Monday, March 30, 2020

Everyday Stress Relief for Increased Well-Being

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In these uncertain times, relaxation and peace can feel totally out of reach. But that's not true! There are small things every day that we can do to create a stress-free oasis in our lives. And none of them take much planning, energy, or expense.

Get outside

Fresh air, sunshine, and oxygen coursing through your veins? That sounds like a recipe for relaxation! Making time to get outside and experience nature is one of the best-loved methods for reducing anxiety and depression. It's difficult to be wrapped up in the stressful details of day-to-day life when you are surrounded by trees, feeling the wind on your face, and taking in the beauty of a sunset.

Whether you choose to take a walk at lunch, plan a weekend hike, or enjoy a beachside bike ride in the evening, making a daily habit of connecting with the outdoors will reap incredible rewards for your mental and physical health.

Cook a meal

For everyone - from many walks of life, backgrounds, and ideologies - food is known as the universal element of comfort and nurture. Not only is it a necessity or keeping our bodies and minds functioning optimally, but food also creates a feeling of well-being that is unmatched. It reminds us that we deserve to be cared for, and sensual pleasures add rich quality to our everyday lives.

The experience of cooking a meal creates an environment of creativity, a feeling of mindful presence, and a sense of achievement. And sharing the meal with someone you love makes it possible to feel satisfied in every way.

Meditate and breathe

Set aside some time every day to connect with your mind and body. This can be accomplished through meditation, and there are many fantastic meditation apps and programs available online - whether you are looking to spend 5 minutes or an hour on your practice! Or, just spending a few moments focusing on your breath can create an oasis of peace in your busy day. Breathing techniques such as deep belly breathing, counted breathing, and diaphragmatic breathing can all reduce stress, tension, and anxiety in the body and mind.

CBD, or hemp extract, is one of the most exciting new products on the natural stress-relief market today. CBD joints, in particular, provide accessible and easy-to-use vehicles for the beneficial properties of CBD, which are thought to promote better sleep and digestion, a reduction in anxiety and depression, and relief from chronic pain and inflammation.

Spend time with friends

One of the simplest ways to kick the lasting effects of a stressful day (or week!) is to reach out and connect with someone you love. Humans are social creatures, and we require touch, conversation, and nurturing support to feel truly alive.

Call a friend and chat about your day. Make a plan to meet a coworker for a walk at lunch, or after the office closes. Invite a few people over for dinner or game night. Just relax into the knowledge that it doesn't need to be planned, or perfect, to make a positive impact.

No matter how much time or energy you have at your disposal, stress-relief and a sense of well-being are never very far away. Just take a moment to quiet your mind and ask, what do I need right now? Listen and breathe. And you will know the answer.

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