Daily self-care habits to help reduce stress
If life is feeling a little crazy, or there’s been big changes happening lately that have given you cause for stress, is time to do something about it before it takes its toll. We often take on too much and then lose our life balance, which can be ok in the short term as our bodies use adrenaline to provide the extra energy we need to get through it. However, too much long term stress is detrimental to our health and wellbeing. Here, yoga instructor and founder of Golden Yogi, Erin O’Hara shares her self-care habits and rituals to help you stay more balanced and stress less.
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A daily meditation practice is like a shower for the mind, and the more regularly you do it, the more balanced the mind becomes. This can simply be 5-10 minutes of practice in the morning or before bed. Any meditation is good; whether it’s breath awareness, mindfulness, chanting, or even a guided meditation on an app such as Headspace or Calm.
Getting enough sleep gives you a greater ability to cope with stress. Sleep brings hormones into balance, calms the nervous system, rests the body and mind, and gives you energy to cope with life.
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Disconnect from technology and avoid checking emails or Facebook in the middle of the night or when you first wake up. Set boundaries around your work time and when you are taking time off.
Exercise gives you more energy by boosting the flow of blood and endorphins around your body. It reduces stress, depression and anxiety. Aim for 20-30 minutes of exercise 3-4 times per week.
Make healthy wholefoods the foundation of your diet. Eat more wholefoods and fewer processed foods, drink adequate water, reduce caffeine, and eat regular healthy snacks to keep your sugar levels balanced and your energy levels stable.
Vitamins and minerals
B vitamins aid healthy brain and nervous system function and get depleted when we stress. Manage stress by taking a B complex supplement daily. Magnesium is also known to help alleviate stress and reduce anxiety.
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What rituals do you do regularly to help reduce stress? Please share your tips in the comments below!