Stress is pretty much unavoidable. As natural as it is to feel this stress, if we allow it to become a constant in our lives, it can lead to a variety of negative effects. That doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to suffer if you experience stress in your day-to-day life. Investing time in soothing and balancing practices can help you release the build-up of stress from your body and your mind.
Just Say “Om”
Developing a steady meditation practice is one of the very best things you can do to let go of stress in your life. It cultivates a deep inner peace and the ability to let distressing thoughts go instead of circling them obsessively. There are tons of different types of meditation practices, but even taking just a few minutes a day to sit quietly and focus on your breath can have dramatically positive impacts.
Spend Time with Friends
There are some people that always just leave you feeling refreshed and more positive. Whether you choose to talk about what is troubling you, or you prefer to focus on what’s going on in their life, spending time with a grounded friend can help you get perspective on the issues that you’re struggling with.
Get Out in Nature
Something about the simplicity and beauty of the natural world that reminds us that our ultimate purpose in life is to simply be the best us we can be. All of the added stresses and strains of modern life feel far away when you’re out on a long hike or floating in the ocean’s waves, and that little bit of space can help make stressful situations seem much more manageable.
Have a Dance Party
Connect with the music + really let your body express any pent up feelings through your movements, you just might find that you can completely turn your mood around in just a matter of minutes.