Stress plays a role in many of our lives and it can be detrimental to our health. Here’s our tried-and-true tip for managing and reducing stress — for more laughter lines than frown lines.
RECLAIM THE NOW
In our manmade constructs of time, many of our stresses come from the past (which no longer exists) and the future (which hasn’t happened yet). Reclaim the NOW, and immerse yourself in the wonder of every moment, where you’ll find a new wealth of gratitude.
FIND YOUR SANCTUARY
Whether it’s on your mat at Yoga or reading a book in the tub, create special moments of sanctuary for you to recharge and re-centre.
DO YOUR BEST, WITH REALISTIC INTENTIONS
Not many people can be the perfect mother, partner, workmate, boss, or friend, while maintaining a perfect body and a hefty bank account. Do your best at everything you do but remember that you are not expected to be the best at everything. Even if someone else is ‘better’ or your result isn’t ‘perfect’, you can find confidence in completing your best merits rather than beating yourself up over impossibly unattainable standards.
Breathing is the single most important thing you can do for your body, so practise deep breathing exercises throughout your day to bring your awareness inwards and to provide your body and mind with the delicious oxygen which we rely on.
LOSE THE DEAD WEIGHT
If you’re holding on to toxic relationships, habits or mindsets, it’s time to release them. Even when you are not consciously thinking of them, they are adding to your frustration and making even the smallest issues seem unbearable. Trade in harmful relationships for rekindling old friendships and family relationships. Trade in poor eating habits for fresher, healthier ones, and an old, negative perspective for a promising, positive one. These might not be the easiest to achieve but they are where your true personal growth will stem from.