3 Simple ways to deal with Stress

Okay, so if you stumbled into this blog is probably because you are burnt out and don’t know what else to do. Life hasn’t been very zen lately.  Don’t worry! We’ve all been there. Stress is part of life, and it even gets the best of us. Although it seems impossible to get through it, here are some simple ways to deal with stress:

1. Breath

breath

This may seem like an obvious task, but in the middle of it all, we often forget to do it. Now, I am not talking about the automatic breathing our bodies do to stay alive. I mean really breathing:

  • Close your eyes
  • Take a deep breath through your nose
  • Allow your lungs to enlarge and then your belly
  • When you can’t take any more air in, hold it for 3 seconds
  • Exhale through your mouth very slowly

Follow these steps as many times as you need until your mind and body feel relaxed. The best part is that we can do this anywhere: sitting in the car, in the hallway at school, even in our office chair! So, whenever you feel like you can’t do it anymore, just stop and BREATH.

2. Get moving

walk

I know what you are thinking… “Physical activities?! I am trying to distress here not pile on to my plate.” Well, don’t run just yet unless it’s to clear your mind.  You see, physical activity produces endorphins which are “feel good” chemicals in our brains. These natural painkillers help us reduce stress and feel more energized after a low to moderate work out. For example:

  • Take a walk, a jog and for those extra fit go for run
  • Bike around your neighborhood or the park
  • Find some fun work out classes Yoga, Pilates, Zumba
  • Go outside and play with your dog

If none of these ideas spark some joy, that’s okay. Find something that works for you, but don’t just sit there – GET MOVING!

3. Soak in the Tub

bath

Finally, my favorite one! Who said baths are just for kids? Adults need them too and specially during stressful times. Stress causes our muscles to contract, but submerging in warm water helps them loosen up.  Also, don’t be shy and add some extra stress reliever to the bath: Epsom Salt! Epsom salt is a natural mineral made up of magnesium and sulfate that helps reduce inflammation. Wave those joint and muscle aches goodbye. So, go on:

  • Fill your tub with warm water
  • Add Epsom salt
  • Throw in some bath bombs
  • Set the mood with your favorite scented candles
  • Turn on the soothing sounds
  • Grab a book
  • Jump in!

There is nothing more relaxing after a long stressful day than to SOAK IN THE TUB.

I hope these tips help you slow down and make it through the week. However, if the stress is a result of feeling lost, check out my blog on How to find your way back. Don’t give up you got this champ!

Thanks for reading,

Gabby Salazar

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