I️ have been so absent on my blog lately because I’ve had so much going on with my personal life. I’m finally at a place where I️ feel relaxed, happy, and inspired again.
I️ recently got my blood work done and my cortisol levels were too high! That means I’m not properly managing my stress levels. Sometimes it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the fast pace of life, and forget to take care of ourselves. Mental health should always come first, but a lot of the time you get home from school or work, and you just want to crash on the couch and scroll through social media or binge on Stranger Things 2 (I️ know that’s what I’ve been doing). But after seeing the harmful effects of not properly giving myself time to cool down, I️ now know how crucial it is.
Today I wanted to share my tops tips, and tricks for clearing your head and managing stress.
Meditation // Although meditation may not be for everyone, it’s worth a shot to try it. Right now I try to do just five minutes per day. You can listen to music, do it silently or you can use a guided mediation app. Meditation allows your heart rate to drop and your crazy swirl of thoughts to stop momentarily. Some days are better than others and you’ll find it’s not always easy to clear your head but like anything it takes practice. Simply find a quiet place where you know you won’t be disturbed and focus on your breath. When a thought comes in, exhale it out. I’ve gone through periods where I meditated every day and I’ve also gone through times where I stopped completely. I definitely notice a huge change in my anxiety levels when I do and I can honestly say it works.
Moment of silence // This one is actually a bit different than meditation. Meditation is a practice whereas sitting in silence doesn’t require trying to do anything. Rather than trying to clear your mind, you just find a quiet place and appreciate the silence for a few minutes. Think about how much stimuli we’re exposed to every day between people, phones, T.V., computers, etc. All of that stimulation can send your brain into overdrive and cause a lot of stress and chaos. If you’re not interested in meditation or you’re just starting out, having a moment of silence each day can be a great start.
Yoga // The previous company I worked for offered yoga twice a week and it was the BEST! Getting done with work and going straight into it was such a great stress reliever. There are so many different forms and different ways to practice yoga, but doing so has so many benefits. In my opinion, what’s more important than the yoga practice itself is that you are setting aside set time every week to simply take care of and focus on yourself. Not to mention the best part of all is that at the end you take part in something called shavasana, which is essentially laying on the floor while your instructor lulls you into a kind of sleep state. Classes can be pricey so if you prefer to do it at home, you can find a boatload of videos on YouTube.
Massage // Recently, I’ve been having some back pain in between my shoulder blades. I realized this pain was a combination of stress, poor posture and a mattress that needs replacing. My dad suggested I get a massage and I couldn’t help but think to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”. Because massages can be expensive I always put it off, but lately I realized I should treat myself! Getting a massage is a great way to relieve stress and maintain your health and wellness both physically and mentally.
Journal // Journaling is another great way to clear some of the “brain gunk” you probably have floating around. Get a notebook and write out all of your feelings, thoughts and emotions. You can journal as much or as little as you like and it does not need to be perfect! Try to write not only in the bad times but also in the good times. Not only will it help you to feel better but it’s also really fun and interesting to look back on.
I hope these tips will help some of you to clear your mind and open you up to the limitless possibilities that are out there in the world just waiting for you. Always remember to take care of yourselves.