1.Get Your Zen On
The benefits of yoga have been touted for a while now, and it is one of my favourite ways to de-stress. We all seem to either be or know someone who is an avid fan of weekly downward dogs. It tones the arms and strengthens the core while increasing flexibility, but it also does so much more than that. Yoga, meditation, and pranayama can create a mind, body & breath connection that helps reduce stress and anxiety (1).
The best part is you don’t even have to leave your house to enjoy these benefits. YouTube has many videos for yoga practice (I love Adriene) and there are countless apps to help you get your daily zen on. There is a new app called Yogi2Me – gotta love the name – which brings actual yoga teachers to your home or office. You can even pick your instructor!
2. Create a mindful space
I don’t know about you, but I live in a big, noisy city. London is always buzzing, I’m always surrounded by people, and feel like I’m always running a little bit late to be somewhere, which is why when I get home I want to feel like I’ve walked into my own safe space.
You don’t have to go crazy here. Get some nice candles, buy a plant or two for that greenery boost, some fairy lights, and you’ve got your own little city escape oasis. I also like to have my yoga mat (mine is from La Vie Boheme) to sit on if I’m doing my deep stretches, as it just means I’m not lying on the floor and it almost feels like my own little safe space.
3. Keep a gratitude journal
This is something I’ve recently started doing, and I’m already seeing the benefits.
The concept is simple and straightforward – every night before bed write down 3 things that happened that day that you’re grateful for. It can be something as simple as somebody holding the door of the lift for you as your were running towards it, to as deep as having your best friend’s shoulder to cry on in dark times. Or perhaps you got some free ice cream, or your mom send you a surprise gift in the mail. Honestly, if it makes you happy or grateful, it counts. It makes such a big impact to end the day thinking, focusing and remember the positive that it starts to shape your frame of mind.
I used to write it on my phone, but now I use a lovely notebook I got from __ or you could even get a beautiful gratitude journal that already has it beautifully laid out.
What about you guys, how do you usually de-stress and keep yourself sane in this busy busy world?