Stress is often a daily occurrence. Most stressors are easily dealt with as they come, and are soon forgotten. Every so often, however, stressors can seem to pile up and threaten to overwhelm you.
Taking the time to relax and shake off the stress and troubles of the day is important. Your busy schedule is hectic enough without being overwhelmed by tension and stress. It might seem a daunting task, but finding a few minutes each day for yourself is important.
Just a few moments a day can make a huge difference in your stress levels and your overall outlook on life.
Make a Cup of Tea
Take just a minute to brew yourself a cup of hot herbal tea. Just the mere act of making tea can be relaxing. The rhythmic dunking of the tea bag can be soothing while the effervescent aroma of sweet herbs surround and invite you. Even better, you can sip while you work, so it takes minimal time out of your day.
Look for non-caffeinated herbal teas like peppermint, chamomile, or vanilla. Caffeine will only serve to make you jittery, and the herbals have real calming effects on your body and mind.
Go For a Walk
Even if it is just a short walk around your building during your lunch hour, taking a walk is great for you. Not only does it allow you to work in a little exercise, but taking a short walk is a great mood enhancer and energy boost.
If you are getting particularly stressed out during a tough day, slip out if you are able and walk off the tension. Sometimes just getting away from the situation can help you come at it from another angle and really make a difference.
Soak in the Tub
After a long day at work, there is nothing quite like a steaming hot bath. Soak all the tension out of your body and just lay back and relax for just a short while.
Add aromatherapy products like essential oils or scented bath products to give yourself a relaxing spa experience at home.
When most people think of meditation, they think of a bunch of hippies sitting in a circle, holding hands and humming. While that is certainly one way to go about it, meditation is really just about clearing your mind and focusing on your breathing.
You can “meditate” just about anywhere. At home, or even in the office, just take a few moments to close your eyes and breath in and out, focusing on each breath until you are able to relax your body and mind.
There are a lot of methods of stress relief that don’t involve long, expensive spa weekends or beach vacations. While those might be nice, you don’t always have the time or means to really escape your everyday stressors.
Taking the time, even if it is just a few moments, to relax and manage your stress is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. A few moments is all it takes, and it will be well worth it in the end.
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Also published on Medium.