7 ways to calm down, wake up and kick stress to the curb

7 ways to calm down, wake up and kick stress to the curb

Author -  Healtheries Naturopathic Team

Find out 7 ways to reduce your stress levels and boost your happiness index!

Stressed? Feel like a passenger in your own life? Chronic stress is detrimal to mind and body. It can place extra strain on your heart and adrenal glands. And over time, can negatively affect your immune system, making it easier to catch bugs and harder to recover.

Thankfully, there are ways to combat that 'out-of-control' feeling and bring balance back to your life by strengthening your mind's resilience to life's challenges.

Here are 7 ways to reduce stress and increase your sense of happiness:

Meditate for mindfulness:

Meditation, a proven stress reliever, may also let you tune out distractions, found recent research. Researchers at the University of Pennysylvania studied attention control in people before and after they learned mindfulness meditation. This involved participants sitting quietly for 30 minutes a day, focusing on breathing. When participants noticed their minds drifting, they gently guided their thoughts back to their breath.

After 8 weeks, the participants showed significant improvements at "orienting" - or staying on task and quickly refocusing their thinking after being distracted. Lad researcher Amishi Jha PhD says "Meditation trains you to put your attention where you want it and make sure it stays there."

Stop your inner saboteur

Self-sabotage is a combination of thoughts, feelings and self-defeating behaviours, which are caused by low self-esteem and lack of self-worth and confidence, which creates roadbloocks on the path to success. When you consciouslywant something but subconsciously make sure you don't get it, your inner sabateur is at work. The behaviours are subtle, but by learning to recognise them, you can begin to overcome them.

Say 'no' to negative thinking

Buddha (563-483 BC) famously said "All that we are arises with our thoughts". Our words, ideas and beliefs shape our daily lives. That's why it's important to listen to what you are saying to yourself. Negative internal thought cna make you feel bad and trapped in your own life and habits.

Soemtimes it can take some effort to bring htese thoughts to your conscious mind. Concentrate on what you want, and enjoy what you already have. Live in the moment - not in fear of what could happen in the future. Cultivate a sense of gratitude for everything you have. Now choose deliberately what you want in your life.

Connect with nature

Take time out of your busy schedule to get outdoors.  Take a stroll near the beach, wander through the local gardens or simply take a good book down to your favourite reading spot and feel energized again.

Decide to 'show up'

"Eighty percent of success is showing up" - Woody Allen. Ask yourself a very simple yet powerful question. "How will I show up today?" You have a choice of how you want your day to be. Each day is different and brings forth new opportunities to be happy. Choose now.

Be kind and see the divine in all things

There are however many ways you can develop a deeper connection with life.Yoga, tai chi and other body-mind practices can not only help  to strengthen your physical body, but also your mental health. Accept that life is sacred, celebrate it and share your joy with others. When we realize we are all in this together, we generate more acceptance and tolerance in the world.

Ligthen up with laughter!

Laughter is one of the best medicines around. Sharing a chuckle promotes the release of mood-enhancing brain chemicals which supports feelings of happiness, wellbeing and vitality. 

Sources: mindfood.com; beliefnet.com