30 Stress-free Ways to Detoxify Your Mind
It’s about time we manage the good, the bad and the ugly stress that may be weighing us down. The first step to finding balance is to identify your stressors and recognize the triggers. Part of the mind detoxification process includes focusing on positive energy and promoting calmness. Here are 30 easy tips to help you stay on the vibrant path to living a stress-free, balanced lifestyle. Starting now.
But first, let’s look at the two different kinds of stress.
Good Stress vs Bad Stress
There’s good stress (then there’s bad stress). It’s important to know and understand the differences so you can manage the way you react to the two. Some stress can be exciting and healthy; giving you focus – think about the last time you stood in front of a room of people to speak, perhaps took a new fitness class, or went on a date. In small doses, this kind of stress can be motivating and even boost memory. Stress is also a vital warning system, producing fight-or-flight responses that could even save your life in the event of an emergency. When your brain perceives that kind of stress, it produces chemicals (epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol) that flood your body causing a variety of reactions such as an increase in blood pressure and heart rate.
Various studies show that some stress (key word being “some”) can actually help strengthen the immune system. So, go ahead and sign up for that new class you’ve been too nervous to try!
Then, there’s the type of stress that’s harmful. This bad stress can cause mental, physical and emotional problems resulting in digestive issues, heart disease, depression, and other complications. But it’s all in how we cope with it – by reaching for a beer or heading to the gym with your LizzyJays Juice in hand? These decisions play a huge role in the impact that stress has on our bodies.
Ignite Your Vibrant Lifestyle
Glow from the inside with such vibrancy – our joy, inner peace, healthiness, motivation and happiness – that you ignite a positive reaction in all those around you. Practice these 30 stress-free ways to detoxify your mind and destress today:
1.Use mantras- “Breathe in peace. Breathe out love.” “I feel grateful for __________ (fill in the blank).” “In every moment, peace is a choice.”
2.Volunteer- Do something good for others to help you focus on positive actions and eliminate negative thoughts.
3.Smile- Smiling forces you to indulge in your own sense of humor.
4.Take a deep breath- When you give your body fresh air, exercise your internal organs, your entire system benefits.
5.Indulge in physical contact- Studies show that physical contact, including massage, can reduce stress. So go ahead and hold hands, hug or kiss your loved ones.
6.Turn off the TV- Free your mind of all the clutter, chatter and useless information buzzing on TV. You’ll benefit from the extra time and enjoy the silence.
7.Get outdoors- Head outside, yes even in the winter, to connect with nature and enjoy fresh air.
8.Open the window- Let in natural elements (as long as you’re not prone to allergies) by opening a window, even it’s raining! Breathing in fresh air has a calming effect.
9.Visit friends and family- They know you best, so lean on them for help. Your social network (and we’re talking about literal face-time here) can give you a fresh perspective while keeping connections strong.
10.Drink water- Flush out your system by drinking lots of lemon water.
11.Clear out your inbox- Regularly organizing your emails by deleting and filing them will help you stay focused and declutter your mind.
12.Make lists- Encourage productivity and calm your mind by making some to-do lists.
13.Be flexible- We’re not talking about yoga here. Stop being so stubborn and go with the flow to keep stress levels down.
14.Take a nap- A power nap can give you a shot of physical and mental energy. The sleep experts in the article say a 10-to-20-minute power nap gives you the best “bang for your buck.”
15.Eat your way to Zen- Studies show that certain foods can help contribute to a healthy mental state and buffer against the harmful effects of stress. Try asparagus (high in vitamin B), avocados (rich in glutathione and folate), berries and oranges (loaded with vitamin C), and walnuts (rich in omega-3 fatty acids).
16.Let it go- Storing up bad emotions is toxic for your mind and body. Allow yourself to react in a healthy way; whether that’s heading out for a walk, strapping on your punching gloves or even just cry it out.
17.Aromatherapy- Calming in nature, fragrant lavender oil removes nervous exhaustion and helps with treating migraines. Organic lavender oil is also great for digestion, sleep and pain relief. Try putting two drops of lavender on your wrists in the morning to support the adrenals.
18.Schedule “me-time”- Don’t wait until you have a free block of time to do something for yourself. Schedule it in your calendar ahead of time and don’t cancel.
19.Exercise- Exercise in pretty much any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and tune out daily worries. Be sure to pick something that you enjoy.
20.Stretch- Even if you don’t have enough time to do a full workout, stretch to keep your blood flowing; even at work.
21.Dry skin brushing- Stimulate the lymph system and give your body a detoxifying boost with dry brushing.
22.Epsom salt bath- When Epsom salt is dissolved in warm water, it is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. Magnesium helps to produce serotonin, our brain’s chill-out, mood-elevating chemical, creating a feeling of relaxation.
23.Practice gratitude- Take a few minutes each morning or evening to focus on what’s good in your life.
24.Be still- Mindfulness meditation is one of the best tools to counteracting stress. Practice for as little as 10 minutes a day to help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation.
25.Sleep- Restful and restorative sleep is essential to approaching stressful situations more calmly.
26.Go on vacation- Plan a get-away to give you something to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be a European tour, you could explore near home with a “staycation.”
27.Listen to some tunes- Much research has shown how music can help reduce stress and even assist in treating stress associated with medical procedures.
28.Draw- Art therapy can help reduce stress related symptoms. No wonder the adult coloring books have become so popular!
29.Count backward- When you start feeling worried, try slowly counting to 10 and then back again to calm down.
30.Cleanse- Cleansing promotes a healthy pH balance in the body. Since toxicity and disease thrives in an acidic environment, it’s great for your health and immunity to absorb the nutrients from alkalizing green juice. On the other hand, when our bodies are stressed, a lack of nutrients and an unhealthy lifestyle will only aggravate the body further. So when you juice for stress, you give your body a natural way to fight back when the stress hormone, cortisol, starts to take over.
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