30 Ways to De-Stress During National Stress Awareness Month!

April is National Stress Awareness Month and that makes it the perfect time get serious about kicking stress out of your life. Here are thirty ways you can de-stress your life in the next thirty days.

national stress awareness monthDay One: Pop a piece of dark chocolate. Antioxidants and deliciousness! For more de-stressing power add as many as possible of these 12 super foods to your diet!

Day Two: Give someone a compliment. Making others feel good can help you feel good, too. There’s nothing like the good vibes you’ll feel when you make someone else smile.

Day Three: Swap soda or coffee for decaffeinated green tea with lemon ( or any other herbal tea). It cleanses your body and energizes you naturally.  It’s like getting stress relief in a cup!

Day Four: Meditate. Just close your eyes and spend two minutes clearing your mind.

Day Five: Do some yoga. There are lots of yoga videos for free online. Pick an easy one and just try it! You’ll be amazed by how quickly physical stress washes away.

Day Six: Get to bed earlier. Adjust your nightly routine so you get a few more hours of sleep.

Day Seven: Relax with some hot towels, soaked in hot water and maybe even some essential oils.  Just one day of pampering yourself could be exactly what you need to destress.

Day Eight: Stop trying to multitask. No matter how good you are at it, give your brain a rest by picking and focusing on one task.

Day Nine: Relax your face. Give your face muscles extra attention today. If you feel yourself frowning or wrinkling your brow, let your expression go slack. Fewer headaches!

Day Ten: Write it down. Write down what’s stressing you out today. Your family? Your work? Start journaling your stress away, one word at a time!

Day Eleven: Switch up your lunch. Instead of a stale sandwich out of the vending machine, try making a salad with lots of colorful vegetables!  After all, you are what you eat!  Click here to find out how to make it matter!

Day Twelve: Take a lengthy aromatherapy bath. Light your favorite candles, add your favorite essential oil, and just soak in the warm water.

Day Thirteen: Find a scenic vista. Take the long way home and give yourself a moment to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings, whether they be city or country.

Day Fourteen: If you’re going to be stuck at your desk all day, do some desk exercises. Stretch your arms, legs, and neck so you don’t get sore and fatigued. Don’t forget to get up and walk around at least once an hour!

Day Fifteen: Do meal prep. Meal prep isn’t just for fitness junkies. Taking some time tonight to prepare a few freezer meals and stashing them for the rest of the week can help de-stress the cooking process.

Day Sixteen: Organize the business of your home. Whether or not you realize it, your home is a business just as much as your actual business is. Make a home binder that contains not just your important documents, but also your weekly meal plans, cleaning schedule and budget.  Click here for more cleaning and home organization tips!

Day Seventeen: Adopt a plant. Getting something green into your space is never a bad idea. Find a plant you love and make it part of your family. Better yet, if you have a backyard, transform it into your center for nutrition, exercise and stress relief!

Day Eighteen: Outsource your errands. If trying to get to the grocery store is an overwhelming thought, hire someone else to do it, or your laundry, or cleaning and de-cluttering the house or cleaning out your garage.

Day Nineteen: Hug the people you love and spend quality time with your family and loved ones! Just do it, it’ll make you feel good.

Day Twenty: Soak your feet. When you get home from a long day, fill your bathtub ( or this footbath)  with some warm (or cool, if the day has been hot) water and soak those aching, overworked feet.  This Johnson’s foot soap will help soak away all your foot misery!

Day Twenty-One: Reminisce. Pull out your photo albums and look at pictures of your favorite people and memories.

Day Twenty-Two: Schedule yourself some time off today. Make a schedule for today and make sure to give yourself some breaks. Finding “Me-Time” is easier than you think!

Day Twenty-Three: Make tomorrow’s to-do list. If you’ve got things on your mind that you know you want to get done tomorrow, make yourself a to-do list today so nothing falls through the cracks and you can stop worrying about it. If you always feel stressed and pressed for time, check out this great resource!

Day Twenty-Four: Work it out and take a daily dose of exercise. Don’t let tiredness or busy-ness get in the way of having your daily workout.  A walk a day could keep the doctor away!  Still not convinced, take a look at this video on the health benefits of walking!

Day Twenty-Five: Get your Omega-3s. Plan a meal with salmon, sprinkle some flax over your salad, or put a few walnuts in your pocket for a snack.

Day Twenty-Six: Massage your hands with some natural lotion. Work out any tension and moisturize your skin.

Day Twenty-Seven: Pump the tunes. Play your favorite album and dance in your living room. Play, dance and sing your way to less stress this month, or just relax on your couch to some soothing music.  This music CD is the perfect antidote for our daily stressful lives.

Day Twenty-Eight: Laugh it up. Watch a funny television show, a comedy routine, or just silly internet videos that make you smile.  Laughter is GOOD for stress relief!

Day Twenty-Nine: Go for a walk. This doesn’t have to be your workout, but do get outside for a while today. Click here to find out if you walk enough!

Day Thirty: Accept your imperfections and the imperfections of others! You aren’t perfect and life isn’t perfect. Instead of fighting your imperfections, accept them and learn to live a happy, stress-resilient lifestyle anyway!

There you go: thirty ways to de-stress during the next thirty days!

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. What de-stress tips can you add to the list?
2. What chronic stressor would really want to de-stress from this month?


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10 Ways to Reduce Stress During National Stress Awareness Month!

Stress in our lives is said to be the number one cause of many maladies, including diseases such as heart disease, cancer, relationship and family problems and work issues.

Some of us have forgotten how to relax and bring back the balance in our lives and especially in our minds.

Reducing and controlling stress in your life can make a positive difference in your life and in the lives of those around you.

Here are 10 ways to reduce stress, easy, simple methods you can use to relax your body and mind and reduce the stress in your life:

1. Deep breaths – No matter how many times we’ve heard it before – it’s true that taking deep Yoga breaths can reduce stress like nothing else. You can do it in a moment’s time and anywhere you happen to be.

2. Gardening – Nothing soothes the mind, body, and soul, like spending time outdoors and there’s no better way to spend time outdoors than gardening. No yard space? No problem. Starting a small container garden on your patio is excellent stress therapy too.

3. Give up multi-tasking – As humans, we weren’t meant to multi-task, although we certainly try. Multi-tasking takes away from the experience of the moment and makes you tenser. Even if you’re only stuffing envelopes, be aware of only one task at a time.

4. Revamp your attitude – A good attitude is all important in everything you do, be it work or in your personal life. A positive attitude can relax your mind and body and you can feel peace no matter what situation you’re in.

5. Homeopathic methods – Scented candles and drinking certain teas can contribute to your relaxation and ridding yourself of stress. Herbal teas such as chamomile are considered calming. Stay away from coffee and other caffeinated drinks as the caffeine can cause jitters.

6. Visualization – If you practice, you can learn to visualize a peaceful place to calm your nerves. It may be a glacial lake, a garden with fountains and flowers or simply picturing in your mind someone you love – a child or pet.

7. Time for yourself – You could try something as simple as a walk around the block with your favorite pet or listening to music for a few minute or relaxing with a good book. A long bath also does wonders to reduce stress — and it doesn’t cost a thing.  Whatever you do, make sure to make time for yourself to control the stress in your life.

8. Exercise – Like gardening and taking deep breaths, exercise has been a favorite way to reduce life’s stress for a long time. You don’t have to belong to a gym or get on a treadmill. Simply getting up from your desk or the sofa and stretching can relax tense muscles.

9. Massage – If you can’t afford a massage therapist, learn how to manipulate your muscles yourself to relax your neck, arms, legs and head. There are step-by-step instructions online that you can use to learn some rewarding self-massage methods.

10. Sleep – If you’re not getting enough sleep, your stress level will increase. If you’ve tried homeopathic methods such as scents, soothing sounds and mind relaxation techniques and nothing works, see your health care provider for more ideas. Even if you live in a forest, life can be stressful at times. Most of us live near cities and have families and work that require our constant attention and can cause daily stress that builds up to a frenzied state of mind. Pick one or more of these 10 ways to reduce stress and be resolved to reduce the stress and tension in your life, starting today! Take some time to think about what helps you to relax and then make some time for yourself to reduce the stress in your life. Your happiness and well-being depends on it.

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