HOW TO DESTRESS & FEEL IN CONTROL
Looking at the world today, it’s easy to see why so many of us feel so overwhelmed. Constantly worrying about job security, finances and health can really take its toll on us - mentally and physically. But the good news is, self-care can help alleviate some of these anxieties. Read on for a few tips on de-stressing and taking back control of your life.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY
MAKE YOUR BED
From diminishing insomnia to reducing feelings of stress and anxiety, engaging in as little as 10 minutes of meditation a day can restore a vital sense of calm and stability to your hectic life. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just starting out, meditating may be one of the most effective tools when it comes to nourishing your mind and taking care of your mental health - not to mention a foolproof way of regaining a sense of control.
You’d be surprised to find just how much a tidy environment can positively impact your mental state (just ask Marie Kondo). If you’re always surrounded by mess and clutter, your mind’s going to start following suit. You know what they say; tidy house, tidy mind.
FOCUS ON NUTRITION
You probably don’t need us to tell you this; focusing on what you put into your body has a massive effect on your self-esteem, energy, skin and overall health. Even something as simple as cutting out sugar or processed foods can improve focus and increase energy levels. Not only will you be more alert if you’re fuelling your body with the right stuff, but you’ll start to feel better about yourself too. This will have a knock-on effect on your mood and your mental wellbeing. Win, win!
GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
Catching those zz’s is without a doubt the first step in gaining a sense of control over your life. Aiming to get a solid seven to eight hours of sleep every night will keep you feeling refreshed, recharged and relaxed. Sleep is essential for looking after our mental health and managing our mental wellbeing. Sleep deprivation is a kind of chronic stress that impairs how the body and brain use energy. In other words, a lack of sleep can cause you to make impulsive, unhealthy decisions that you wouldn’t make otherwise.
Just like nutrition, we’re surrounded by constant reminders to stay on top of our fitness. More than anything, working out is about establishing a routine. Jumping on the treadmill or hitting that HIIT class on a regular basis is a great way to train your brain and make you more stress-resilient. It’ll also help you release some built-up tension and get those endorphins flowing which trigger a positive feeling response in the body, similar to that of morphine. In other words, working out is about more than getting a toned body - it’s about your mind.