Bring Minimalism into Your Life
This may be a big switch for you, but it can actually make a big difference. When your life is full of clutter, full of things, you don’t leave space or time for the things that truly matter, for the things that play a part in stress management. If you consistently feel stressed, then maybe it’s time to become a minimalist. Purge those items, moments, and activities that tend to instigate stress. Make your home an organized, clutter-free space you can truly unwind in. You’ll notice a huge difference once you make this change!
Schedule Regular Self-Care
We can’t stress this enough—schedule regular self-care for yourself. We tend to save self-care until we’ve reached our breaking point, but self-care is there to keep you from reaching that breaking point. Book regular massage appointments so that your body never clenches to the point of pain. Utilize aromatherapy to make your home smell good and relieve your stress. There are so many forms of self-care; you just have to find the one that works best for you and then stick to it!
Exercise is probably one of the most common ways to relieve stress. If you’re not big into the gym, you can simply take a walk around the block. Little spurts of movement are known to reduce stress levels—those endorphins work wonders! If you feel tension rising (look for raised shoulders, tension in the jaw, furrowed brows, and a faster heart rate), get up from what you’re doing and move for a little bit.
Delve into Meditation
If you’re looking for an easy step with a massive impact, look to meditation. It may seem scary, and it may even seem like something you’re not interested in. But if stress is an issue for you, then this is a route to think about. If you have been meditating and if you feel that you need more of it, then you must take up a faith based healing treatment. Keep in mind that there are various forms of meditation. There’s guided meditation (a wonderful start for beginners—try apps such as Headspace and Calm). There’s guided imagery, which is like taking a short vacation in your mind. You can also develop a mantra to repeat as you practice your breathing. Do some research and see what would best fit your stress-relieving needs.
Find the Beauty in Various Art Forms
Art is a beautiful thing, especially when it comes to centering your mind and relieving stress. If you need an instant calm, you can listen to music—one of the most powerful art forms out there. If you’re stressed because you feel a lack of creativity, you can look at some art. Or maybe you just need to get out some stress—then you can write or draw or paint. Fall into art when you need a soft way to release and relieve.