Stressed? Try these 7 energy-boosting fixer-uppers
During stressful times most of us don’t know what to do to relax. The truth is if you’re stressed you can never think of a solution. What you should instead do is try to recharge and get back your energy, and then you will be ready to take on any problem.
Here is a list of things that will help you get back your energy and will get you ready to take on everything in your way!
Make a list of things you do that you enjoy and people you have in your life that always leave you feeling better than when you arrived. When the time comes and you feel drained, and you don’t know what to do, take a look at your list and go and do something you love or go and drink a cup of coffee with a friend.
#2 Counting 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Most people have heard that when you are angry you should count to 10 and walk away; well there is a counting technique that will help boost your energy level during stressful times. Start by naming 5 things you can smell, hear and touch and then 4 of each and then 3, 2 and finally 1; this will help you to reconnect with the here and now, and will stop you from overthinking something stressful.
The Japanese concept of “ikigai” (“a reason for being”) is what gets you out of bed in the morning. Make time to write three lists: a list of your values, a list of things you like to do and a list of things you are good at doing. The cross section is your “ikigai”. Ikigai is a way of helping you realise that there is more to life than money and fancy things, and that if you have a roof over your head and food in your stomach and a handful of people that love you, you have more than you will ever need.
#4 The “Ah-ha” moment
Sometimes, lying down with your head and neck supported by a pillow and breathing will help you to release stress. Here’s what you need to do. Breathe in and out through your mouth, saying “ah” as you breathe in for 3 counts, and “ha” as you breathe out for 1 count. Do this for at least 10 minutes and you will start to feel more relaxed.
#5 Go sober, sleep better
Sometimes when we feel stressed we think a night out and a few drinks will relax us and then we will feel better the next day. The better option might be to just relax at home and watch your favourite show or listen to some relaxing music and then go to bed early. If you think about it, would you rather wake up feeling fresh after a good night’s sleep or with a headache and still stressed?
Feeling stressed after work? Take a tennis ball and roll it around beneath your bare feet. You will basically be rolling away all the tension and you will feel better in no time. Do this for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Green juice is better for you than caffeine because the vegetables in the green juice are packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which will help boost your immune system. So instead of going for that cup of coffee, make yourself a green smoothie. All you will need is a handful of fresh kale, spinach, flat-leaf parsley and mint, 1 celery stick, ½ cucumber, a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger and the juice of a lemon. Blend it all together in a blender until smooth and enjoy.
Just because we’re in a
Situation doesn’t mean that we have to get stressed out.
You may be in a storm. The key is, don’t let the storm get in you.
Words: Natassha Burrell