Luke Mcleod Shares the Most Important Things He Does to De-stress
- Created: 23 March 2020 23 March 2020
No matter how much we put our wellbeing first, when there’s an ongoing flood of negativity streaming through the media, you can’t help but feel lackluster and unlike your normal self. We sat down with mindfulness expert and founder of Soul Alive, Luke McLeod to discuss these life moments and the techniques he uses to help combat stress and anxiety when at home or travelling.
I know it sounds like an obvious one, but people often forget that something as simple as music can allow our mind to drift elsewhere. Studies show that music with a human voice or instruments with the same tones as voices can distract you. If you’re looking to avoid the news and radio, jump into Spotify or Apple Music and hit play on your favourite ‘weekend worthy’ playlist, best leave Coldplay or less upbeat tracks for another day. When you’re working, you want some instrumental music instead, with a fast or slow tempo depending on the task, I sometimes opt for natural sounds like flowing water, bird song or rain if I really need to concentrate.
Surprise! Surprise! Meditation is obviously an exercise I would recommend. It's now no longer considered a 'woo woo' experience but something that is scientifically proven to help you de-stress. All you need is 10-15 minutes and can be done from anywhere at any time. The positive flow-on effect in your everyday life too can be significant. Whether that might can be keeping calm and maintaining a balanced perspective, along with being more mindful of your actions, i.e. washing your hands etc.
Whilst I’m all about staying peaceful, I am conscious that sometimes we just need to blow off some steam when things get all too much. Physical activity is a well-known stress reducer; runners experience a ‘runner’s high’, and boxing is no different. When training on the punching bag, your brain increases the production of endorphins, the neurotransmitters that create feel-good thoughts. Boxing also helps to relieve muscle tension which can collect when you feel stress. As you continue to box, you will find your focus is improved, increasing your concentration and helping you forget the reasons why you were stressed out in the first place. It also can be one of the more hygienic ways to train, so long as you own your own set of boxing gloves. When I’m in Sydney or travelling interstate, I train at 12RND as they’re scattered around nationally. They have a great system where you can jump in and out whenever suits you as the classes run in three-minute intervals - this also defeats stress and deadlines.
As you may have seen on the new Netflix documentary Goop, there are multiple health benefits behind a nippy ocean swim, from reducing anxiety to boosting your immune system and increasing circulation throughout your body. Immersing yourself in cold water is another activity that encourages your body to release endorphins, resulting in happier hormones. If you find yourself in a city where the ocean seems far far away, jump into an icy cold shower for as long as you can bear. This will also have a similar effect.
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