Life is a constant onslaught of challenges and responsibilities, change and stress. It's entirely natural to feel overwhelmed every now and then, we all go through moments of feeling bombarded by more than we feel we can handle or feeling as though we're being pulled so hard in every direction that we just might break.
It's during these moments of pressure that we realise the importance of keeping our mind and body grounded so we can avoid reaching the point of feeling completely overwhelmed. Preventing the downward spiral can be done by incorporating some simple habits into your daily life that will assist you to keep your mind and body grounded.
Ways To Keep Your Mind Grounded
Breathing techniques can have a massive impact on lowering your stress levels. By simply slowing your breathing down and increasing the depth of your breaths to your abdomen instead of your chest, you'll find an almost immediate sense of calm wash over you.
Keep Your Self Talk In Check
When stress kicks in, so does negative self talk. Keep it in check by maintaining awareness of what your inner voice is saying. Reduce your self-doubt and negativity with more encouraging messages. Remember your past victories and cheer yourself on.
A few minutes of quiet mindfulness each day does wonders for helping you live in the present moment. Find a quiet place and practice letting go of your thoughts and switching off your mind.
Take It Slow
Rushing does you no good at all and only increases your stress, so make a conscious decision to slow yourself down. Prioritise, focus on one thing at a time, don't pressure yourself and just work at a slow and steady pace through the tasks in front of you.
When the going gets tough, the resilient get positive. Choose to maintain a positive and upbeat attitude, no matter what life throws your way.
Express a little gratitude to maintain a sense of inner peace. Be thankful for the positive things in your life and search for the silver lining in every dark cloud you come across.
Have A Little Faith
Whether you're religious or not, being in touch with your spirituality can help keep your mind grounded. You might spend some time contemplating life and its purpose or you might active participate in prayer, practice your faith however you see fit.
Be Kind To Yourself
Be gentle with yourself when the going gets tough. Let go of any negativity you're holding in and soothe yourself with some relaxation or pampering.
Connect With Others
Connect with people who lift you up and calm you down. Surrounding yourself with an understanding, supportive and loving environment will help to keep you grounded in even the most difficult of times.
Do Something Meaningful
Make a habit of doing something meaningful. Whether it's giving back to the community, helping a stranger or simply supporting a loved one to help them achieve their dreams, find a way to find fulfilment in the things you do.
Ways To Keep Your Body Grounded
We are what we eat, so choose to be healthy. Give your body the gift of a balanced diet jam packed with fresh fruits and vegetables, natural whole foods, lean proteins and healthy fats. Nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy will not just impact your body in a positive way, it will also improve your mood.
Get active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least 3 times a week to help keep your mind clear and your body healthy. If you're new to exercise, starting off slow with a gentle walk is a great idea to kick start your new routine.
Get Enough Rest
If you want to keep your body in tip top shape, you need to give it adequate rest. Sleep gives your body the chance to heal and restore itself, and is just as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise. Quality is far more important that quantity when it comes to sleep. Restless nights don't help your body rejuvenate adequately enough, no matter how many hours you spend in bed. Switch off before bed, ensure your bedroom is dark and quiet, and give yourself the best chance at a truly restful nights sleep.
Many of us have developed some kind of unhealthy reaction to stress at some time or another. If you find yourself lighting up a cigarette, drowning your stress in a bottle of liquor or upping your caffeine intake to help lower your stress, think again. Although you might think these vices aid you with stress management, you could be headed down the unhealthy path of dependency. Limit your consumption of irritants that could cause adverse effects to your health.
Our body has the unfortunate ability to hold onto stress and transform it into aches, pains, muscle tension and increased blood pressure, just to name a few. It's important that we maintain a sense of balance within our bodies and there's two ways in which we can do that. Regular stretching is a great way to feel an immediate release of stress and improving your posture will reduce the amount of stress that will manifest in your body.
The choices we make every day can have a massive impact on how we effectively manage the stress in our lives. By developing healthy habits that encourage more inner peace and harmony in our lives, we're better able to handle anything that life throws at us. Introduce a few simple strategies into your daily routine and watch your happiness and productivity increase.