3 De-Stress Techniques to Save Your Sanity
When was the last time you felt stressed? Last week? Yesterday? An hour ago? Trust me, you’re not alone. Nearly 70% of Americans reported feeling stressed about money or work last year, and more than 50% said they were stressed about a personal health concern (American Psychological Association). It’s obvious that stress is a daily battle for most of us. Worries about money or family or illnesses… we’ve all been there.
Life will never be perfect, and that’s exactly why learning to manage stress is so important. Start giving your body, mind, and soul the TLC it deserves today by trying these 3 easy de-stress techniques.
1. Pinpoint expectations
“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”
Stress often happens because a situation doesn’t meet our predetermined expectations. You expected to get to your meeting in 15 minutes but traffic gridlock is increasing your commute to 30 minutes instead. You expected to find a new job within one month and it’s taking two.
When you’re worried and frazzled in a particular situation, ask yourself:
· Is this situation actually stressful, or do I feel stressed because my expectations are off the mark or unrealistic?
· If my expectations are unrealistic, how can I adjust them?
· Will worrying about this accomplish anything in the first place?
Those questions may sound ridiculous, but it’s crazy how often we put pressure and stress on ourselves unnecessarily.
2. Meditate for one minute
Forget rolling out the yoga mat at your office desk. If you don’t have time for a full-on meditative experience, take just one minute to stop everything and sit. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Take long, full breaths and hear your breath moving in and out. Feel your heart beating.
Even a one-minute meditation session can calm your mind and help you break out of the cycle of reactivity, where you’re frantically racing from one task to the next without letting your brain process things. It can help you reassess whether you really should be stressed out about that email or whether worrying about errands is really the most helpful use of your mental energy.
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”—William James
Meditation and breathing—they can work wonders. And if you’re not sure whether you’re breathing correctly during exercise in order to get maximum results (including a slimmer waist!), check out my article here.
3. Sweat it out
Forget sweating about life; sweat at the gym instead! Exercise is proven to help fight diseases that can be caused by stress, such as obesity or high blood pressure. It also helps you look healthier and feel more confident, and in my personal opinion, helps to refocus on your own mental and physical wellbeing after a day of giving and giving and giving to others (busy moms out there, you know what I mean).
My clients love Pilates because they get to give their bodies and minds some tough, cathartic love in one awesome exercise. After all, Pilates is based on the idea that a sound mind and body are equally important, and that balance can be achieved through creating alignment and harmony in the body. In each session with my clients, we focus on:
I’m happy to say that every client comes out of a session with a sweaty smile on their face, and hopefully, a little less stress on their mind.
Need to de-stress and get an awesome workout at the same time?
Book a private Pilates session with me today, and receive one hour totally devoted to you!