47 Ways to de-stress

47 Ways to de-stress

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Wellbeing is being at home in your body and mind. For me, it’s about feeling a sense of calm, being at ease and feeling content with where I am right now, at this very moment. No bullshit, no gimmicks. There’a a shitload of reasons why stress and anxiety can creep into your day to day and for me over the years these have been many and varied.

I went to a talk last night by a well known nutritional biochemist. I’ve seen her before and she’s good. I’m a common sense girl, and ideas need to be backed up by science for me and this particular woman knows her shit. Especially when it comes to the biomechanics of our hormones and our minds.

One thing that struck me though, was that I was listening to advice on stress from a woman who had no dependants and clearly no financial limitations or concerns. She spoke about the day to day stresses of the modern woman.

Kids, family, work… all the things that need to be done… emails… but nowhere did she mention some of the things that many us us deal with on the daily.

The whole busy woman syndrome thing is interesting. Yep, I reckon a lot of women, and men, go from one thing to the next, work commitments, kids commitments, home commitments. The never ending cycle of soccer practice, doctors visits, work deadlines and time pressures. Some of that in my opinion is a choice.

You choose to let your kid do ALL THE THINGS. They probably don’t want to do it anyway. And, no they are not going to be the next All Black/ Silver Fern/ Black Cap…. We made a choice in our family to let our kids do things they really wanted to and quit the rest. But I digress.

Thing is. Nowhere did she mention the stresses that are not one offs, or life events… things like, the unrelenting sleep deprivation that goes along with babies and toddlers, the daily struggle of raising neuro-atypical children, the stress of caring for dependants who are chronically or critically ill. You can’t self talk your way out of theses stresses.

Yet, she did make a great point. That stress has a direct opposite and that was in fact, trust. And I’d go so far as to say that when we trust our abilities, our bodies and our own minds to walk through the hand that life deals us, we are in fact lifted up and buoyed by the power within us.

I created a list of good shit that can help in meaningful ways a while back. When the shit hits the fan, it’s good to have a go to list of things you can do that will make a difference.

These are meaningful and purposeful things you can turn to at any time to calm your mind and bring about a sense of wellbeing. None are an immediate elixir by themselves but when you routinely practice a handful of these on the regular, you’ll start to know which ones bring you peace.

Some might seem a bit woo woo for some of you, but trust me!

For me, when I’ve had a stressful day, I go to bed with 30, 34 and 35! On the daily, I walk, do yoga and (try to) cut out inflammatory foods.

ways to destress

47 ways to destress

  1. Bathe
  2. Walk
  3. Beach
  4. Routine
  5. Yoga
  6. Dance class
  7. Body work
  8. Acupuncture
  9. Massage
  10. Creativity
  11. Less social media
  12. Say no
  13. Skin care
  14. Therapy
  15. Yin yoga
  16. Plants
  17. Stretch
  18. Candles
  19. Hydration
  20. Nutrition
  21. Probiotic foods
  22. Prebiotic foods
  23. Rest
  24. Naps
  25. Sleep
  26. Simplicity
  27. Essential oils
  28. Acting with purpose
  29. Enjoying tasks
  30. Gratitude
  31. Trinkets
  32. Sprays
  33. Slowing down
  34. Chakras
  35. Mantras
  36. Volunteering
  37. Being present
  38. Walking through the moment
  39. Allowing emotions to come and go
  40. Bath salts
  41. Service
  42. Ashwagandha
  43. Magnesium
  44. L-Theanine
  45. Breath
  46. Palo Santo
  47. Pat your dog

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