Our days can be packed full of on-the-go errands, pressing work responsibilities, replying to an inbox full of emails, taking care of kids (in my case, fur babies), making time for grocery shopping because you are down to the last squeeze of toothpaste… and the list goes on. These kinds of days merge into weeks and weeks blend into months. Pretty soon the only cure for your hectic life is to put your phone on do-not-disturb mode, stick a straw in a bottle of ZzzQuil and take a 3-day nap.
This may sound like the usual monthly ritual for some of you (if so, keep reading) but the good news is that you don’t always have to pay for a full yoga and meditation session in order to relax and de-stress.
That’s why I put together a few tips and tricks to try throughout your day that will only require a small amount of time, but will create a composed sense of self during those demanding days.
Breathing is one of the easiest, yet most effective tools to calm your mind and body. Slowing down during those hectic days to stop and breathe can stimulate a relaxation response and maintain full oxygen use throughout the body to keep you energized.
Deep breathing can help stop stressful feelings and emotions from hindering your productivity. This will allow you to gather your thoughts and compose yourself to finish the day with a bang (or an exhale). There is a reason why yoga, meditation and mindfulness all use the practice of deep breathing.
2. TAKE A WALK.
Taking a simple 10 minute walk outdoors, or even around the workplace, can relieve stress and give you that much needed oomph to keep calm and carry on. Taking a walk lessens that mid-day slump and gives you a revitalizing boost to finish out your day strong. The simple practice of a routine walk has a zillion benefits when it comes to your overall health, improved mood and stress management. So switch out your high heels for a pair of athletic shoes and walk it out.
3. ESSENTIAL OILS.
Essential oils can serve many purposes, from all-natural cleaners and laundry fresheners to homemade deodorant and flavored water. But did you know that some scents can improve your well-being?
Your sense of smell has an impact on part of the brain that is connected to the limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for processing things like emotion and mood, which can help you relax, feel energized or de-stress when using the right fragrance.
Put a couple drops on your wrists and temples, or even on the scarf you’re wearing, to help revitalize you while on-the-go. If you are at home you can burn a few drops in a diffuser to liven up your space.
*A few of my favorite feel-good oils are: Lavender, Peppermint, Blood Orange, Eucalyptus and Rose. Check out these 100% pure essential oils and bath bombs!-
4. WRITE IT OUT.
Writing doesn’t have to solely be for journaling enthusiasts. It can be done from a small notebook in your purse that is used to clarify your thoughts during a hectic day. When you have too many things on your mind and an endless list to get done, writing out a simple plan on paper can reduce the stress of keeping it all in your head. Even a quick one-sentence jot about how you’re feeling can clarify your thoughts and help hold the negative feelings for you.
*My favorite floral print notebooks are by Rifle Paper Co. Have a looksy!-
5. STAY HYDRATED.
Drinking a glass of water is a simple way to revive yourself from a frenzied and demanding workday. Your body needs water to function properly and if you’re dehydrated, your body and brain will feel depleted, which can lead to stress.
Ideally, you should drink about one ounce of water for every pound you weigh. Some ideas to remind yourself to drink more water are to carry a water-bottle with you on-the-go, keep a cup of water at your desk, or replace your daily soda for a glass of water instead!
6. LISTEN TO MUSIC.
Music has been known to have a close link to our emotions. Turning on your favorite song in a moment of frustration can make an easy solution to help improve your mood and take your attention away from the negative. So next time your feeling stressed, reach for your headphones and relax! (or rock out, that’s cool too)
To wrap up, the next time you’re running late, spill your berry ginger chai smoothie all over the passenger seat of your car and put a run in your nylons all before 11 AM (true story), remember to follow steps 1-6 until sanity levels return to normal. #yougotthis