(Image credit: Q Carleton)
Following the first post for April, which provided tips for becoming aware of how stress may manifest in our lives, let’s explore some other options for managing stress. Ultimately, the goal is to minimize or eliminate stressors and to build healthy habits to deal with them when they arise. We’re not all expert meditators, though, but there are other ways to slow down the busy pace of modern life than focusing on the breath.
Journal: Journaling helps clear the mind, process events, and even frees up your brain to be creative. Whether it’s free-writing stream-of-consciousness words on a page, goal planning and breakdown, or jotting lists before going to bed, writing down one’s thoughts has proven psychological and even some physiological benefits.
Monitor Internet Use: What you have to do for your job is beyond your immediate control, but you don’t have to be logged in all the time. Consider setting aside a day each week to go ‘net-free.
Hello, Humans: Visit in-person, put the phones away, and enjoy some time with people—and maybe four-legged friends!—who energize you.
Get Outside: Enjoy nature; go for a walk at lunch or after work. Aim to see the daytime sky once a day. Be a kid and look for interesting rocks and leaves. Obtain a guide to the local flora and fauna in your area and see how much of it you can find.
Chew and Swallow: Digestion begins in the mouth. Want maximum ROI on your lunch? Try chewing each bite 25-50 times before swallowing and leave your desk.
Stress management shouldn’t stress you out. Consider what you can work into your routine to slow down and enjoy your life.
Reference: Institute for Integrative Nutrition, “Top 10 Tips to Slow Down.”