10 mindful hacks to relieve stress
By Lisa Marshall | Director Wild Women On Top
You have been looking forward to the weekend all week. Now it's Friday, you're finished work but you're exhausted. You just want to cancel all your dinner dates with friends and go into hibernation mode - lounge and sleep all day.
The excitement of the New Year has passed and things are getting busy and you're feeling overwhelmed. Don't worry you're not alone.
Your mental, emotional and physical well-being is directly affected by the quality and quantity of the time-out that you give yourself each week. This time should involve doing something you love, in the great outdoors, away from your computer, phone or diary.
To feel in control once more, you must learn to balance all aspects of your health - mental, emotional and physical. This is no easy task by any means, but forcing yourself to vacate time during your week to focus on health will positively affect the way you interact at work, with your friends, and with your family.
- Vacate time in your week to focus on your health
Sit down with your diary and find time in your schedule to do something which makes you happy. This may be an afternoon walk or swim your friend or perhaps a yoga class in the morning before work.
- Create a shopping list for the new week
Replace all packaged, processed and sugary items with whole food and fresh produce. If you have a morning free, visit your local farmers market.
- Pack healthy snacks
Every time you leave the house, make sure you pack a healthy snack and a bottle of water. This will make sure you fuel your body with nutritional food whilst saving money. Check out this great blog from the Fit Foodie which tells you what 6 foods will provide the body with energy.
- Write down a fitness/wellbeing goal
Write down what you want to achieve for your health this month - this may be increasing the frequency of your workouts, diversifying your routine with yoga or a workout class. Dr Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California did a study on goal-setting with 267 participants. She found that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.
- Book yourself in for a yoga or Pilates class
- Manage your to-do's
List your to-do's in order of priority and work through them. Make sure you are realistic as to what you can achieve in a day. You’ll often find that once they are written down they seem much more manageable.
- Sleep more
Go to bed, forego the tv program you were going to watch and read a good book instead. It's important to get 8 hours of sleep per night to ensure you feel rejuvenated for the following day.
- Share a wild adventure with someone
Go somewhere beautiful with your parents, kids, or friends. This could involve an afternoon walk along the beach. It's important to share the things you love with the people you love to avoid feelings of loneliness and add something into your day.
- Practice being mindful with meditation
Mindfulness is about paying attention to the moment, in a peaceful, non-judgmental way. Be present. Provide your body with the time to reflect away from the business of work and home life.
- Be grateful.
Put a piece of paper on your fridge and write down something you are grateful for every day. This may seem silly, but so often we get bogged down in the smallest of troubles. Our minds spiral and all of a sudden a minor mishap becomes an all-encompassing personal struggle. Remember to be thankful for all the things you have - your family, friends and the beautiful place you live.