You don’t have to wait until the weekend to let yourself unwind.
How Can I De-Stress, Declutter, & Unwind?
Time is flighty during a work week, especially when there are so many things to do. From assignments at work, to personal chores around the house, the to-do list of tasks can seem endless.
Even routines that appear so simple like grocery shopping and meal prepping can become tedious if we’re not mindful to take time throughout the day to de-stress. It doesn’t have to occupy a big chunk of your day, but finding little ways to de-stress is actually linked to many claims of better overall health.
If you want to stop dreading Mondays and start feeling more relaxed over the work week, here are five easy adjustments you can make that’ll promote a more stress-free lifestyle.
1) Turn Off Your Phone & Take a Break from Social Media
Sometimes in order to unwind, you have to unplug.
Technology is advancing at rapid speed and nowadays we’re more connected than ever.
You can have almost everything you want at the tips of your fingertips, from global information to contact with friends. A typical American is more or less constantly plugged in.
In a study published by American Psychological Association, it found that 43 percent of Americans are “constant checkers” of their smartphones: Social media, emails, text messages, etc.
“This attachment to devices and the constant use of technology is associated with high-stress levels for these [constant checkers] Americans,” the study said.
Allow for yourself to take a breather from the buzzing business of your smartphones and tune in with yourself instead.
2) Drink Some Natural Tea
Natural, herbal tea has been used for centuries to relieve stress. Natural teas like chamomile, peppermint, and green tea have certain properties in them that are linked with reduced anxiety.
Chamomile tea is known to relax the muscles, soothe irritability, and even help with problems of insomnia.
The peppermint in natural peppermint tea contains menthol. Menthol, in its natural form, is a natural muscle relaxant that can aid in calming your nerves.
Green tea has natural polyphenols. Polyphenols are found in many plant-based products and they’re great with pacifying stress. Green tea also contains caffeine, so consider having a glass of it in the afternoon, rather than right before bed.
3) Prep Your Meals Ahead of Time
In the early morning hours before work, getting everything put-together before running out the door can seem like a race against the clock.
You can save yourself a lot of hassle by simply meal prepping the night before, or even a few days before.
A little bit of prep can go a long way if you feel like you’re pressed for time.
It can be as easy as putting leftover dinner from the night before into a container to bring to lunch the next day.
To take the fuss out of adding more errands to your list, you can also opt to sign up for meal plan delivery. This way you know that you’re getting pre-portioned ingredients that are quality and that fit your dietary lifestyle.
4) Take a Short Walk in the Middle of the Day
Remember being a child and recess time was the best time? Give yourself that same pleasure by taking a short walk in the middle of the day.
“Through daily physicality and other lifestyle choices we have the power to make ourselves happier,” Christopher Bergland, author of The Athlete’s Way: Sweat and the Biology of Bliss said.
Giving yourself a break to step away from fluorescent lights, get some fresh air, and increase overall blood flow during your walk is linked to increased happiness and decreased stress.
5) Take Deep Breaths
This should be the easiest way to de-stress because you’ve been doing it your entire life: Breathe.
When you take deep breaths, the extra bit of oxygen aids your body in becoming less tense.
According to the American Institute of Stress, “to effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response.” One way to do this is to breathe deeply.
You can even do it at your desk at work, in your car, everywhere.
Breathing deeply can reduce blood pressure levels, relax your muscles, and slow your heartbeat to a calming rhythm.
Curious to learn more about our meal plans? Explore options that suit your taste buds, diet, and schedule.
Keep Calm and De-Stress On a Weekday
What little things do you like to do for yourself throughout the week to de-stress? Is there a ritual you do before bed to ensure a good night’s rest? What would you like to start doing during the workday to promote a stress-free week? Share your comments and questions with us below.