The goal isn’t to eliminate stress (that would be impossible) but rather to reduce it where possible and take time to recover from the stressors of daily life.
Here are some tips to get you started.
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” — Etty Hillesum
When life gets busy, there can be a snowball effect. Busyness begets busyness. And if we don’t take some time every day to interrupt the “snowball” from rolling, it gets bigger, faster, and harder to stop, leading to burning out or, to keep with the snowball analogy, crashing into a wall. This is prevented by regularly and intentionally pausing and taking time for yourself (even just a minute).
Regularly acknowledge how much you do and how much that requires of your body, mind, and heart. Deepening our awareness of how stress impacts our wellbeing can motivate us to interrupt the stress cycle and prioritise rejuvenation.
Time is a limited and precious resource, so we feel best when we spend it wisely. Boundaries support us to choose meaningful priorities and let go of the things that don’t provide nourishment. To create a boundary that supports you, start with a value you have; from there, determine what you need to make that value possible and then determine how you can honour that need.
The tricky thing about stress is that it impacts the body’s ability to effectively do its job. For example, you might choose to eat a healthy lunch, but if you’re eating it while stressed (perhaps feeling like you don’t have time to eat and that you should be working), the body won’t be able to digest and absorb all of the amazing nutrients that you consumed.
Recommended tools in the UrbanYogi app for relieving stress:
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UrbanYogi is a meditation and sleep app that brings the learnings from top experts in the form of 10-minutes personalised daily plan and a human personal coach. The reality is – everyone loves being stress-free and happy, but no one knows the secret. UrbanYogi brings you the answer and makes it super easy and rewarding.