You may be sitting there thinking, “float to decrease stress and relax…yeah right”. I thought the same thing too until I watched this video from my Acupuncturist. I’m always looking for fun new healthy things to share with my clients or go with my hubby on for date night. Watch this and comment below. I’d especially love to hear from someone who has done this.
So what did you think about float to decrease stress and relax. Dr. Mark definitely looked relaxed!
Lately I’ve been looking for more ways to relax. Running a business and teaching classes can take a toll on your body. Here are the top 7 things I do on a monthly basis to decrease stress and relax.
1. Night time routine.
Depending on the day and how tough my workouts were, I take an Epsom Salt bath. I also make sure that I don’t do ANY or open my laptop after 7pm. I’ve tried the whole no electronics after 7pm like some of my doctor friends suggest to do, but my hubby loves to watch tv before bed so that is our hangout time. Having this relaxing night time routine really has helped me to go to bed earlier and feel more rested in the morning.
2. Morning routine.
I used to jump out of bed and either go straight to the gym for AM cardio or turn on my laptop and start working. But over the past few months I’ve been really enjoying just getting ready for the day then cooking breakfast then enjoying some coffee with my hubby before he goes to school. So instead of training client or writing blogs at 5 or 6am, I’m starting to work a bit later and am enjoying going a bit slower in the morning. Now, this took a lot of practice to slow down, but I can definitely see that I’m not as stressed anymore.
I started going because I was having some health problems. At first it was tough to relax for the 30-45 minute while getting my treatment, but then I really began to enjoy this weekly Wednesday nap and acupuncture. Now, I go at least 2x per month and every time I leave the office I feel relaxed and rejuvenated. I go to Reproductive Wellness.
I teach yoga once a week, but it is tough to relax when you are watching your class to make sure that they are doing all the poses correctly. So I go 1-2 times per week to a relaxing yoga class. There are so many different types of yoga practices and instructors so if you are like me and are go go go all the time, Yoga Sculpt or Power Yoga is most likely not what your body needs to decease stress and relax. I go to Core Power Yoga.
5. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
You’ve got to pick your battles and not worry so much. Not sure where you are at with what you believe but over the past 2 years I committed to trusting God and that He would provide for all my needs. Before I said I trusted Him, but not really because I would try to do everything on my own. Since I started praying more and trusting that He has it all figured out so all I’ve got to do is listen and follow then making decisions became easier, my stress went down, and I started feeling more blessed. Last week at church there was a woman that shared about her life and what she overcame, it is inspiring that she has also got to experience life when you are trusting God.
6. Laying out at the pool.
Now, you may be living in a colder climate so maybe it is laying out at the park. Being outside, getting fresh air, or putting your feet in the sand is so relaxing. I notice a big difference when I do this at least once a week. Sometimes I will go with friends or go by myself to do my homework for a class I’m taking at church.
7. Don’t look at your phone till after breakfast or till you start work (if you own a business).
I used to get so stressed out when I’d wake up in the middle of the night and see text messages from friends or business partners trying to figure something out and kept blowing up my phone. So instead of sleeping, I’d start problem solving and helping them out and would have a tough time going back to sleep. So my hubby helped me to come up with the rule of no checking my phone or responding to text messages until I start my work day.
Wow, so I originally planned on just sharing this video, but ended up writing a whole blog post on how to decrease stress and relax. Comment below and share what you do.