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Chronic stress can seriously affect our physical and mental health, so finding effective ways to manage it is important. In today’s podcast, We'll share some practical strategies for reducing stress and increasing relaxation in your daily life.
Welcome to Conversations with Hicunni, the podcast that understands how challenging it can be to prioritize your health and well-being when juggling work, family, and a never-ending to-do list. We know that when life gets busy, self-care can quickly fall by the wayside - but it doesn't have to.
So today we are continuing our series on Finding Time for Wellness: The Busy Person's Guide to Thriving, Not Just Surviving.
In this episode, episode 174, we are going to focus on Stress Management.
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Here are some practical strategies that can help reduce stress and increase relaxation:
Exercise regularly with mindfulness: Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and release endorphins, which are natural mood-boosters. Combine your physical exercise with mindfulness, by being fully present in the moment and focusing on your breathing and sensations during your workout.
Practice mindful eating: Paying attention to your food and eating mindfully can help you reduce stress and improve your relationship with food. Eat slowly, savor each bite, and pay attention to the taste, texture, and smell of your food.
Adopt a growth mindset: A growth mindset is the belief that your abilities and intelligence can be developed through hard work, dedication, and persistence. This mindset can help you approach challenges with resilience and reduce stress levels.
Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can increase stress levels and decrease your ability to cope with stress. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and practice good sleep hygiene habits like avoiding screens before bed.
Stay organized: Being disorganized can increase stress levels. Try to stay organized by keeping a schedule, prioritizing tasks, and keeping your living and working spaces tidy.
Connect with others: Social support can help reduce stress levels. Spend time with friends and family, join a social group, or seek support from a counselor or therapist.
Practice self-care with mindfulness: Take time to do things you enjoy, such as reading a book, taking a bath, or listening to music. Engage in these activities mindfully by focusing on the present moment and fully immersing yourself in the experience.
Remember, everyone copes with stress differently, so it's important to find what works best for you. Try incorporating these strategies into your daily routine, and see how they can help you manage stress more effectively.
Resources mentioned on the podcast episode:)
Here's a quick deep breathing exercise that you can do anytime, anywhere to help manage stress:
Find a comfortable and quiet place to sit or stand. You can close your eyes or keep them open, whichever feels more comfortable for you.
Take a deep breath in through your nose for a count of 4. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and fill with air.
Hold your breath for a count of 2.
Slowly exhale through your mouth for a count of 6. As you exhale, feel your belly deflate and the tension leaving your body.
Repeat steps 2-4 for a few more cycles, taking slow and deep breaths, and focusing on the sensation of the air moving in and out of your body.
This exercise can help slow down your heart rate, reduce tension in your muscles, and calm your mind, making you feel more relaxed and centered. You can practice this exercise whenever you feel stressed or overwhelmed, or as a regular part of your daily self-care routine.
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