Life is all about balance, and I am all about helping women find it.
So as you can probably tell from the themes on my website, I am all about stress management – I just LOVE talking about ways to feel good.
I mean, honestly, who really wants to feel like crap?
The truth is: we all want to feel good! This is why wellness is a multi-billion dollar industry!
The problem is that there is too much information out there. Throw in the fact that most busy women have very limited time and funds, and it becomes overwhelming to try and figure out what to do and where to spend your money.
So I have put together a list of 3 super simple + free ways you can support your body and your mind to better manage stress.
These tips are so super simple, I just know you are going to LOVE them.
1. Lemon + Warm water
Start every morning by squeezing some fresh lemon into a warm cup of water. It is important to do this before your morning coffee / tea and before you eat. Lemon water is very powerful and healing – it helps wake up your digestive system, flushes out toxins, boosts your immunity, and even freshens your breath!
2. Just breathe.
This practice can be done anytime, anywhere. I like my clients to work on keeping a regular, daily breathing practice as part of their stress management routine. Often when we get stressed by someone or something, we start breathing very shallow, which in turn happens to initiate the stress response in the body – meaning we are keeping the body in a perpetually stressed out state. Not good! One of the best ways to counteract this very negative process is to practice deep breathing – it quickly breaks the stress-response cycle in the body an helps you calm down. Try this practice:
If you are in a chair: Sit with your legs uncrossed, feet flat on the floor. Uncross arms and place hands gently on legs. Sit nice and tall with your back straight, belly tight. You can also do this lying down on your back, just make sure legs and arms are uncrossed as well.
Close your eyes. Close your mouth. Breathe in and out of your nose only. Take a few deep breaths here.
Begin a count in your mind, counting to 3 on your inhale, and then counting to 3 on your exhale. This keeps the inhales and exhales equal in length. You can increase the count or decrease the count as much as you need, just as long as the inhale and exhale are equal.
Take 20 complete breaths (1 complete breath = inhale + exhale). Then slowly open your eyes, smile, and continue on with your day!
Exercise is essential in stress management. When your body is in the stress-response state, it is pumping cortisol to your muscles and adrenaline to your heart (adrenaline is what makes you feel like your heart is racing when you are stressed). Physical exercise directly reduces those 2 chemicals in the body, therefore restoring your body to a calmer, less stressed state.
So what is my number #1 recommendation when you want to get moving: walk!
That’s right – it doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Walking is so, so good for you. And you can do it anywhere – at the mall, at the beach, downtown, on trails, dog parks. Grab your walking shoes, your friends or partner, and just go for a nice long walk! If you are not much of an exercise person, this is a great way to get moving. And if you are already working out, switching it up and getting outside for a more low-key, relaxed activity gives your body a much deserved break.
So give these 3 tips a go and I promise that you will notice a change in how you feel! Let me know how it goes!