Another school year has begun. If youâ€™re already feeling stressed, make sure you know how to relax as the pressure builds. The Timbercreek Communities blog team has some simple tips on how to feel less stressed after the first 2 weeks of school.
Go for a 10 Minute Walk
It doesnâ€™t take much for stress to creep into your life. Fortunately, it doesnâ€™t take much effort to relieve that stress, once you are aware of it. Going for a short walk is a great way to quickly put your mind and body at ease. If all you can spare is 10 minutes for a stroll around the block, take the time and do it. If you feel you need a bit more stress relief, try to count your steps as you walk. When you find yourself thinking (especially the same thoughts that brought on the stress) simply bring your mind back to counting your steps.
Step Away from the Screen
You have a lot of work to do, which means you need to look at your computer screen constantly. Be sure to take regular breaks from the screen to avoid increased stress. The artificial light from computer and TV screens can affect melatonin production and interrupt circadian rhythms. This prevents deep, restorative sleep and causes an increase in stress and stress hormone production. To stay productive, you need to step away from the screen with regular breaks.
See Your BFF
Humans are social animals. The feeling of being connected with others is a great stress reliever. Socializing with trusted friends can bring about feelings of safety, security, belonging and enjoyment. It reminds us of the big picture and what is actually important. So, the next time you feel yourself getting tense, reach out and connect with a friend.
Yoga has been used for thousands of years to maintain a healthy, flexible body and a stress-free mind. You donâ€™t have to be able to twist yourself into a pretzel shape to reap the benefits. The simple act of focusing your breath and attention as you move will help you deal with whatever life throws at you. This video will help you focus and flow.
Cook a Meal
You can cut the stress out of your day as you cut up some vegetables for dinner. Cooking can reduce stress for a number of reasons. The act of chopping can be a release, the smell of food and spices can function as aromatherapy, and the act of asserting some control in a situation is good for stress levels. In the kitchen you can be in control, as you focus on the task in front of you. The best part is you get to eat after you cook!
Youâ€™ve worked hard to get where you are. It will take even more hard work to get where you want to go. Learning to control your stress will add to your overall enjoyment of life. For more information on Timbercreek Communities in London and Waterloo, please visit our website.