Posted on June 23, 2023 in 2023 July, Lifestyle and Wellness

Easy Unwinding

by admin

Between juggling work, family, and social lives, self-care is often the first item we drop. Being constantly on-the-go catches up with us sooner or later, often in the form of stress or anxiety.

If you’ve noticed that you’re grinding your teeth, nursing a constant stress headache, or find your shoulders hiked up around your ears, it’s time to take some steps to lower your stress.

Moving. It might be counterintuitive at first, but moving your body can help you release stress. Whether it’s going for a brief walk down your block, taking time for a longer weekend hike, or doing 15 minutes of yoga at the end of your day, physical movement helps your body create endorphins, which are hormones that help you feel better. Swimming a few laps or going for a jog can be meditative, allowing you to calm your thoughts.

Meditating. Simply put, meditation is a practice in which one works on being mindful, aware of one’s body, or focusing and clearing one’s mind. Even 10-15 minutes a day can help you reduce stress, and may even help reduce your risk of heart problems. Not sure where to start? There are many apps, both paid and free, that can guide you.

Enjoying. Listen to music that you enjoy. Step outside and bask in the sunshine. Take time to do a hobby that brings you joy, whether it’s woodworking, playing a sport with friends, or whipping up something in the kitchen. Pet a furry friend. Take some solitary time to be by yourself and recharge.

If you’re not sure where to start, click HERE and HERE for some suggestions. Taking care of yourself will not only make you feel better in your downtime, but help you be happier and more productive during the rest of the week.

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