So if you read post 5 Ways Stress Affects Our System you know what your body is telling you when it comes to stress. Let's talk about ways to destress.
When you change the flow of your breath your mental state. This easy because you can do it anytime and anywhere. When we are stressed our inhalation becomes extremely long and exhale is typically very short. Sometimes we are so stressed out we forget to exhale. Have you ever noticed this? The quality of our inhalation is energizing and stimulating while the quality of our exhale is calming and relaxing.
Right now, noticed you breathe without changing it for about 30 seconds. Notice the quality of your inhales and exhales. Notice where your breath enters your body and where it leaves. Observe the quality of your inhales and exhales. Is one longer or shorter than the other? Are their pauses in between breaths, or is your breath smooth?
Now, change your breathing. Take 3 deep inhales through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
Then, go back to observing your breath. Feel your breath moving in and out of your nose. See if you can make your exhalation slightly longer than your inhale. Continue doing this for as long as you'd like. If you become uncomfortable at any time just stop controlling your breath normal.
2. Go outside
Nothing is better than fresh air and sunshine. Nature is powerful for fighting stress. You don't even have to do but just "be". I try to go outside at least 3 times a day. It helps me disconnect. When I come back inside I feel refreshed and ready to go.
3. Talk it out
Call a friend or meet up with a friend and talk it out. When our brain feels swirly and overwhelmed sometimes its best to talk about what is going on in it. Getting your thoughts out is a great way to lower your stress level.
There is no escaping stress. When you are feeling stressed take not of it. Notice where stress is occurring in your body and make an effort to incorporate some de-stressing practices into your routine!
These are just 3 of my favorite ways to de-stress. What are yours?