5 WAYS TO DECOMPRESS + DESTRESS

You may have noticed that the seasons are a'changing. With temperatures dropping (single digits!) multiple short weeks, which don't get me wrong - I'm all about the long weekends - can be a little stressful work wise. I am going to share 5 ways to reduce stress so you can slide into winter gracefully. Cold. But gracefully cold! 

First things first! We’re in transition people!

NOTE: Bare with me as I talk biology for a second…

When you think back to your high school biology science class, you may remember learning about animals going into hibernation, or caterpillars curling into cocoons, or even the change of vegetables with the seasons. In order for this to take place, transition needs to happen. Think about it. As the weather chills we start to think about nesting. Retreating into our natural habitats so that we can stay warm and not get sick. Think of your inner grizzly bear. 


IT'S COMPLETELY NATURAL SO GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK.

If you are feeling a bit funky or out of place these past few weeks, even if it’s simply adjusting to the on-off weather or the shorter, cooler days, give yourself a break. Your natural biorhythm and cycles are at work.

With all of our technology and fast past lives, it is really easy to forget that on a biological level we too move to the same rhythm of the seasons.  And sometimes we forget that.


5 TIPS TO REDUCE THAT STRESS!

If you are feeling in transition, bombarded with seasonal wrap-ups, yet experiencing a natural desire for something new (too soon for mulled wine?)…then you are probably experiencing the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn. It really isn't that strange to feel a little unsettled. Don’t resist it, embrace it. Here are 5 ways to reduce stress and prepare for change.

  1. START EATING FRESH VEGETABLES, DAILY.

    So this is the time of the year when your body will naturally start to crave warm stews and hearty soups (unless you’re a different hemisphere). Take a moment this week, be mindful and really tap into your craving alarm bells through out the day. Is it a warm veg soup  that you can't stop thinking about? What about hot drinks like warm chai - listen to your body - it will tell you exactly what you need.

  2. CLEAN YOUR CRAP.

    Seriously. Whatever your “crap” is, clean it up. And if it’s not your crap, feel free to ask for help. The small stuff, like an unswept hallway, overflowing drawers, piled laundry, or even crumb remnants in your refrigerator, can subconsciously drive your stress levels up the wall. Dive into the traditional “spring cleaning” mode and straighten it up. Note: Spring clean is not only for spring. If you are a procrastinator and let things get out of control then use the changing of the season's to pull you into line. And if your excuse is: “I don’t have time,” then perhaps you need to prioritise your time! A clean, organised life is often at the top of happiness lists!

  3. SWEAT IT OUT!

    This isn't complicated…just exercise. You will naturally boost your energy, fill up with happy hormones, and flush the days bad news straight out of your bones. You’ll feel so much better – almost instantly.  Walk, run, swim or join group sports - try to make your sweat time outdoors and boost your happiness levels even more!

  4. INCREASE YOUR SLEEP BY 30 MINUTES.

    Ah sleep - this is really the secret to everything. Sleep does wonderful things to your hormones, your ability to lose weight, your skin, and most noticeably your ATT-I-TUDE! So I suggest the whole 7-8 hour a night thing, or you can slowly work towards a goal to increase your nightly sleep by 30 minutes. Nail that and you can work towards more later.

  5. BREATHE DEEP REGULARLY.

    This doesn't have to mean meditation or chanting (although they have their scientific theories! Too much too soon though!)

    Remember that transition you are feeling – that tired, sluggish, “where is this year going?? Wasn't it just January... I haven't achieved a single resolution…I have so much stuff to do.... Ah, what am I doing with my life?!” feeling I mentioned at the beginning? Practice the art of deep breathing to ease you back down to reality that you are human, there are only 24 hours in a day, and you can figure “it” out (whatever “it” may be).

Try it now.

Deep breathe in…………
pause
now deep breath out……..
Repeat!