The world can be a stressful place. Between the demands of work and family life, it’s easy to feel like you’re running nonstop. But if you want to live a healthy life, it’s important to take care of yourself and that means taking time for self-care! Not only does this help you feel better physically and mentally, but also helps keep stress levels under control as well. So how do you make sure your brain stays in tip-top shape? We’ve got answers:
Everyone Needs a Little Self-Care
You might be thinking: “I don’t need to worry about self-care! I’m a busy person and have no time for anything like that.”
You’d be wrong. Everyone needs a little self-care–and that includes you!
Stress is an inevitable part of life. We all experience it at some point in our lives; it’s just how we deal with it that makes the difference between being able to function well or not so well. If you’re feeling stressed out, here are some tips on how to manage your stress:
- Take care of yourself by eating healthy meals and getting enough sleep every night (not just when you’re sick). Make sure you’re getting enough exercise so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by exhaustion later on in the day/weekend/year!
Try a Midday Power Nap
Naps can be a great way to relieve stress and increase energy. A nap is a brief period of sleep during which you are fully awake, but your mind is in a resting state. Naps can be taken anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour or two, depending on how long you want them to last.
Napping is one of the most effective stress management tools available for people who find themselves dealing with chronic stress, anxiety or depression. Studies have shown that napping has been shown to decrease your heart rate by 15 beats per minute and lower blood pressure by up to 5 points!
Even if it’s just 10 minutes at noon before work where no one notices (or cares) if you take a few sips of coffee while reading an article online…you’re already ahead of schedule!
Eat Healthy Foods That Nourish Your Body and Mind.
Eating a healthy diet is the best way to nourish your body, mind and soul. Eat foods that make you feel good. They should be nutritious and energizing so they can boost your energy levels while also helping to keep you relaxed at night.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day; these are full of antioxidants as well as essential vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C & E which help with brain function.* Eat dark chocolate which contains flavonoids (antioxidants) that may reduce stress levels.* Drink lots of water throughout the day instead of just drinking water when you feel thirsty or hangry–this will help keep your blood sugar balanced.* Make sure that each meal has protein in it (meat or fish) because this helps build muscle tissue which burns fat during exercise.* Ensure that each meal has carbohydrates such as breads/cereals/pasta etc.; if there isn’t enough time then try adding them into recipes beforehand so they taste better afterwards!
Brush Up on Your Mindfulness Skills
The next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, try taking a moment to be mindful.
Mindfulness means paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judging them. It’s about being awake and aware of what’s happening in the present moment–without wanting anything different or adding anything extra.
If this sounds like a lot of work (and it can be!), don’t worry; there are lots of ways to practice mindfulness: meditation, yoga classes, tai chi exercises…the list goes on!
You Don’t Have to Be Stressed All the Time!
Stress can be a motivating factor, or even a way to release your emotions. If you find yourself feeling stressed out all of the time, then it might be time for you to take a step back and reflect on how you’re feeling and what could change that.
You don’t need stress in order to be successful at what you do–in fact, research has shown that people who work under pressure (such as being over-scheduled or having limited resources) tend not only to perform worse but also report higher levels of burnout than those who do not experience these pressures. But if there’s anything positive about stress: it can help us stay focused on our goals!
The key is taking care of yourself so you can be your best self. It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of life, but if you practice mindfulness and self-care, it becomes easier to manage your stress and live a more balanced life.