There seems to be little escape for the stressful times we’re living in. Perhaps it’s because of added pressures to perform at work, longer hours, and busy city living. Or maybe it’s because of concerns over global issues. Or maybe it’s because of the increased costs of living. Whatever the cause, it’s showing its effects. The numbers of people who are suffering from stress and stress-related illnesses are steadily climbing, and it doesn’t look like quieting down any time soon. As such, it’s up to us to manage our stress levels. By incorporating a few simple habits into our levels, we can keep it at a manageable level. Here’s how.
There’s an activity you can do that requires no equipment, money, or vast of energy and time that’ll have a stupendously positive effect on your stress levels. It’s called meditation, and it’s a science-backed, age-old remedy to feeling at ease. There are many levels to meditation, so you’re able to go as deep as you like, but even the most basic of exercises will have an effect. Simply sit back against a wall, and concentrate on the inhale and exhale of your breath. Thoughts will flutter around for the first few minutes, but that’s fine – just bring your thinking back to your breath when you realize. In fifteen minutes, stop.
We weren’t supposed to spend this much time indoors. We belong outside! But of course, it can be cold and uncomfortable out there, so we retreat to our warm homes. Still, it’s important not to forget nature entirely. A mere fifteen minutes in nature feel lower those stress levels, and it’s only up from there. Make a habit of heading out into some green space every couple of weeks or so.
Not that you always need to visit Mother Nature to keep the stress away. There are a whole bunch of products you can have in your home that help achieve a calmer state, such as teas, cbd hemp oil, scent diffusers, and incense. These blend ancient wisdom with new scientific discoveries yet can be stored right in your home for those extra stressful days.
Technology has done us a lot of good, but it’s brought some downsides with it, too. For starters, the sheer act of staring too long at a screen can disrupt your sleeping habits, which means you’ll likely be stressed the following day. In a more direct way, smartphones, tablets, and laptops give your brain a constant stream of flashing images, which it can’t fully process. So even if you’re enjoying all the time you spend browsing the web and watching videos, it might not be all that good for your mind!
Simply your Life
The simpler your life is, the easier it is to manage. If you have too many items, money worries, and the other things that cause people stress, then, well, you’re going to be stressed. Wherever possible, try to keep things as light as possible.