If you feel like the stressors in your life are getting the better of you, take heart, you’re not alone. Stress is a growing problem in today’s hectic, fast-paced world. Excessive stress can impact on your wellbeing, so here are some tips to help find the Zen Buddhist monk inside you.
Be 'in the moment'
This may sound a little hippie-ish, but bear with me. There's a saying that 'life is what happens to us while we're making other plans'. Sometimes in the race to get things done we lose sight of the bigger picture. Remind yourself to slow down. Focus on your senses and observe and enjoy the things around you.
Catch some zzZZZZs
In the battle to fit more into our increasingly busy lifestyles, sleep is often the big loser. Not getting enough shut eye can make you cranky and stressed. Aim to get at least 8 hours sleep a night and you’ll be feeling fine!
Bend someone's ear
If you’re feeling stressed or down, sharing your troubles with a sympathetic listener can work wonders. Having a good social network means you're less likely to bottle up and internalise your stressors.
Have a chuckle
The saying 'laughter is the best medicine' isn't far from the truth. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, hormones which make you feel happy. Seek out something that tickles your funny bone and have a good cackle (funny internet cat videos are highly recommended).
Have you ever heard of a runner's high? All forms of exercise (not just running) trigger a decrease in levels of the stress-hormones adrenaline and cortisol, and increase endorphins. Go for a walk, do some yoga, or dance to your favorite song – your mind and body will thank you!