
making sure your kids eat and eat healthy
them getting sick and not knowing if you're overreacting or not doing enough...
I could go on and on, but I won't because YOU KNOW!
Not to mention many of us have a habit of over committing and putting high demands on yourself.
This means LOTS OF STRESS on the daily!!
And on top of that you probably don't have a weekly self-care routine to reset and rejuvenate.
Am I right?
The truth is stress and anxiety are a part of life and motherhood. But we do need to learn how to de-stress and release anxiety because...
...if we don't, we will suffer physically (burnout our sweet adrenals for one), mentally and emotionally.
And don't get me started on adrenal fatigue (my other passion project)
The good news is there are ways to teach your body and mind to de-stress. And the cool thing is...
...there is science behind this.
because these 5 tips release a powerful hormone that lowers the stress hormone, cortisol. This powerful hormone is called Oxytocin, or our "happy" hormone. So not only is it releasing stress, it makes us happier too, a WIN, WIN!
So here's the good stuff...
5 quick and easy tips to destress:
There is science behind the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine?” Laughter not only produces oxytocin, it's also known to help boost your energy, your immune system and even reduce pain. So cool right?
This can be genuine or fake laughter, the brain doesn’t know the difference.
So either spend a few minutes laughing by listening to your favorite comedian during your commute to work or while exercising
Surround yourself with people who make you laugh
Or just start laughing
2. HUG SOMEONE
Embrace someone, it’s best when you hug someone you love
Enjoy that hug and stay a little longer than normal and feel the effects
If you don’t have the opportunity to hug someone you love than imagine you are hugging someone you love or that you are being hugged by someone you love
Cuddling has the same effect
Pets are great for this
3. TAKE A WALK
It doesn’t have to be long, even 10 minutes is beneficial
Walking, and walking outside is recommended and is statistically correlated with higher levels of oxytocin
If your day is full of meetings, perhaps you can suggest a walking meeting with a co-worker, you might be surprised that when walking and talking business you can experience more inspirations, creativity and ah-ha moments
4. DO SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOURSELF DAILY
We often over-extend ourselves by trying to do and be everything. Especially as mothers, we learn to do this at an early age and then it becomes a habit that is hard to break. This busyness just becomes our new normal. As a result, we end up deleting ourselves and our adrenals.
Make a commitment to do something special for yourself every single day. For example, take a bath, walk in nature, book a massage, go to a movie by yourself, plan a date with a friend or treat yourself to a special treat
5. TAKE DEEP BREATHS EVERY DAY
When our bodies are stressed we breathe shallowly and fast.
Breathing deep is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body which slows down your heart rate and decreases your blood pressure
Ideally sit comfortably, close your eyes, set a timer for 2-3 minutes and just allow yourself to inhale and exhale, each for the count of 5 seconds. Try not to judge yourself for being distracted when distractions come up. Our brains are just doing their job. When distracted bring yourself back to the breath. And just keeping doing that over time it gets easier. But know that we all struggle with it, even those that have been practicing meditation for years.
Get the "Breathe" App that sends you reminders to breathe throughout the day, I have it and it's awesome!
There you have it, the 5 quick and easy tips to de-stress.
Tell me... which one are you COMMITTED to add to your life this week?