In this busy, stimulating, technology driven world we live in - we're more stressed than ever. And it's not hard to understand why. We're adapting to doing more in less time, consuming more information, being more competitive, and putting ourselves on display on social media.
In Australia, where I'm based, 75% of people surveyed admits that stress adversely impacts their physical health, while 64% said it impacts their mental health. Those are some huge numbers!
This trend has boosted a whole industry of solutions such as wellness retreats, coaches, medications, apps, and much more. Some of these are more helpful than others.
If you experience stress, there's something very simple you can start doing, without all the bells and whistles. No big investments or scary techniques.
Just give it a go, it won't hurt.
This simple and enjoyable habit helps me relieve stress and overwhelm all the time. You just have to make time for a 10 minute relaxation zone each day.
Give this a go at the end of the workday (or anytime you might need it)
For extra points, light a nice scented candle, turn off any lights, and listen to a relaxing Spotify playlist, like one of these.
You don't need to do any of these extra things though. Just raising your legs up high improves circulation, reduces edema (stuck or stagnant fluids that might build up during the day), relieves tired muscles, calms the nervous system, and quietens your mind.
Believe me, this isn't some fluffy stuff - you'll feel so good that you might even make it part of your everyday routine.
Hope this helps you feel a little bit less stressed. Remember, most things aren't worth sweating over. And, if you loved this little tip, comment below!
The above information is not intended as professional guidance. If you are experiencing high levels of stress, seek help. Talk to your GP, a counsellor or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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