Stress is something we all deal with, but how much of is it is necessary? Sure, a little bit is good as it will get us off our butts and up accomplishing some tasks, but the truth is our society is wayyyyy more stressed out then is considered healthy. We pound caffeine and we’re constantly on the go, trying to do a million things at once. Our minds go nuts thinking about the emails we have to send out, the presentation we have to give, the gym class we should have gone to, and the the dinner we don’t have time to make.
We jack up our nervous system, leaving us in a constant state of “fight or flight”. When were in this state of anxiety, our cortisol levels rise, making it really hard to digest any food, fight any disease, or heal any internal damage. Hence, the rate of digestive issues and diseases are rising like crazy in our country.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to be like this. We can all learn to slow down and breathe. Here are a few tips to calm your mind and body, bringing you back in balance:
Remember in high school when your Theology teacher would declare it meditation day and you’d all scream in joy, pop a Benadryl and then pass out cold for the next 42 minutes??? Yeah, we were doing it wrong. #WhereMySHAGirlsAt?
Meditation done right is actually pretty cool (and pretty hard at first, not gonna lie). It just makes you aware of how many thoughts you have racing through your head, and teaches you to quiet them down. It shows you that you are separate from these thoughts, and they can’t control you unless you let them.
Anyway, if you’re looking for some quick easy ways to meditate throughout the day, my classmate introduced me to these apps: Calm and Headspace. They’re both really great for beginners and only require 5 to 10 minutes of your time each day.
Write it out gurrlllll. Write down what’s bothering you, why it’s bothering you and what you can do about it. Write down how much shit you have to do and why you don’t feel like doing any of it. Write down how much you hate your job and your landlord and the size of your feet. It’s very helpful and therapeutic, especially if you don’t have anyone to talk to, or people are sick of hearing you complain (hint hint, they are).
In the wise words of Baby J, “This too shall pass”. No matter what you’re dealing with right now, it won’t last forever. Whether you’re just really overwhelmed with the work week ahead, or you’re going through some terrible situation-remember that these feelings will soon change. Breathe it out. There is always always something better coming.
Maybe I’m just really weird, but cleaning always makes me feel better, calmer and more accomplished. Sometimes I just tear my room apart so I can put it back together. No I don’t. But I do do the dishes, delete my old emails, and vacuum the shit out of my rug.
5. Whip out the Reeboks!!
That’s what all you young kids are wearin’ these days right?? Run it out man. Or, if you’re like me and hate running, walk on incline at a nice steady pace….
Being stressed sucks, but we all are at times. Just remember not to take your feelings out on yourself or on those around you. This will accomplish nothing.
So how else do you guys de stress during a busy week?