Is this your life?
You’re a mom with three kids, who are all involved in extracurricular activities, your husband is chair of the local rotary club and you are working almost full-time on your home-based business, managing everyone’s schedules and the household. Oh and you have a dog, cat, hamster, ferret, and potbelly pig.
Wow, what a whirlwind!
Let’s face it, we live in an incredible society that allows us to create the lives we truly want to live, careers, families, travel. Yet in the midst of creation is often chaos. As opportunities and commitments in our lives increase often, so too, does stress.
How is it that some people seem to be able to balance it all in this ever changing, fast paced society?
There are quick, simple ways to mitigate stress and increase happiness, which I believe everyone wants. I know I do.
Let’s take a look at a few of them:
1. Pink Himalayan Rock Salt In Water In the Morning
Ok, I know this is quite an interesting way to start off this list of tips. You are probably already forming an opinion in your mind that this will be some kind of new-aggie, jump on the lasted bandwagon list of tips, however this is truly a great way to start your day.
Mix ½ tsp Pink Himalayan Rock Salt in a large glass of water. Mix it the night before and put it beside your bed. Drink it when you first wake up.
The mixture helps to boost start your adrenals, which over the course of the day reduces adrenal stress. It energizes the body for up to 24 hours, stimulates the metabolism, flushes out heavy metals in the body and helps protein formation, nail and hair growth. It also helps boost concentration and regulate sleep.
2. 5, 10 or 15 Minute Meditation
Whether morning, noon or evening, a quick meditation or breathing exercise centres our energy and allows us to take a moment to focus in on what is really important, rather than all the little checklists and details we are trying to accomplish in our day.
Even 5 minutes of stopping, breathing and relaxing can have a momentous impact on our ability to bring more peace and calm into our mindset.
Set up a spot at home or find a comfortable and private area at work, where you can visit daily for a quick meditation or check-in with yourself.
Get off the bus two or three stops before your stop, or walk to get those few quick grocery items for dinner rather than driving. Trying to organize time to get together with a friend? Suggest a walk in the park or a yoga class followed by tea. Use 30 minutes of lunch hour to go for a walk or run.
There are lots of ways to incorporate even a little bit more exercise into our routines. Exercise helps increase our metabolic rate and the happy hormones in our bodies.
This is really important, and often as a caregiver, mother, father, partner, business owner, we give, give, give all day long and unless we take time to replenish we can be left feeling like our gas tank is on empty.
Take time to touch in with your outlet for spirituality, be it church, hiking in the mountains or going on a retreat in Sedona. Do it! Make time for the inner-scrubbing just like we make time for having a shower and brushing our teeth.
We often spend much of our day working, making an income, taking care of our needs, yet it is just as important to enjoy our lives and have fun!
Take time each week to do something you love. Read, paint, play the piano, knit, go for a hike with the family, go horseback riding, heck … enjoy yourself! And I mean take part in an activity you love, other than drinking a bottle of red wine on the couch while watching The Bachelorette.
6. Ask For an Affirmation
Feeling like you need a boost in self-worth? Ask someone you trust and love to tell you what they love and appreciate about you. Warm fuzzies boost our endorphins resulting in feelings of positivity and creativity. Sometimes we just need to be seen by someone we love.
Keep a note book with you or download an app for your iPad or smartphone, and in a moment of stress pull it out and take a few notes about what triggered the stress and what you may be feeling. Patterns will emerge over time and the source of your triggers will become apparent. Carl Jung said “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” From there you can begin to become an observer of your life and objectively stop unhelpful stories you may tell yourself in their tracks.
8. Ask for a Hug
This one is similar to # 6. Have you ever read the book The Five Love Languages? Author Gary Chapman writes that people express love in five ways; Physical touch, acts of service, gifts, words of affirmation and quality time.
The first one, physical touch can sometimes lack throughout our day. Feeling like boosting your love engine? Ask for a hug, a real long, lingering hug from your kids, your partner or your friend. The sensory stimulation can sometimes be all we need to melt any tension and help us feel relaxed in our own skin.
9. Eat Nuts
I have a friend who becomes extremely grumpy when she is hungry. I am sure you know someone like that, maybe it’s you!
Hunger can cause emotional fluctuations and perceived stress.
One way to avoid this is to carry a quick snack or simple protein such as Spiced Almonds in your purse. Throughout the day, when you feel the hunger urge arising, stop and have a handful of nuts.
This will keep your body’s sugar levels more steady, avoiding the spikes and dips, resulting in a more even-tempered day.
“A dream is a wish your heart makes” – When I was growing up this was the message Cinderella told my generation … Dream!
A dream is a wish your heart makes … FOR A REASON! It’s because there was a seed of longing placed in your heart. Nurture it, let it flourish and grow.
Make a game of it; at family dinner share a dream with each other, let it be outrageous. Encourage each other to go for your dreams.
Dreams and goals help us move closer to the lives we truly want and they give us hope and inspiration.
Above all … Be kind to yourself. If you are trying out any number of these tips be sure to do them with a mindset of kindness and gratitude. Our perspective can be the sole catalyst to the change we want to see!
Do you have a tip you want to share about how to reduce stress and increase happiness? Please do tell! Also let us know if you try any of these and how they are working for you.