We live in a stress-filled, on-the-go culture where hustling is glamorized and doing more isn’t valued, but rather expected by our coaches, bosses, family, etc. The outside pressures we experience from others is tremendous. But something unique to recognize is oftentimes this pressure isn’t exactly induced by others, but rather a figment of what we think we’re expected to do to measure up. To be as unstoppable as the rest. In all reality, many of us are so in our own heads that we don’t have the capacity to even pay attention to those around us, experiencing some of the same nervous anxieties.
In these instances, it’s important to remain aware of what we can and cannot control, and one thing we can control is how we choose to react and manage our own stress levels.
So what’s one to do when we’re in need of a good calm down?
- Stop, drop, and rollout of whatever it is you’re doing immediately — Too often, when we’re stressed, we want to dive even deeper into the overwhelm to relieve a bit of the to do list pressure. However, our mind’s tend to be so unfocused and flustered, that these are the times where we really need to practice some separation to better reprioritize.
- Take a walk — When we’re learning how to best disconnect, removing our eyes from technology and the tasks that are stressing us out, talking a breather in the great outdoors can reinvigorate the soul and help us come back to the situation more clear.
- Let yourself listen to your favorite song — Recent studies prove that music has an emotional effect on our mood, so allowing yourself to dive into an uplifting song can be a quick uplifter to put your mind back in the right direction.
- Drink water and nourish your body — Think about the foods you have (or haven’t) consumed that day. Are they nourishing your body and mind? Are they depleting you of the energy you so greatly crave and need to remain calm? Pour a tall glass of filtered water and eat a snack with some lean protein and good fats and you’ll be feeling fine in not time flat!
This article was contributed by Katie Corcoran a Health Coach and graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Click here to learn more about becoming a Health Coach yourself by taking a sample class from IIN’s incredible curriculum.