National Stress Awareness Day – What is stress to FeelGood
Stress is a combination of blockage and pressure, with psychological and physiological imbalances. We spend most of our time trying to live 48 hours, in a 24 hour day.
Our bodies become congested and cannot function in it’s normal manner. Imagine being stuck in heaps of traffic. You cannot get anywhere and as time goes on, delays get longer and accidents are more likely to be caused, whilst our awareness decreases with tiredness. Our bodies are no different.
With stress, oxygen cannot flow as smoothly, cells are not as active, your response levels slow down, toxins in the body are not drained fast enough, muscles become tense and suddenly we wonder why we are exhausted or cooped up at home feeling ill.
People always wonder why their last priority is their health. I believe that our well being was never an important discussion at school. We never learned about our bodies, how to prepare in difficult times and how to be good to yourself. They wanted us to get to school on time, work hard for our exams but never prioritised the initial source of being successful in all those areas.
Here are my 5 top tips on NO STRESS:
STOP THINKING TOO MUCH
Reduce your stress levels by distracting yourself from your thoughts. Our minds can do over time in a second, by over thinking and creating situations in our minds that have not even happened yet or don’t exist! Read a book, get back onto that hobby you love most, surround yourself with friends.
TAKE. ONE. THING. AT. A. TIME.
I have learned to write a success list of things I have done through out the day instead of a list of things to do within that day. Writing a list of things you have achieved (even if it is things like changing the bedsheets!), allows you to reflect on the success you encountered and makes you feel good about meeting your targets. Anything you haven’t completed, it’s ok! Tomorrow is another day. Take one thing at a time. Deal with one situation before jumping into the next. I promise it works!
BE GOOD TO YOU
Get a massage! Massage is the number one medicine to relieve pain and reduce anxiety. Why do you think it is more expensive than your average paracetamol? A moment in time to yourself with a silent mind, adds more value to your life than prioritising everybody and everything else first.
If not a massage, drop by the salon and get your nails done or soak yourself in a warm bath with Epsom Bath Salts (perfect to enhance muscle relaxation and skin hydration). Find that time to take care of your health.
Meditation is key to a quiet mind. It is a moment to recharge from your hectic lifestyle and can be practised at any time of the day. I usually meditate before sleeping, as it prepares my body into a deep sleep and I feel I have slept more hours than usual! There are many you tube videos that you can listen to during your meditation. Try and use those ones that verbally guide you into relaxation.
EAT AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
I cannot emphasize how important it is to feed your body with it’s needed nutritions. Stress is common for a loss of appetite but you must over ride the feeling. I use an app called, MY FITNESS PAL, which allows me to insert my daily nutrition and keep a track of what I eat and drink including goals to meet. It is not necessary to keep a dominant track of this, but it is perfect for a little guidance.
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