Our neurological system bears the burden of all the stress, whether it comes from work pressure, family responsibilities, or recurrent events.
We are told to be productive, maintain our workout schedule, and ace our social engagement—all while continuing our monotonous routine or handling household chores.
With everything going on in the world, we all have a limit that is easy to reach. We can't force ourselves to run on empty (without consequences) now or later.
The good news is that there are easy ways to incorporate resilience, rest, and renewal into our daily lives.
Here are some excellent techniques for calming your nerves, no matter what is happening around you.
1. Practice mindfulness and meditation to reduce stress and anxiety
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment, without judgment. Meditation is a technique that can help to cultivate mindfulness and promote a sense of calm. There are many different forms of meditation, including guided meditation, body scan meditation, and mindful breathing. Research has shown that regular practice of mindfulness and meditation can lead to a reduction in stress and anxiety symptoms.
Listening to calming music may also enhance sleep by decreasing your heart rate and breathing, as well as lowering your blood pressure. This, in turn, helps to reduce your tension and anxiety levels.
2. Engage in physical activity
Yoga and tai chi are gentle forms of exercise that can help improve flexibility, balance, and relaxation. Yoga is known to have a positive impact on reducing stress and tension in the body through its combination of physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation.
Walking is also a great form of exercise that can help release tension in the body. It is a low-impact activity that can improve cardiovascular health and help reduce stress. The repetitive motion of walking can help to clear the mind.
Additionally, you may engage in any physical activity that you like.
3. Get plenty of sleep
During sleep, the body can repair and regenerate cells, clear waste from the brain, and consolidate memories. Sleep also plays a critical role in regulating hormones, including those that control hunger and metabolism. Additionally, sleep helps to boost the immune system and can reduce the risk of developing certain chronic conditions. Getting enough sleep is key to maintaining overall health.
If you are having difficulty sleeping or have chronic insomnia, it's worth consulting a doctor to help you identify and address any underlying issues.
4. Practice gratitude and positive thinking
Practicing gratitude and positive thinking can have a blooming impact on mental well-being. It can help to shift one's focus from negative thoughts and experiences to positive ones. Keep a gratitude journal where you can write down things you are thankful for each day. You may also keep a record of your mood at regular intervals via our app. By doing this, you'll be able to comprehend how your feelings and behavior are related (which will also help you tweak your actions to be more productive and effective).
5. Disconnect from electronic devices
Disconnecting from electronic devices can be a good way to give your nervous system a break. Set specific times of the day when you will not use electronic devices, such as before bed or during meals. Create designated technology-free zones in your home, such as the bedroom or dining room. Try to engage in activities that do not require electronic devices, such as reading, writing, drawing, or spending time with friends and family.
In a nutshell
Starting small is quite beneficial. You don't have to devote a lot of time to it; even 5 to 10 minutes per day can make a significant difference. The most important thing is to do anything to reduce your sensory and neurological input. If possible, try to include it little-by-little throughout the day. This will allow you to integrate relaxation while not feeling like you're missing a significant amount of time from your day, as you would if you took an hour-long yoga or workout session. If you have a choice between exercise and rest, try to determine which would benefit your body more at the time.