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8 Daily Steps to Take to Achieve Stress Relief & Find Mental Wellness and Calm

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Every day strategies for stress relief and finding wellness

Stress is one of the biggest complaints in the modern world and mental health professionals regularly see the results of it. We’re time poor, rushed, and juggling multiple hats and keeping stress at bay is paramount to living a healthy and effective life. Many common physical and mental diseases and complaints are caused by stress to a large extent. That’s why it’s so important that you acknowledge when you’re stressed and immediately start looking for and enacting strategies that can offer you some stress relief. Finding strategies that work for you will not only improve your mental wellness, they’ll enhance your life as a whole. And it’s certainly worth spending a little time each day to get such a big result in return. Here are 8 simple steps you can take to achieve a calmer existence!

Go for a Walk

Exercise is always suggested as a way to reduce stress and improve mental wellness. And that’s because it works. This is why it’s our top tip! Exercise increases your blood flow and gives you a rush of endorphins that makes you feel good. And it doesn’t have to be rigorous exercise either, a gentle walk every day will work wonders for stress relief. It also burns up adrenaline and cortisol, which is running around in your blood stream during times of stress. How’s that for motivation?!

Meditate

It seems like everyone’s meditating these days and for good reason. Studies have shown that meditation can offer a whole host of benefits for your mental and physical health including stress relief, improved cognitive function, and mood elevation. So find a style of meditation you like and practice it every day. Even five minutes of meditation can make an amazing difference to your mental health. There are many apps on the market offering guided meditation to assist in reducing stress.

Make Sure you’re Organized

Many of us stress out when we think toward the future. You might have a big meeting, a date, or just a series of obligations that crowd your mind at night and prevent you from sleeping. A good way to get some stress relief from this kind of worrying is to be organized the night before. It sounds so simple, but we rarely do it! It does take some commitment; however, you can start with the basics - make sure you have your clothes ready and everything you’ll need for the day. Prepare a healthy lunch so your body has the fuel it needs to keep going. And write down notes for that meeting that’s stressing you out - it’s a great way to have those thoughts stop whirring about in your mind so you can obtain some much need quality rest.

Take a Social Media Time Out

Technology makes our lives easier, so long as we also catch a break from it, and don’t let it detract from spending quality time with those we love and cherish. People can be different online, often portraying their lives in a certain way. On one hand this connects us to each other, on the other it can be a little unrealistic, and have an impact upon our own expectations of self. So just be mindful of this, and catch a social media break every now and then so see if that has a positive effect on your stress levels.

Spend Time in Nature

Walking on cement, with buildings looming above you most days, doesn’t have the same effects as being in nature. Spending time in a natural setting can improve your mood, relieve symptoms of stress, and increase your overall mental health. And you don’t have to do this for very long to feel its effects either. Just ten or fifteen minutes in a natural area can make a difference. So, the next time you’re stressed, head down to your local park and soak in the sights and sounds. Your mood and your day will be much better for it. At the very least, have a couple of plants sitting on your desk!

Spend Time with Loved Ones

There is no substitute for family and friends who love you and support you. With the busyness of life, it can be too easy to simply not catch up often enough, and before you know it, another year has gone by! Think about who lifts you up, who inspires you, who makes you feel good about yourself. Scheduling these people into your calendar is important if it’s going to ever happen. Even if this means you have an online Skype date over dinner, or a coffee during a lunch break, once these events are in your calendar, treat them like an important meeting that you cannot cancel.

Spend Time with a Furry Friend

Spending time with an animal, feeding it, stroking it and playing with it, can offer incredible stress relief. Something about their simple, straightforward needs and affection can lower your blood pressure and improve your overall mental health as well. In fact, pet therapy is so effective at improving mental health that it’s becoming a common element in clinical settings including hospitals and aged care homes. It doesn’t have to be your pet either. Borrowing a dog from a friend or neighbour, or volunteering some time at your local pet rescue can have exactly the same effects as owning your own animal without the long term commitment.

Ask for Help

If you’re really struggling, and nothing seems to help, don’t be afraid to seek assistance. There are a range of allied health providers right here at Becon Health that will be able to assist you. Everyone needs help at some point in their life – whether that’s to achieve a specific goal or reduce a symptom. A mental health social worker, counsellor or psychologist can offer an objective, knowledgeable viewpoint that can be absolutely invaluable when you’re stressed, and your mind is clouded.

Final Thoughts

It seems like everyone’s stressed today, due to life in general! But, we don’t have to remain in a stressed-out state. There are things we can take charge of to have a positive impact on our own mental wellbeing and health. Finding ways to relax are essential if you want to stay healthy and get the most out of life. To ensure you’re on track, or take your wellness to the next level, consider talking with a mental health professional.