Stress can take a toll on both our minds and our bodies. When we are in a constant state of being overwhelmed, our minds are unable to process information effectively. Stress causes our immune systems to become suppressed, making it harder to fight off infections and increasing the likelihood of injures or getting sick. The impact that stress has on our mental and physical health is not something to take lightly. Stress management is vital for living a healthy and balanced life style. There are simple steps and life changes you can make to manage stress, without needing to use substance aids. Here are five tips that can help you mitigate stress and start enjoying life more.
When you clean and/or organize, you have a sense of control and peace of mind. If you’re constantly running around and occupied with tasks, it is likely that your place of work or home is cluttered. Studies show that the sight of clutter can put our mind on edge. So, take the time to clean up, give yourself a clean, calming environment.
Sometimes it feels silly, but it truly does help. Take 15-30 seconds to be mindful and take deep breaths. FUM can help with this, as it helps to alleviate stress by encouraging you to breathe deeper. Using your FUM with your preferred oil or stress away blend can help you to de-stress. Check out the top three essential oils that can help combat anxiety. Using FUM and essential oils, not only allows more oxygen in the brain, but it also helps your body to let go of tension and clear your mind.
Disconnecting for just 30 min a day can help alleviate stress and feelings of depression. A big contributor to the feeling of anxiety and stress is from the noise and visual stimulation we are constantly surrounded by. When we are on our cell phones nonstop, we are continuously processing information or surrounding ourselves with the highlight real of social media. Taking the time to disconnect can help refresh our mindset so we can live in the moment.
I understand that there are a lot of tips and information to do all at once, especially with a busy schedule. But just start with one, schedule it in your day if you need to. That’s what I do. On the days where I am not feeling my best or feeling down, I force myself to do at least one of the things listed above. And even though I might not feel like doing it, I feel better knowing that I took a step forward out of the negative mindset.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jocelyn's passion to help others drives her work here at FUM. Jocelyn uses her research knowledge to bring information to the FUM Family on how to improve health. She graduated with a degree in Business Management and Organizational Communication from University of Ottawa and currently lives in Calgary, Canada.