If you’ve had a hard week, and you’re feeling stressed today, we’re here to help! It’s so easy for us to let stress build instead of facing it head on, especially when you’re super busy, and can’t seem to find the time you need to look after yourself. As Brits, we work more hours than any other country in Europe, and we seem to dismiss the idea that we should put ourselves first.
If you’ve had a hard week, and you’re feeling stressed today, we’re here to help!
It’s so easy for us to let stress build instead of facing it head on, especially when you’re super busy, and can’t seem to find the time you need to look after yourself. As Brits, we work more hours than any other country in Europe, and we seem to dismiss the idea that we should put ourselves first.
At Adventure Digital we care about well-being. It’s a subject matter that simply cannot be ignored. That’s why we’ve compiled our favourite ways to relieve stress:
You may have been nagged by your P.E. teacher to run laps around your school’s pitch, or your mum may have told you to get off the sofa and get more active - you probably would have ignored this… but for stress, exercise is crucial.
Why is exercise so good for you? Well, firstly, it gets the good hormones flowing; relieving stressful symptoms. It leaves you feeling great afterwards - you feel happy that you took the time out for yourself to exercise, and overtime you start to feel more confident as you see the benefits.
It has also been proven to help you sleep better ... give us those endorphins!
Do something you enjoy though, don’t force yourself to go on a 5k run if you hate running! Go to some local fitness classes and give them a go - you may just find the one you love …
Listen to your favourite music
When you get home from work today, why not put on your favourite pyjamas and fluffy socks, and put your headphones in? Or go for a walk outside and listen to your favourite album?
Studies have found that listening to music when stressed can affect physiological factors such as heart rate and hormone levels, whilst modulating the nervous system.
Not only is music therapeutic, and changes your mood, it can enhance your concentration and intelligence!
Having some time to yourself
Simply make some time in your diary for some ‘me-time’.
Do something you love - whether it’s going to your favourite cafe for a matcha latte, running a hot bubble bath and staying there until you resemble a prune, or watching your favourite film…
You know what makes you happy, so you should make sure you do those things more regularly!
To some people the concept of meditating just doesn’t seem natural, and that’s fine. But, as a stress reliever the results just can’t be ignored.
Meditation is the practice whereby you use a technique to focus the mind on a particular object, thought or activity. It trains the brain in attention and awareness; achieving a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
Myth - You don’t have to sit cross-legged and say “ommmmmmmmmmm” (although you can if you really want to) ....
Scientifically proven benefits include:
-Decreasing stress, anxiety, and depression
-Improving emotional well-being such as increasing optimism, improving mood and enhancing self-esteem
-Improving memory recall, creativity and decision making
-Creating a better immune system, and creating higher energy levels
Why not give it a go? Incorporating just 10 minutes of meditation into your day has shown significant positive effects. You can download the free Headspace App today.
Write it down
Journaling your thoughts can be a great, and practical way to deal with stress. How I hear you ask... well, it provides stress relief by allowing you to understand your feelings.
It helps you to get to grips your emotions and deal with them. Today is a great day to start the habit of journaling!
Gratitude journals have become a popular tool. They help you to focus on the good, and be grateful for what you already have in life. This has been shown to create a positive mood and improve resilience.
If you think about what you are happy for in the moment, rather than what you are unhappy about, then you start to change the minds thought processes.
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