Mindfulness doesn't have to be all meditation and breathing. It is also the act of being thoughtful of what you are doing right now. Living life with a purpose feels good! This week, we want to help you do a few things to reduce your stress and increase your joy!
Last week, my husband and I took a social media timeout while we attended the Cannabis Science Conference. This was our time to learn new things and to let go of some stress as we also took time off for ourselves.
I struggled for a couple of days with wanting to know what was happening and feeling like I needed the break because it was making me so upset. Taking a break really helped find my focus and bring me back to a good place. Sure, I am just as passionate about the issues as I was before I left. But I also have more direction and less anger. It was a good thing!
Studies show social media is causing anxiety. “These findings suggest that some may need to re-establish control over the technology they use, rather than being controlled by it,” says Anxiety UK CEO, Nicky Lidbetter. “If you are predisposed to anxiety it seems that the pressures from technology act as a tipping point, making people feel more insecure and more overwhelmed,” Lidbetter states.
Enjoy Some Self-Love
When was the last time you took a few hours to relax in the tub, enjoy a hot shower, or wrap up in your favorite bathrobe and tended to your skin? For many of us, self-care isn't in the schedule. We tend to the kids, the spouse, the chores before we tend to ourselves.
This week schedule some time to love yourself. Light some candles, apply a mud mask! And ladies… you don't have to shave those legs and tender areas, but it's still warm out and if you feel like you need a little extra attention to those places… this would be a good time for that.
Get In The Kitchen And Dance!
When I am especially stressed I do one of two things… I don't know why. I either go in the bathroom, lock the door, turn on some music ( Shaggy's Angel and Boomtastic) and I clean the hell out of our bathroom.
But the Kitchen is my creative place. I love the smells and taste of creating something new and wonderful. So when I am stressed that's the best place for me to be. Music can be the easiest way to improve your mood, add creating something new in the kitchen, and you have a cocktail for a better day.
Get your groove on, portable wifi speakers are my best friends. Sometimes I am almost disappointed that dinner is finished because I have been having such a good time.
Yep, the weather in most of the country is just wet and awful. I get it. Because I hate going outside when it is cold. My bones hurt in the cold and I will run from my garage to my warm car to avoid being cold.
However, science has proved that even when it cloudy or raining, you can still get a mood lift from being outside for as few as 10 minutes.
Grab your umbrella and favorite rain boots, bundle up, and go for a walk! Your body and your mind will thank you.
Breathe in the cool fresh air and let your body's natural stress fighters do their job.
Plan A New Adventure!
Planning a vacation or just a simple local adventure can be just as much fun as actually going. You have something to look forward to and it helps the days to move by so much faster.
Where would you go? What would you do? Who would you like to take with you?
Go ahead and take some time to focus on YOU for a while and you will find that your troubles won't seem so heavy. Take a mental break and de-stress. You deserve it!