They say moving is one of the highest stress inducers and I’d have to agree. But embarking on my third move this year, I am doing things a little different to avoid losing my cool. You can apply these ‘keep calm’ tips to daily stress, frustrations with work, or feeling overwhelmed due to school, finances, or your relationships. I’m able to wear a smile during this transition and it’s because I stopped to nourish my body inside and out. See how I’m staying sane…
I often forget to breathe. So much so, I am considering getting a ‘Breathe’ tattoo on my wrist to remind me! Regardless of whether or not I end up following through with body ink, I do take time everyday, even if just ten minutes, to salute the sun, empty my mind, take in fresh oxygen, and release stale air and stress. All you need is a mat and either some peace and quiet or relaxing tunes.
Sweating it out may not be your cup of tea, but physical activity should be. Whether you walk, run, hike, or spin, exercise is good for your heart, hips, waist line, and brain. Aim for a minimum of 20 minutes per day and elevate your heart rate for increased endorphin production (aka ‘natural high’) and boost your energy levels. During times like these where I can’t get to the gym, I get my fix with a run or hop on my spin bike and do intervals for 30 minutes. Sometimes I even put myself through a boot camp routine of push ups, plank, jump squats, situps, and lunges. No equipment required. I do high intensity for one minute, rest for ten seconds, and then repeat for a total of 20-30 minutes.
There is no excuse for not taking care of yourself and getting a little R&R. Do something sweet for your body like get a manicure or pedicure, take time to catch up on that stack of magazines that have been collecting dust, or soak in a warm bath. It may not seem like much, but your tired body will thank you for making it a priority and you will be able to tackle life’s stresses with a bit more calm and grace.
When you are busy and stressed, it’s not unusual to skip meals or eat unhealthy food, but this really does make matters worse. Keep your blood sugar levels balanced and nourish your busy body with clean, unprocessed, and fresh food. If you don’t have time to cook, blend a smoothie to get your nutrients, and have some fresh nuts and seeds on hand, as well as a few nutritious bars to snack on. Try to eat small portions throughout the day so you’re not inclined to binge at night.
Laughter is a peak experience––those times when nothing else in the world matters. When you’re inner engine is revving, grab your partner or a friend and make time for play!