Remember when life was stress free? When the biggest decision of your carefree existence was whether to choose cornflakes or porridge for breakfast, and long socks or anklets to match your brand new adorable skirt? Wait, wait just a moment … me neither. I think I’m reliving someone else’s joyful life!
Carefree … I think that skipped my generation, or at least, my individual part of it. I’ve always been driven, a high achiever. Disappointed with an A- and too busy to rejoice in my victories, whether small or large. Always moving on to the next thing … and quickly. A life lived for future successes, an endless and expanding vision driven by an inner and unstoppable urgent energy.
Yes, I know. I’m not alone.
And the stress that is a kindred bedfellow to this way of living can be very damaging, to the body, mind and spirit.
And the stress that is a kindred bedfellow to this way of living can be very damaging, to the body, mind and spirit. It’s critical, and wonderfully liberating, to discover simple slow down strategies.
On that note, I’m excited to share my 7 Steps to De-Stress and Discover Your Relaxed and Rejuvenated Self:
1. Kick off your shoes and run up and down on the spot for 30 seconds. Punch the air, scream at the top of your lungs. This motion and vocalisation tells your core that you’re fighting off the proverbial sabre tooth tiger. And the endorphin release is heavenly.
2. Pop on your favourite upbeat tunes and revive your inner diva. If you’re an Eighties babe like me, you can’t go past a little retro. Eye Of The Tiger, anyone?
3. Sublime shuteye. It’s underrated and super important. Set a routine wake time, and aim for 8 hours of sleep most nights. Those missing Zzz’s could be leaving you flat, grumpy and underproductive.
4. Meditate like a monk. Well, maybe not initially. However, this mind focus and relaxation technique can reduce blood pressure, stress and anxiety in as little as 10 minutes per day. Ommm …
5. Time for an adjustment? Many chiropractic patients notice they sleep like a log and unwind easily after care. In fact, a pilot study indicates regular care may reduce depression.
6. Pay close attention to your breathing. Is it deep and long, or short and compressed? Many of us, to our detriment, fall into the latter category. Sit up straight, gently push out your chest and breathe slowly right down to the pit of your stomach. Three breaths in a row… ah, feels good doesn’t it?
7. How long is it since you’ve taken a holiday? No, not a weekend away, but a real, computer and phone-less break?
It may be time to completely recharge your batteries. I think I hear Tahiti calling.
Dr Rebecca Harwin
The Women’s Wellbeing Warrior
Dr Rebecca is an international best-selling health author, course creator, chiropractor and clinician. She has been supportively guiding and empowering women of all ages to positively transform their lives, through nurturing foods, simple actions, movement and enlightened choices.
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