With spring in full bloom what better time to get stress-free? April is stress awareness month and it’s important to take note of the little factors that can cause big stresses in our lives.
More than just providing peace of mind, letting go of stress can actually lead to living a longer – and healthier – life.
How can you banish those negative stresses and get to a relaxed state of mind?
Log some gym time
Doing 30 minutes of daily moderate exercise is not only good for your body, but for your mood too. Go for a walk or a run, tend to your garden, or jump into a spinning or Zumba class.
Have a good laugh
It’s long been said that laughter is the best medicine, and even the Mayo Clinic agrees that getting a good laugh in can help relieve tension and pain. Whether you check out your favorite stand-up’s latest comedy special or call your funniest friend, make sure you get those laughs in.
Get enough Zs
When we’re stressed it can have a big impact on our sleep, and without sleeping enough we’re ill-prepared to take on stressful situations. It’s a rough cycle. Make your environment as calm as possible a few hours before bedtime. Gradually unplugging from the day can let the body and mind relax and get to a state where you’re ready for sleep.
Turn it off
The many screens in our lives – computers, smart phones, TVs – all provide a lot of stimulation. This can make it hard to disconnect, let go, and unwind. Schedule some solid time each day free from devices, preferably in the evenings before bed.
Making some small adjustments in your daily routine can make a big difference. Try trading in your afternoon coffee for a cup of green tea. Also, take some time out to show your skin some love – Merlot’s Purifying Peel Off Mask contains calming ginseng to help soothe and care for your skin.
One of the easiest ways to get ourselves feeling calm once more is to take a few cleansing, clarifying deep breaths. Close your eyes and envision a calm place. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth three or four times, filling the lungs and then releasing the breath. When you open your eyes, hang onto the feeling of full lungs and a calm mind.