In a society where there are so many things in our lives going on from making that end of month target at work to staying fit and healthy, keeping up with our partner or children’s extra curricular activities to making time to spend time with friends and family, or even making the time to be able to do something for yourself. Sometimes it can get to that point where you just want to shut that door on the world around you and take a few minutes to sit and destress, take a few deep breaths and gather strength to start again.
There have been many a time when I have been in that situation after a busy day at work, when there have been clients, phone calls, work dead lines, I have come home from work and just had some down time for five minutes to gather my thoughts.
Ultimately the best thing is to recognize what triggers your stressful reactions is a very important first step in managing your stress. After figuring out what exactly is working you up, you can create a list of your top triggers and work on eliminating them if possible, or at least changing your reactions. This is why it is important to learn how you can relax and destress easily. You don’t have to become a meditation guru or attend yoga five days per week in order to live a relaxed life. In fact, here are 8 Ways to Destress (No matter where you are), so you can lead a happier and healthier life:
- Simplify – Don’t overcomplicated things. Start simplifying your life by cutting out what you don’t need. If you have a cluttered house, start de-cluttering. If you’re running around all the time, cut out things you don’t absolutely have to do. Just let go of what you can let go of
- Be Healthy – It has been proven time and time again that one of the best ways to relieve stress is by being healthy. Whether it’s going for a walk, taking a yoga class, staying away from treats like chocolate and getting a good night’s sleep, taking care of your body is one of the most common and effective ways to reduce stress in your life.
- Breathe Deeply – Throughout the day take a few deep breaths at a time and let them out slowly. Relax fully as you exhale. You can literally feel the stress melt off of you when you do this.
- Offer Gratitude – Even on the tough days when you’re ready to pull your hair out, find something to be grateful for. Do you have a roof over your head? Offer thanks for it. Are you healthy? That’s something to be grateful for! When you offer gratitude, you welcome good things into your life.
- Keep Balanced – This is sometimes difficult to do, but balance out the different areas of your life. Spend adequate time investing in yourself emotionally, spiritually, financially, mentally and socially.
- Do something that makes you Happy – Between all of your obligations and responsibilities, you may think you no longer have time for the hobbies that you used to make you happy. To reduce the stress in your life, make the time to do something pleasurable. It could be something as simple as enjoying your favourite show, taking a nap, going to the movies, talking to a friend, listening to your favourite music, or planning a vacation to your favourite destination.
- Smile – Smile often, as it just helps you to relax and feel optimistic. Smile at those you see and watch how your smile causes them to smile back. Pleasantness goes a long way for mood.
- Get Organized – Whether it’s in the home or at the workplace, disorganization is one of the most common stress triggers. After all, it’s frustrating when you can never find that one thing you’re looking for. That’s why you should not only straighten up your home or office, but develop a system to keep it organized.
Amanda Ogden is from Sydney Australia, and has spent the past 13 years working within the welfare industry in both administration and case management assisting people with mental health issues, mild intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, drug & alcohol, homelessness gain employment. She also loves travelling, creating jewellery, music, friends and family.