In our daily effort to fulfill responsibilities it’s easy to get trapped in the mindset of ‘Wake-up. Grind. Sleep. Repeat.’
We get so caught up in external pressures that we often times forget to check in with our present needs. This can leave us feeling frustrated, anxious, restless & downright exhausted. When our day is feeling heavy, those vibes can reverberate into other areas of our life.
The body & mind share a deep connection, which is why it’s crucial we make an effort to reduce stress in our lives.
We can do this by contributing to our well-being through the foods we eat, our thoughts & lifestyle. Investing in our health means we can be our best, most radiant self for those around us. It also means we can give our energy to the people & activities that deserve it, without feeling drained.
Your Daily Self-Care Ritual
Schedule 30-minutes everyday for you.
This is an opportunity for you to listen to your body. Silence the clamour, disconnect from digital devices & connect with the self. Your soul needs nourishment too.
The purpose is to use this time to reset & recharge.
During your 30-minutes engage in a life-giving activity. Go into a stress-free zone & do something that feeds your soul. Shift your thoughts from the hustle of everyday life to your internal environment.
Reflect. Meditate. Calm the mind.
Walks in nature are my favourite way to slow down & recharge, especially during a hectic day. The effect is far-reaching; afterwards I always feel more energized, focused, creative & productive. Mother Nature keeps me sane.
- Boosts energy
- Sparks creativity
- Connects you with your intuition
- Restores calm & inner peace
- Gain a fresh perspective
- Greater self-awareness
Emotions brought on by stress can eventually manifest themselves in the body. “Studies have linked stress to lowered immune system function, increased blood pressure & cholesterol levels, & altered brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, & hormonal balance.” When we’re stressed our body loses its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Inflammation is partly regulated by the hormone cortisol and when cortisol is not allowed to serve this function, inflammation can get out of control. “Your brain, & consequently, your thoughts & emotions, do play a role in your experience of physical pain, & can play a significant role in the development of chronic disease.”
Keeping our stress to a minimum is essential if we want to live a healthy, balanced life.
Other Ways to Reduce Stress
There are departments in your life that will drain your energy, but it’s your responsibility to replenish it. Even if you only have 10-minutes, consistently investing in your health will radiate through all aspects of your life.
Eating a wholefoods, plant-rich diet combined with an active lifestyle are also essential in reducing stress.