Today we all lead such busy and hectic lives that a lot of us find it very difficult to relax. Here are 5 steps to a stress free day to help busy people relax.
These days our daily schedules are packed so full that we are more stressed than ever before. Even once we get home from our busy day at the office, we can still find our lives to be filled with a range of chores and errands. This isn’t good for our mental well being, physical health – or our relationships.
No worries. I’m here to help you to start enjoying more stress-free days.
You just need to follow these 5 useful and healing steps below.
First of all, it’s important that you don’t give yourself any overly scheduled expectations for the day – that will be difficult to live up to. When you realize you can’t accomplish a huge to-do-list, you start feeling a lot more stressed.
Make sure you take plenty of deep breaths throughout the day. When you take deep inhalations, a message is sent to your brain telling it to relax. Your brain then sends this message of relaxation to the rest of the body.
In my book Instant Calm, I recommend a 4 second phrase you can use for an extra relaxing breathing meditation.
It’s also worth taking a few natural relaxants through the day as well. For instance, you might want to use some CBD oil products as CBD has been shown to help people relax and unwind. There are also some foods that have been reported to reduce the symptoms of anxiety – which you might want to add into your diet. For instance: Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, honey, bananas, and eggs. Plus studies report that being dehydrated can create feelings of anxiety – so make sure you are drinking enough water throughout your day.
Make sure you don’t work too many hours in a row without a break – or else you will end up very frazzled and burned out. Studies show that it’s best for your brain’s processing abilities to take a “time out” at least every 50 – 90 minutes – so as to refresh your clarity of mind. A productivity experiment done by Draugiem Group reported that their most productive employees took regular and frequent breaks, working in 52-minute “sprints” with 17-minute breaks. So, be sure to regularly get up from your desk, stretch, then go for a quick walk. Or enjoy your “time out” by getting an energizing coffee or a relaxing peppermint tea or chamomile tea.
You should never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep! If you get a full 7-8 hours then you will certainly feel very rejuvenated for the day ahead. If you’re having trouble sleeping, check out the many science-based relaxing meditations in my book Instant Calm.
Here’s a simple and effective meditation – excerpted from Instant Calm – which I use in the evenings when I’m feeling restless and can’t fall asleep.
The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio performed an interesting study on relaxing power of grapefruit essential oils on their busy nurses.
In this study, the nurses were instructed to regularly inhale grapefruit essential oil throughout their day.
The result? The nurses reported nursing themselves back to a better emotional state, with great improvements in their stress levels!
Chakra it up: Get a bottle of grapefruit essential oil. If you have sensitive skin or just want to be extra-safe, dilute three to five drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like coconut or almond oil. Dab some on the famous chakra point in the middle of your wrist.
I love to meditate right before I go to sleep, whenever I’m worried about something. I fall asleep more easily. Plus, when I wake up in the morning I often find I have truly helpful insights about my challenges. And i feel far more confident about facing the day ahead.
Note: The above is one of many simple and effective meditations shared in Instant Calm.
If you carry out these five steps every day, you might be very surprised at how often you can experience stress free days.
Need more support to lower stress and overwhelm, and increase calm, focus, and sleep? Check out all the science-based and easy-to-do meditations in Instant Calm.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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