Conventional wisdom says that exercise and a healthy diet are the keys to well-being, yet even the most fanatical of fitness gurus struggle with stress, anxiety, and fatigue on a regular basis. That’s because self-care also requires peace of mind, which you can’t always get running at the park or lifting weights at the gym. Some adjustments to your life may be in order if you feel that your life is getting the best of you. Here are some suggestions to get started.
Get Enough Sleep
This could be the reason that you’re feeling down in the dumps. When you don’t get enough sleep, you forget things, lose your sex drive, have trouble concentrating, and increase your risk of falling sick, according to Healthline. In short, leading a happy life is impossible without it.
Luckily, there are a few simple hacks that could cure your nighttime tossing turning and help you get some rest. A noise machine generates a sound that is constant throughout the audible frequency range, drowning out all other sounds in the vicinity and keeping you free from distraction while you drift off. Soft pillows and a room void of any light will make that happen even faster, unless, of course, you’re stressed out.
Set Up a Relaxation Routine
You need to ready yourself for sleep by taking your mind off of the worries that have been building inside your head throughout the day. There are a number of ways to do this, some of which are healthier than others. Watching television is one of the most common activities before hitting the hay, but that could be a huge mistake, says a writer for Men’s Health, as the bright light stimulates the brain and delays the secretion of the sleep-inducing hormone serotonin.
The article recommends reading a book under dim light to lull yourself to sleep, though there are other hobbies that might do trick just as well or better. One of these is knitting, which has a meditative effect that calms your mind thanks to the repetitive motion of your hands. You can achieve something similar through adult coloring books.
Take Up Meditation
Nothing provides a greater meditative effect than meditation itself, of course. And it’s an essential addition to your daily regimen if you deal with anxiety on a regular basis. That’s because it returns the body to a calm state and eliminates the worries that cause the “fight or flight” response in your brain that has left you agitated and unable to relax to begin with.
Best yet, you can start your trip to tranquility with brief sessions lasting just five minutes a day. However, you’ll need a space free of distractions for that to work, a separate room in your home, or at least a quiet nook that affords you some privacy. Ideally, it includes a source of natural light and a touch of nature in the form of plants or flowers.
Put on Some Tunes
It’s not hard to let music work its magic. All you need is some speakers or headphones to get your groove on, whether you’re cooking, cleaning, or on your way to work. It never fails to put some spring in your step, and one writer at Psych Central says that it can even help you overcome regret or cool your rage. That’s how powerful it is.
You’ll get even more from music by learning to play an instrument. Numerous studies show that it reduces anxiety by lowering the level of cortisol in the bloodstream, not only helping you relax at the end of a long day but also improving your health overall as the stress hormone is responsible for an elevated risk of a number of disorders, including high blood pressure.
With new ways to relieve stress, relax your mind, and get to sleep, you’re sure to enjoy more peace of mind and overall well-being. But don’t forget your morning jog and five servings of fruits and vegetables a day — you still need that.
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