Is it just us or does everyone else start to feel a bit frazzled at this time of year, between the work deadlines, social events, Christmas parties, New Year plans and everything in between, December has left us well and truly scattered!
With so much going on it can be difficult to stay focused and on top of it all.
To help you out this silly season, we have put together 5 simple tips to help you re-discover your Zen.
Start Your Day With 10 Minutes of Meditation
Often when we have so much going on our brains are constantly racing. We go to bed thinking about what we need to do and in the morning we wake up stressed as we mentally prepare ourselves for everything the day has instore. This can leave us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted before we have even started our day.
If you are someone who is constantly on the go, mediation is a great way to bring a sense of calm and peacefulness back to our lives. Starting your morning with stillness and silence (instead of stress and racing thoughts) allows our subconscious mind to focus, brings us back to the “now” and sets the tone for the entire day.
Write a To-Do List
The thought of all those meetings, deadlines, events etc. can be simply anxiety-inducing.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we know we have so much to do.
Writing a to-do-list, and breaking that list into smaller, more achievable tasks can help us feel more in control.
Seeing a clear outline of your completed and uncompleted task will help you feel more organised and mentally focused.
Staying hydrated can help reduce stress.
Not only does dehydration leave you feeling drained and fatigued, some studies have found that it can lead to higher cortisol levels – the stress hormone.
Drinking more water and keeping hydrated will keep your brain function at its best, making you better equipped to deal with everyday problems.
Get Some Fresh Air
It can be easy to get stuck inside our offices all day, not venturing far from our computer screens, which is why it is even more important to take mental breaks throughout the day and get some fresh air.
When you step foot outside, serotonin production increases. This “happy” hormone can significantly lighten your mood, relive stress and promote a sense of joy. Fresh air also equals more oxygen which in turn can help our brains function more effectively, bringing greatly clarity and improved concentration.
Practice Gratitude Everyday
Remember to be grateful every day.
Yes we all get stressed but it’s important to remember that nothing is guaranteed to us in this life.
Being grateful for the small things can help put things (such as stress) into perspective and increase positive emotions like happiness.