We all experience the weight of the world at times, but you don’t have to keep it all on your shoulders. Let’s take a moment to assess what the cause is and how to relieve it. When the going gets tough, here is a list of helpful ways to keep your self calm, cool and collected, because after all, stress is a bad look on anyone.
1. Fuel your body with the right foods
When the body copes with stress, it needs food that will work with it, not against it. When the going gets rough, we can tend to eat “comfort food.”
Water is the answer to all stress and fatigue related problems. The more hydrated we are, the better our body will be able to become fueled. Water will help brian flow and memory.
Avocados contain monounsaturated fats that benefit brain function and blood flow. Better blood flow equals a highly functional brain. Since our brain is made up of mostly fatty tissue it is important for neurological function to eat healthy fast daily.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that stimulate blood flow to the brain, increasing memory and activity.
Nuts are a great source of vitamin E and contain essential oils and amino acids which aid focus. Grab a handful of nuts and you will notice an increased amount of energy and it will keep you full for longer, giving you the energy needed for the day.
Wild Caught Fatty Fish such as salmon contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is best eaten steamed or lightly grilled in order to preserve the integrity of the omega-3s.
Brain On Supplement is a great dietary supplement that promotes support for focus, clarity and balanced mood.
2. Read a good book
This will keep the mind at peace and focused.
Three great books to check out:
For the spiritual: The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
For the woman seeking a daily devotional: The Confident Woman Devotional: 365 Daily Inspirations by Joyce Meyer
For the creative: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
3. Sweat it out
Nothing helps like a good workout to get those endorphins flowing! Sweating is proven to improve overall mood and boost productivity.
Best stress relieving workouts:
Boxing- NYC: Rumble, Equinox, and Shadowbox | Nashville: Title Boxing Gym Green Hills and HotBox
Yoga- Laughing Lotus, Yoga 4 the People, and Golden Bridge
Dance- Vixen Workout, SexiFit, 365 NYC and Broadway Dance Center
4. Write it down
Writing down your thoughts can help you organize what is going on in your head. Let it out and keep it out and make room for clear thinking. When you can see your thoughts in front of you, you can start making a plan on how to fix them and take care of business.
Start a journal: write down what is happening in your life and how it makes you feel. Write down big goals and small steps on how to get there.
5. Power of Positive Thinking
The mind is a powerful thing. We can make things seem harder if we let it. Stress is as easy as the choices we make. By keeping a neutral perspective, we can make decisions that are separate from our emotions.
It is always important to step back, take a deep breath and remember the heard times will pass. Luckily, a positive mind will get us right back on track feeling stronger and better than before. Michael Singer writes that it is important to recognize how we feel during the hard times and observe from a distance to understand why we feel that way. Step back, assess and then step back in feeling better and revitalized.