Let's talk about self-care. Yes, proper nutrition and exercise are at the top of that list!
But don't forget about stress management as well. Stress causes all kinds of mayhem and is something you should minimize for your overall well-being. Too much stress can contribute to psychological and physical health issues.
I definitely have the propensity to easily become stressed and overwhelmed, but I take precautions to remain stress free.
Here are some of the things I do that for my well-being to keep me focused, stress free, and generally happy. Maybe you can implement some of these things if you often find yourself stressed!
1. Wake up early.
I am very busy, like most people. If I get a late start to my day, I automatically feel rushed, frantic, and overwhelmed. By waking early, I give myself time to get things out the way and do it without panic.
2. Schedule everything. Routine = Simplicity.
I am a total planner. I like knowing exactly what I need to do and when I need to do it. I have times blocked off for everything and it's scheduled in my calendar. I also keep a to do list of things I need to complete within my time blocks. Knowing what to do ahead of time prevents procrastination and decision fatigue. I also plan my meal and exercise routine ahead of time.
3. Meditation (or prayer)
Having a few moments of silence to reflect and relax has been beneficial for me. I meditate 10 minutes every morning and it definitely helps me feel more peaceful.
4. "Me Time" and Quality Time
I make it a point to schedule time for me to do things for myself and things I enjoy with the important people in my life. I schedule regular spa days for myself to rejuvenate. I visit my family often, travel, go on dates with my boyfriend, etc. There are ton of free/cheap things to do also- beach, park, rent a movie, etc.
Lifting weights, running, yoga- all these things are excellent stress relievers and release endorphins to improve mood. I lift 3x per week, cardio 5x per week, and my rest days are active as well. You'd be amazed what consistent exercise can do for you.
Again, these are things that help me to minimize stress. Hope this can be helpful to someone who needs to relieve stress 😌
Arielle is a certified fitness trainer, certified sports nutritionist, fitness enthusiast, and bikini competitor who has been involved in fitness since 2011. She also is studying for her Doctorate of Health Science in Nutrition and Exercise Science.