When you try to give up these habits… which ones are the best to give up or replace? Often, replacing a habit with another habit can be a great way to help you quit the first one.
For example, those individuals who smoke may want to replace smoking cigarettes with vaping. This is less harmful and provides them with something to do instead of lighting up a cigarette. Others prefer to swap harmful habits for good ones like deciding to start exercising to give them something else to do.
Regular exercise is one of the best lifestyle habits that you can have when it comes to improving your mental health. It helps you keep your stress levels under control. Taking part in physical activities such as walking, running, cycling, and swimming can boost physical fitness, improve strength, and increase self-esteem. Exercising itself releases feel-good chemicals in the brain and has been clinically proven to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
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When it comes to combatting stress, meditation is a great habit to take up and integrate into your lifestyle. For centuries, meditation has been used to help people find the positive energy inside themselves. It also helps one to feel more connected and at peace with the world around them. Those who meditate regularly find that stressful situations no longer overwhelm them as much.
Whether you are spiritual or not, there is no doubt that mindfulness meditation can help you feel more relaxed and in control. Even the act of taking the time to sit in silence and collect your thoughts can help to reduce stress. Meditation requires you to breathe deeply, which will oxygenate your brain and give you more energy. Mindfulness meditation can be done anywhere and at any time. It is like your portable stress reliever. You can also use a range of essential oils or music to aid you during your meditation sessions. This is what I do!
Getting creative can be one of the best ways to deal with stress. The best part is you don’t have to be an artist in order to be successful. There have been many studies which directly link using the creative side of your brain to reduce stress. There are many adult coloring books that have been used to lower stress. I have even used them myself and I love it! The simple act of coloring in pictures, or perhaps doing something creative such as baking, cooking, needlework or even DIY projects, can be very therapeutic. Having some distractions from your thoughts and focusing on something else is another stress reliever in and of itself as well. So, if you’re feeling stressed out, it might be time to take up a new creative hobby.
Friends and Family
People who are mentally strong do not dissociate themselves from those who are closest to them. When you’re feeling stressed out, it can be easy to try and hide your stress levels from your family members and close friends. It’s only natural as you do not want to worry them. However, knowing when to ask for support and having the best people around you to offer that, can be very important if you want to effectively manage your stress. Having somebody to talk to and confide in about whatever is stressing you out can help you by giving you an outsider’s perspective. This will allow your own thoughts to be put into better perspective. Along with that, having people to turn to can stop you from putting too much pressure on yourself. This will give you more time to relax and keep on top of your mental health.
These are just some of the many different lifestyle habits that can help you to relieve stress in your life. Definitely try some of these ways out and let me know in the comments below how they have helped you!
Stay on the lookout for another installment of Eating Your Way To Calm.
To your health,
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