Participating in a regular stretching program not only helps increase your flexibility, but it can also calm your mind. While you stretch, focus on mindfulness and meditation exercises, which give your mind a mental break.Between commitments to work, family and friends, the round-the-clock demands on our time can feel relentless. Seems like you always have a never-ending to-do lists – cooking meals, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining and the list goes on – which can add additional stress unnecessarily.
At the Olve, we are always looking at ways to relax and calm our minds. Stress was never meant to be a 24/7 experience. It’s supposed to be short-lived, and when stress becomes overwhelming, or it's chronic, it can take a toll on your well-being. That's why it's important to have effective stress relievers that can calm your mind and your body.
Here are some great tips we follow from Gut Identity, they provide some insightful strategies that suit your situation or environment.
Yoga: is a moving mediation that focuses on breadth and balance which allows you to release tension in your muscles and joints through the poses, you’ll usher in a sense of calm. It is a great way to get out of your head and into your body. Here are some Yoga exercises we love to do! Meditate: it doesn't matter what kind you do. Do what works for you and makes you feel chilled. Meditation can clear your mind from thoughts that are stressing you, and over time, regular meditation can lead you to be less reactive to stress, and more resilient in the face of your stressors. Not too sure how to get started? Try this Meditation exercise.
Calming Music: soft music relaxes your body and helps decrease the levels of stress hormones. According to Healthline, there’s lots of evidence that listening to music can help calm you in situations where you might feel anxious. So try making a calming playlist or stream Apple, Spotify or YouTube Music.
Breathe: take a deep breath—a good, deep breath—and let it out. If you’re feeling a little lighter, you’re not imagining it. Its a simple, effective, and convenient way to relieve stress and reverse your stress response, reducing the negative effects of chronic stress. We love these deep breathing exercises from Very Well Minded.
Try Tea: a perfect cup of tea can stimulate your senses and energize you from within. While yoga and meditation are known as effective ways to calm you mind and relive stress, some of the simplest pleasures in life is sipping some soothing tea. Herbal teas not only relax your mind but also help you sleep peacefully. Some teas we love include Chamomile, Peppermint Kahwa, Sage or Rose tea.
Stretch: moving our body and gently stretching our muscles helps release tension while calming your mind. When you stretch, focus on mindfulness and meditation exercises, which will give your mind a mental break.
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