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Many people want to know how to decrease the amount of stress in their life! My only suggestion is to quit your job and run to the hills! Yes, I know, easier said than done! I can give you 7 easy steps you can implement throughout your week to help you manage the current stressors in your life.
Take time out
Within today’s society we are often working long hours and spending most of our time pleasing others or doing things for others. Once a week or once a month take time out on your own or with a friend or partner to do something you enjoy. E.g. reading a book, a hot bath, a game of golf, lazy afternoon in the hammock reading the paper, a bush walk, or movie. This timeout, however long, will help you recharge those batteries and any stress you thought was major, may now seem quite insignificant.
Listen to Music
As the old saying goes “music soothes the savage beast”. Try ‘relaxation’ music if you want to truly relax. Or choose your favourite style or band and turn it up loud when cleaning the house or having a shower/bath. Maybe you are one of those ‘closet’ singers – let you hair down when no one is around. Music allows you to escape the daily grind and most times music you enjoy, makes you feel better and of course this assists in decreasing those stress levels. “Classical” music is great for stimulating the brain, whilst ‘relaxation’ music helps to decrease stress.
Relaxation/Meditation – Yes very hippy like, but honestly it works. Whether it is attending a Yoga or Pilate’s class. After 1hr you feel so much more relaxed and or course less stressed. Stretching helps relax your muscles and subsequently you. Why not try Meditation, some Yoga classes’ offer 15min meditation after the class or alternatively you may wish to attend a workshop that shows you many different ways to meditate. Meditation helps clear you mind and prepares you mentally to manage your stress.
Participate in Exercise &/or Physical Activity
Yes, the dreaded word! Everyone knows that exercise helps decrease stress by reducing cortisol (a stress hormone) and increase the good happy chemicals endorphins, which are responsible for making you feel happy. And when you feel happy and less stressed, you are more productive!
- Make sure you exercise at least 3 times a week.
- To encourage yourself to exercise wear a pedometer and see how many steps you can record each week and make a competition of it, and offer yourself a reward for reaching your goal.
- Join a sports team (if that is something that entices you). There are heaps of sporting competitions and local community fundraisers that involve exercise (fun runs, bike rides etc).
- Alternatively you could join us at Merendi Health & Wellness with many classes to choose from, we are sure to have something that suits you needs.
Shout yourself a Massage or Pamper
Yes, it is true that indulging in a Relaxation or even Remedial Massage can lower your stress. Stress can cause muscles to tighten, which subsequently can cause discomfort, tiredness and even pain. The muscles that tend to increase in tension include the neck, shoulders, upper back and even the buttocks. If you are not the type of person who enjoys a massage, why not look at having a pamper – book in for a facial (yes even men can have a facial) and often the therapist will include a neck and facial massage. Another inexpensive way to treat yourself is to indulge in a pedicure. Finally if you are feeling like the ultimate indulgence get some girlfriends or your mum and/or sister & shout yourself a day out at a ‘day spa’ and be given the royal treatment.
Maintain Work/Life Balance
A lot of people can forget about ensuring they have a healthy balance of work and life. In today’s society people are working longer hours and even stretching the work week out to 6 or 7 days. You need to take charge and set yourself a routine or roster that allows you to ‘stop’ work and spend quality time with your family and/or friends. Turn your computer/laptop off, turn off or leave at home the blackberry/iPhone/mobile, to allow you time to tune out and give yourself a break away from work. It is so easy these days to take work home with you due to our advances in technology. Also many people now have the luxury and choice of being able to work from home. This can ‘blur’ the work/life boundaries. If you work from home – set yourself time limits (start and finish times), close or lock your home office door after work hours and on weekends to prevent you sneaking into do some work. It is sometimes too easy to allow work to consume and take over our lives. By following these simple tips it will help lower your stress levels and allow you to recharge your batteries.
This is the most important of all to decreasing your stress levels. To reduce stress, why not be social. Whether it is meeting friends at a local café, hosting a BBQ or picnic, playing a team sport or taking the kids to the park or beach. It does not have to be too flash or organised. And remember not to work too much, especially if you run your own business. This is often the reason a lot of people suffer from high stress, as they don’t spend enough time enjoying life, as they should!
Final word, if you or someone you know is starting to show real signs of stress, for e.g. increased lethargy, regular days off due to sickness or stress, increased occurrences of illness or reducing social interaction, it might be worthwhile to call our team of experts at Merendi to help you get to the root of the problem.
We offer the following services and programs, which can be tailored to suit your needs;
- Health Assessments
- Health & Wellness Education
- Stress Management,
- Lifestyle Management,
- Weight Management,
- General Health Education.
- Group Fitness Classes
- Boxing Fitness,
- Stretching & Relaxation,
- Functional Fitness
- Personal Training
- Corporate Groups
- Anxiety and Depression
- Stress and Anger
- Mental Health issues
- Motivation and Assertiveness
- Workplace Massage & Alternative Therapies
- Remedial Massage,
- Bowen Therapy,
- Chinese Acupressure,
- Active Release,
- Theta & Pranic Healing
Our team consists of;
- Exercise Physiologists,
- Dietitians & Nutritionists,
- Psychologists & Counsellors,
- Massage & Alternative Therapists,
- Occupational Therapists,
- Pilates Instructors
Call us today on 1300 881 536 for a FREE consultation to discuss your individual needs.
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