Wednesday wisdom: 5 ways to stay relaxed
1. Stay mentally present.
As we know, the world is pretty fast-paced and we often find ourselves thinking 10 steps ahead. But it’s important to stay mentally present. So, stop what you’re doing for five minutes and pay attention to your surroundings. Focus on the present moment. Hold up: isn’t this mindfulness? You’re right, it is.
2. Listen to soothing music.
Studies have confirmed what we already know: listening to music helps soothe the mind. Research from the University of Nevada has confirmed that music is effective for relaxation and stress management. So, plug in your headphones and crank up those tunes.
3. Get active.
One of the best things to do when feeling stressed out is to get yourself moving. Whether it’s going to the gym, going for a walk to Starbucks or simply stretching your legs at the office, it can help you clear your head.
4. Think positively.
If you find yourself suddenly stressed, reach for a positive thought to help refocus you. Think about something you’re grateful for, whether it’s an upcoming event you’re looking forward to or something completely mundane like you’re morning coffee.
5. Take baby steps.
Contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to do everything at once. In fact, that’s a surefire way to add to your stress. Instead, focus on making a start. Even the smallest steps can help you get started.
We all feel face stressful situations, but there are active steps we can take to stay calm and reduce stress. By living in the moment, staying active, changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive, you can keep your cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressed out.