Life is certainly stressful. You wake up early in the morning, go to work or school (sometimes both), go to the gym, run errands, take kids to practices, and keep a house.
It’s exhausting, and sometimes you feel completely drained. Learning how to feel better both physically and mentally isn’t as hard as you think. Here are some tips to get you started.
Let it Go
Perhaps the worst thing you can do to yourself is worry. Stressing out over the little things – what you’re going to pick up for supper, whether your oldest did her homework, and whether you’ll finish that project for work on time – will have a tremendous impact on how you feel.
Science has shown that stress and worry raises your blood pressure and causes upset stomach, chest pain, and even trouble sleeping. Let go of your stress with guided imagery, meditation, yoga, or any other quiet, calming activity that takes your mind off of things for a while.
Get Enough Sleep
Nearly half of the population of North America says they don’t get enough sleep. While science and research shows that the average person needs eight to nine hours, most people are good to get five hours of uninterrupted snoozing. Your body recharges as you sleep, so you need to get enough.
Try eliminating caffeine at least six hours before you go to bed, put down the phone, turn off the TV, and consider a white noise machine if it’s hard for you to fall asleep when it’s too quiet.
Enjoy Some Fresh Air
Statistics show that the air inside your home is between two and five times more polluted than the air outside. Even if you live in a large industrial city, getting outside is crucial for your health. Doing so will help clean your lungs and bring more oxygen to all of the cells in your body.
The more oxygen in your lungs, the more toxins you exhale with every breath you take, and the better you feel in general. Aim to spend at least one hour outdoors each day, and you’ll undoubtedly notice the results in just a few days’ time.
You already know that exercise is good for you. It keeps your muscles healthy and strong, and it even improves and maintains the condition of your heart. However, exercise can do far more for you than that.
Multiple studies have shown that exercising releases endorphins, which are hormones that activate the opiate receptors in your brain, giving you a feeling of happiness.
If you’ve ever heard of a “runner’s high”, that’s the idea. Exercising and pushing your body to its limits is a great way to improve your mental condition as well as your physical prowess.
Learning how to feel better both mentally and physically isn’t difficult. It just involves making sure you’re taking care of yourself as much as possible.
Get outside and enjoy some fresh air, walk or jog in the park, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. All of these things can help you better cope with stress, which only adds to your overall wellbeing.