Life can sometimes feel overwhelming. Feeling stressed can lead to poor eating, less exercise, and unhealthy habits. That’s why it’s important to make time to focus on yourself (even for just a few minutes a day), to take a deep breath, and let go of your stress.
Simple ideas to help you get started.
Just say no to things you don’t have time for or things you don’t want to do.
Make to-do lists. Organizing your responsibilities helps declutter your mind.
Do you. Listen to music, go for a walk, eat a healthy snack, or take a hot bath.
Unplug. Put your phone down and take a break from emails and social media.
Exercise. Take a walk or a hike and enjoy some time for yourself.
Meditate. Download a free meditation app to periodically clear your head.
Have fun. See a movie, go dancing, spend time at the beach, or whatever else you enjoy.
Talk story. Talking it out with a friend or loved one can help you unwind.
5 minutes makes a big difference.
Find a comfortable, relaxed position.
Relax and become aware.
Tune into your breath.
Be kind to your wandering mind. If a thought enters your mind, just acknowledge it and let it go.
Stay here for five to seven minutes.
Check in before you check out.
Are you ready to start enjoying all these benefits of relaxation?
Find the humor in life and spend some time laughing. Laughing puts you in a better mood!
Being outside, whether at the beach or hiking means that you're being more active which can help you feel good. Use your precious vacation time to go traveling or plan a "staycation" to do things you enjoy.
If scrolling through social media gives you FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), give your eyes and brain a break by unplugging from your phone. The best way to get your relaxation in is to treat it as a necessary part of life. Read a book, go for a walk, or take a power nap.
It’s no fun to make these changes solo. Bringing a buddy will encourage you to keep going, keep you accountable, and challenge you to step up your activity.
During this time, try to avoid distractions (i.g. shut off your phone). Examples of relaxing activities include: getting a massage, stretching, deep breathing, writing, exercising, listening to music, doing puzzles, or playing with a pet.
Whether you’ve lost weight, found better ways to cope with stress, or have mastered weekly meal prep, these victories need to be celebrated! Treat yourself.
Try a 30-day challenge with your family or friends. Here are some ideas: