According to recent data gathered by Statistic Brain, 48% of Americans have reported an increase in their stress levels over the last 5 years.
And while this article isn’t to discuss and pinpoint out the exact causes and common contributors of stress, it is to remind you that we’re living an increasingly stressed society and that it may only get worse.
Here are some tools to arm yourself when you need to reduce stress and you’re looking for a natural remedy:
1. Update Your Home & Office with Plants
Spending time in a green environment can help calm nerves and improve your well-being.
Keep a few indoor plants in the areas you frequent often and spend long extended times in. I am always reminded when I see an indoor plant that I’ve had for quite some time, that it required a nurturing relationship from me.
When your stressed, let your indoor plants remind you to be gentle with yourself. And if need be, take a moment to water your plants, prune them and re-pot them.
2. Take a Moment to Peer Into the Sky
If you’re feeling stressed, maybe even running on overdrive, take a moment to peer up into the sky. Remember when you were a child and you would spend hours upon hours of gazing into the sky contemplating the possibilities of life?
Peering into the sky allows us to sit back and take our minds off our problems. Watch how clouds move seamlessly throughout the sky, appreciate the beauty that the sky has to offer and take a moment to bask in the wisdom it has in store for all of us.
If you’re peering into the night time sky, let the stars gently remind you that in the grand scheme of things, the stress we face right now maybe quite insignificant as we step into old-age.
3. Find Some Moving Water
Since the dawn of ages, mankind has used the serene benefits of moving water to find inner peace. If you’re feeling stressed, find some moving water, or even just a body of still water. Sit next to the water and pay careful attention to what your five senses are registering.
4. Go People Watching
People watching? Yes, people watching. I find that whenever I am stressed, I would much rather be around others than be by myself. Even if I’m not directly interacting with others, just simply watching and observing other people is enough to calm my mind.
People watching can make you laugh and it can put things into perspective. But most of all, the act of people watching gets you outside your head.
5. Pour Yourself a Healthy Beverage
Take a moment to brew a cup of coffee, a cup of tea or press some fresh juice. Get involved with the process of creating your healthy beverage of choice.
By simply being present and involved with creating something to nourish your body, you can move through your stress while you brew and sip your healthy tonic.
6. Listen to Music
If you’re finding yourself easily stressed, or stressed regularly. Take a moment to invest in a stress-less playlist.
Find music that helps you calm down, music that helps you reflect, music that shifts your mood from stressed to energetic and grateful.
If you’re fresh out of music ideas, then simply turn on the radio or tune into an internet radio station that will lively up your mood. Music is a universal language and an effective tool to improve your mood and subsequently, reduce stress.
I always say: When in doubt, get out of your mind and into your body.
When we’re stressed our minds are like a hamster on a wheel. It never stops unless we interrupt the chatter. Take a five-minute break and get into your body. Go walk up and down a flight of stairs. Close your office door and do some jumping jacks. Leave your environment and go for a stroll.
If need be, take an hour or two for a time-out and hit the gym or go for a run. I don’t want you to run away from your stress, instead I want you to face it head on with a clearer mind.
8. Organize Your Life
When I feel the effects of stress, it can almost be related to being disorganized. Take a moment and look at your work space, your home, your bedroom, your bathroom and car. How organized are these spaces we spend so much time in?
Organizing the spaces we frequent often and spend countless hours in is a great way to de-clutter the mind. What the mind takes in is the energy it puts out.
Reduce the stress and chaos in your life by simply spending 10-20 minutes organizing and optimizing your environment.
9. Cut Down on Internet & Cell Phone Usage
When we’re stressed the last thing we need to do is assault our minds and senses with the internet and anything from our cell phones.
You’re already running on hyper-drive or about to shut down, the last thing you need to do is expose yourself to internet “chatter” and unnecessary communication when you’re trying to de-stress.
Life is like a rollercoaster. Sometimes we’re going uphill, downhill or just coasting until we hit the next peak. Regardless of where you are on this ride of life, be sure to adequately nourish your mind and body with enough sleep.
When we’re stressed the last thing we need to do is be walking around like we’re zombies just coping with life or acting squirrely because we pulled an all-nighter before. Invest in your health and reduce stress with adequate sleep.
Stress is an unavoidable part of our lives, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Untreated stress can manifest in various physical and mental health ailments or even worse.
Manage your stress levels with any of these 10 tips above to help you move through your day with more peace and stillness.
How do you reduce stress in your life? Leave a comment below.