There are some things in our lives we just can’t control. There will always be an endless stream of opportunities to worry. However, the way we respond to those stressors plays a major role in our overall well-being.
The following list includes ten easy-to-implement methods that will have you feeling calm and able to handle whatever life throws your way!
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This is an obvious recommendation but sleep really is so important for our overall well-being. It’s frequently overlooked because in today’s busy world people are always on the go and rarely take time for self-care. However, a lack of shut-eye can leave us feeling tired, foggy, and irritable.
As a stay at home mom of two toddlers, I definitely understand that sometimes it’s easier said than done, but it really is so important to grab some extra rest wherever we can! Even if it means a 30 minute power nap during nap time.
TAKE A “SCREEN” BREAK
Adults spend approximately 11 hours per day in front of screens!
One of the biggest issues is screen time before bed. Watching television or playing with your phone may seem like a great way to unwind at the end of the day but it can actually cause unnecessary stimulation that makes it harder for you to fall asleep. And of course we’ve already covered the effects of sleep deprivation on our mental health!
Spending too much time with our electronics can also decrease the amount of social interaction we have with loved ones.
Don’t you just feel good when you finish cleaning your entire house?
There’s a reason for that!
When our surroundings are in order it gives the illusion of control. It makes us feel like we have our lives together. If you find yourself feeling like everything is going wrong, take a day to clean and organize your entire home or even just an area that you spend the most time in. Maybe it will leave you with a fresh perspective!
Aromatherapy can offer excellent stress-reduction benefits. Essential oils like lavender, frankincense, bergamot, and cedarwood may help promote relaxation within the body. Methods include diffusing essential oils with a diffuser, using bath bombs and shower steamers, or simply inhaling the aroma straight from the bottle.
Personally, I recommend shower steamers or bath bombs. Try my easy DIY tutorial for fizzy bath bombs here or check out my aromatherapy recommendations below!
DO WHAT YOU LOVE
Making time for things we love to do is so important for our health. It doesn’t matter what it is. It could be going to a movie, playing with your kids, or even something as simple as reading a book with a cup of tea!
Check out my personal reading recommendations and support small bookstores here!
It’s so easy to get lost in a constant cycle of “busy” without taking any time for yourself. Participating in activities that you enjoy is the ultimate form of self-care!
EAT HEALTHY FOOD
Good nutrition plays a major role in our well-being. Eating healthy foods fuels our bodies and our minds. Those who follow a nutritious diet full of whole foods are less likely to be overweight or obese. They are also less likely to suffer from illness or disease.
When we are healthy, we simply feel good.
Dehydration can have many consequences.
Your body basically uses water in every single one of its bodily functions and processes. Common issues when you aren’t getting enough include lethargy, irritability, headaches, confusion, and light-headedness. The body may also confuse dehydration with hunger which can lead to overeating.
Honestly, adequate hydration is one of the most important things you can do for your body!
Even if you really didn’t feel like working out, have you ever noticed how great you feel for the rest of the day?
Exercise reduces stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, throughout the body. Working out also increases the production of “endorphins” which are basically natural mood elevators within the body!
Studies have shown that regular intimacy is actually a great way to help manage stress. Sex increases the production of hormones such as endorphins, just like with exercise!
Intimacy also helps us feel loved and closer to our partners which is essential to our well-being.
Spending time outside regularly can help to reduce stress levels!
The reasoning for this is quite simple – nature usually offers a peaceful and serene environment. Spending time in a relaxing atmosphere, away from our daily lives, is necessary for our mental health.
We cannot always eliminate everything in our lives that causes us stress but honestly we don’t need to. The real issue is how we respond to stress.
Focusing on things that will improve our overall well-being, like the suggestions on the list above, will leave you better equipped to handle the stressors in your life before they begin to affect your overall health and well-being!