10 Tried and Tested Techniques to De-stress And Promote Wellness
- Created: 14 January 2019 14 January 2019
Stress is a crucial process in our bodies that triggers a reaction in the event of an emergency. It’s when this bodily function works overtime that damage is done to our health. The ill effects of stress range from digestive disorders to a weakened immune system - not to mention a poor quality of life.
If stress is getting the better of you, keep reading as we share our best tried and tested techniques to help you find your inner calm.
Sweat It Out
Exercise is quite possibly the most fun way to keep stress at bay! And being active doesn’t have to be boring. If you love dancing, try Zumba, or if you need to let off some steam, join a boxing class. You can even take it further on a fitness retreat to let you exclusively focus on your health and fitness in the most beautiful destinations. There is an activity for everyone, and you’re only one workout away from a contagious smile!
Unlearn Limiting Beliefs
Reoccurring thoughts such as “I can’t” or “It’s impossible” are mind tricks your brain is playing on you. While rationality and logic are great traits to have, allowing your mind to dictate your every thought can be limiting. Your brain has a knack for over analysing everything, while your heart simply believes that you can. Unlearn all the lies you’ve told yourself that are limiting your potential and growth,
Have a little faith in yourself!
Catch Some Zzz’s
Sleep is the time when our bodies work tirelessly to rejuvenate and recuperate from the effects of the day. If you’re fighting a cold - your body turns over immune cells quicker to help fight the virus. All the while you lay your head on the pillow. Our bodies are truly amazing.
But if you’re staying up late and cutting into this important rejuvenation period, you’ll feel worse off the next day. When you wake up tired, you naturally have less energy to combat stress, and adjust your mindset when it hits.
Try a bedtime routine that trains your mind to know it’s that time of the day to turn in. Remove electronics from your room, light a candle and sleep on fresh sheets. Do what makes you feel comfortable and keep up the routine until it becomes second nature.
Center in the now. A large percentage of stress and anxiety comes from worrying about the future, the what-if’s of life that we desperately try so hard to prepare for at the expense of our inner peace. Planning is great - but worrying is not. With a few moments of practice each day, focusing on mindfulness can draw your mind back to the present.
If you have a pending task, write it down, schedule a time to work on it and move on.
Take The Pressure Off
Sometimes, you just simply cannot complete every task on your list - mainly because you’ve put too much pressure on yourself. Condense your to-do list to a more manageable size. This way you are guaranteed to get all your work done and have time left over.
It’s mostly a mind game, but it works. When you condense 80% of your work into a daily to-do list, you are setting yourself up for success - giving you a much-needed morale boost. This is the energy you need to complete extra tasks and reward yourself with time for self-care.
Do Something Good For Someone Else
Stress is a state very much centered in the self. Dedicate some time to helping others through volunteer efforts or by lending a helping hand to a friend in need. Doing something good for someone else is instantly rewarding, and increases awareness of the joy you can achieve in the simple things in life - even when stressed.
Be Comfortable With The Word No
There is absolutely no reason why you can’t say no to a commitment that you know will deplete you of your energy, cause you stress or is just not something you would like to do. Guilt is typically a feeling projected to you from someone else. Protect yourself from outside negativity and respectfully decline engagements you feel called not to commit to.
A Cup Of Tea A Day
Chamomile, Passionflower and Lemon Balm are all herbs that taste great when brewed into a cup of tea, but more importantly, they are gifts from nature that help take the edge of stress. Lemon balm is great when you have pent up tension in your body as it is excellent at relaxing muscles, whereas chamomile and passionflower are gentle, mild sedatives that can help treat insomnia.
Brew a cup today!
Nurture Your Sense Of Smell
Aromatherapy has been practiced for over 6000 years, dating back to ancient civilisations who used herbal and floral scents as therapy for common illnesses.
These are our favorite essential oils to combat stress:
· Lavender. A few drops on your pillow helps ease insomnia.
· Lemon or Orange. Both these citrus scents help fight fatigue and are very stimulating.
· Ylang Ylang. Can reduce blood pressure - excellent for high-stress situations.
· Peppermint. An excellent pick-me-up and helps promote positivity.
You could be a mind-shift away from feeling de-stressed. Giving thanks for all we have, no matter how small, gives us an instant sense of joy. When you are grateful for what you have, you have everything you need to be happy.
Longing for more is ok too but instead of saying “I can’t wait until I get a promotion at work” for example, try saying “I’m excited about my career growth.” This way you train your brain to recognise receiving is great but not necessary for your happiness.
Begin by implementing one of our suggestions into your daily routine and take notes on how your stress levels improve. When you try, you achieve, and we believe stress is something you can manage to achieve a balanced and healthful life.
Need inspiration to de-stress? Talk to one of our Travel Specialists on 1300 551 353 or contact us here to discuss tailor-making your perfect de-stress retreat.