Enjoy this guest post from Sheila Olson who runs Fit Sheila. It's all about making small changes to your lifestyle & habits to transform your mindset, health & wellbeing. Enjoy the read!
Reducing stress and feeling better overall can be difficult, especially when you have a family, a job, and relationships that contribute to the load you carry every day. Finding ways to de-stress and relieve anxiety or depression is important, however, as it can help give you a mental health boost, contribute positively to your physical health, and allow you to get in touch with your spirituality. All of those things can help you be a better version of yourself.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help yourself feel better in general, from getting better sleep (and more of it) to taking time out for yourself every day. It’s not just about recognizing when you’re stressed; it’s also important to find ways to prevent those feelings from occurring in the first place. Knowing how to get in front of stress, as well as how to cope with it, can keep you looking forward even during the hardest of times.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to feel better and why it’s important to keep your physical and mental health in check.
Make Time for Yourself
While it can be difficult to make time for yourself every time you need it, it’s important to learn how to take a break now and then, no matter how busy your life is. Whether you’re happiest spending downtime with your family at home or need to get into nature to unplug a bit, allow yourself the time to do it as often as you can.
Get Better Sleep
The ability to get good sleep can make or break a person physically and mentally, so it’s important to ensure that you get enough rest every night and that it’s of good quality. This means creating a comfortable bedroom that is free of too much light or noise, limiting your time in front of screens at least an hour before bedtime, and keeping the temperature at the right level. For some great tips on how to make your bedroom stress-free, read on here.
Be Careful About What You Eat
Eating a well-balanced diet will go a long way toward helping you feel better both mentally and physically, which can, in turn, help your spiritual wellness. Look for whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts, and lean meats like fish and chicken for protein. Cut back on -- or cut out entirely -- sugars and fatty foods, which can leave you feeling sluggish and can lead to various health issues, including diabetes or high blood pressure.
Spending time outside has been shown in studies to boost health and prevent disease, and it can help you relieve stress, anxiety, and the symptoms of depression as well. Whether you like to get active by playing a sport or just spend some time in the garden, hanging out alfresco can have myriad benefits for your physical and mental health and will allow you to meditate and learn the finer points of mindfulness.
Try Something New
Trying new things can help you boost your self-esteem and confidence, make new social connections, and learn skills that you might keep for the rest of your life. You may decide to learn a new language or take a class on a subject you’ve always wanted to know more about. This is a great way to expand your horizons and learn more about yourself as well.
Focusing on your physical and mental well-being is the best way to help yourself feel recharged, positive, and healthy, especially if you’ve been feeling stuck in a rut or overly stressed lately. Talk to your family members about your goals; they may want to join you!
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