De-stress

De-stress

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What can you do? Quick tips and resources to refer to!

Visualize
Known to many as “daydreaming,” undergoing the process of visualization is fun, motivating and exciting. The brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and fantasy, so you can close your eyes anytime and transport yourself to your dream life and surroundings. Visualize your goals and reap all the wonderful feelings that come with it. By doing so, you’ll be more motivated to take steps to achieve those goals.

Meditate:
As wonderful and exhilarating as visualization can be, it’s also very powerful and beneficial to meditate regularly. Allow all of your thoughts to fall away and focus only on your breathing for a period of up to 30 minutes. Studies now show that meditation not only reduces stress but actually thickens grey matter in the brain, leading to heightened working memory and improved critical decision-making skills.
 
Stop Multitasking
Most of us are chronic multitaskers and we don’t even know it! We’re obsessed with productivity to the point that we’re overdoing it and running ourselves down both mentally and physically. Studies prove that multitasking negatively impacts the functionality of working memory in older adults. So, whether at work or at home, start practicing doing one thing at a time and find yourself easing into a more peaceful (and overall more productive) state.
 
Journal
Journaling once a day, either when you wake up or before you go to sleep, is a transformative practice that allows you to get rid of any mental baggage and become more at ease with yourself and your circumstances. Journaling is also a great way to come up with solutions to your problems and creative ideas that inspire you.
 
Read
Remember way back to when you used to love curling up with a good book? Well, reading is an important part of your mental fitness. Diving into a book or a magazine, (even comics) is a fun activity that keeps you learning new things while also relaxing you. Some studies even show that you’ll be up to 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease if you read regularly.
 
Hobbies
Find things you enjoy doing and that bring balance to your life.  Make sure your hobby doesn’t cause you more stress, it needs to be free of pressure and deadlines while keeping your brain active.
 
Also try:
  • Relaxation apps 
  • Listen to soft relaxing music
  • Turn off your electronics before bed and read or write instead
  • Reduce your caffeine intake
  • Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night
  • Reduce your intake of proccessed foods
  • Exercise, go for a walk or run
  • Colour (adult colouring books) or draw or paint
  • Talk to a family member, friend or counselor
 
You can also call: your MFRC (Kim Elms, local: 1146 or 1170)
or Padre (Capt Tachie, Local:1266)