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Stress Management: Activities for Relaxing Your Mind and Body

Stress Management: Activities for Relaxing Your Mind and Body

If your day is filled with meeting work goals, rushing to eat and getting stuck in traffic, it’s natural to feel stressed out and ready to snap. However, don’t just make peace with your negative feelings! You can easily free your mind and body by introducing physical activity into your life. Here are a few exercises you can introduce to your life:

Go for a walk

Go for a walk

If your fitness isn’t very enviable, you can still get plenty of exercise as long as you build your endurance gradually. Starting a workout program can be very exciting, but jumping in head first can cause an injury which will cause more stress instead of relieving it. So, start gradually with around 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week (brisk walking is always a good idea). Once you start feeling stronger, you can push yourself further and combine walking with running and even incorporate some other type of training. Working on your fitness will relieve plenty of stress connected to health, aesthetic appearance and future.

Try running

Try running

While running requires you to be on a fairly good fitness level, it’s truly an amazing exercise that is beneficial for both body and mind. It does wonders for your lower body strength, fat burning and cardiovascular health. If you have good joints, the impact can help your bone density and strength. When it comes to relaxation, longer running sessions can trigger a surge of happy hormones and awaken something called “the runner’s high” which elevates mood, relieves pain and improves overall feelings of wellbeing.

Opt for yoga or tai chi

Opt for yoga or tai chi

These ancient arts are some of the most beloved techniques for relaxation, focus and flexibility. Both yoga and tai chi combine breathing with different postures and flowing movements that improve mental focus, slow down the mind and boost flexibility and balance. And your sessions can be as challenging or as relaxing as you want—they are easy to modify and adapt to different situations. There are excellent classes you can attend, but if you prefer privacy and peace, you can easily design your own yoga home studio and practice surrounded by comfort and relaxation.

Consider natural fitness training sessions

Consider natural fitness training sessions

If you love traditional workout circuits and dynamic exercises that will help you not only manage your stress but also control your weight, consider natural fitness training. If you want to improve your mobility, strength and stamina, you can sign up for a natural fitness method course that puts focus on movements. Most exercises use only your body weight, so you can easily perform your workouts wherever you are. Even if you have a good fitness regime in place, this sort of additional course can help you build your exercise vocabulary and add new moves into your fitness routine that tackle new muscles, develop new skills and boost focus and mindfulness. 

Go swimming or paddling

Go swimming or paddling

If you’re an outdoorsy person, this type of exercise will do plenty of good for you. Both swimming and stand up paddling strengthen muscles without too much impact on the joints (unlike running or similar activities). The rhythmic movements of your body and focus on breathing can be very relaxing and helpful when it comes to stress relief. Spending time surrounded by nature or emerged in water triggers deep feelings of relaxation and vitality.

Do mindful meditation

Do mindful meditation

If you prefer to free your mind and body in a very relaxing way that doesn’t involve any physical strain, try sitting comfortably and focusing your attention to the present moment. Let go of all worries connected to the future and past and stay in the present. Mindful meditation is especially beneficial for people who suffer from depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

Practice breath focus

Practice breath focus

This is a very simple yet powerful relaxation technique you can practice anywhere and anytime. Find a comfortable position, take long and deep breaths (so-called belly breaths) and focus your mind on breathing. As you practice this technique, your mind will slowly disengage from all thoughts and sensations. If religion and spirituality are important in your life, you can also silently repeat a short prayer or mantra while practicing your breath focus. Breathing exercises are great for people who suffer from people suffering from anxiety and depression, but especially those battling eating disorders since they help you see yourself in a better light.

No matter what kind of stress is plaguing your life, you can find solace in these exercises that will help you recover both physically and emotionally. Give them a try and notice how much healthier, stronger and more stable you feel.

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About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids. She’s also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live."

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About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids. She’s also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live."

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