Adult life is not all cookies and cream. For most of us, the work-life balance seems dreadful to manage, especially when you add student loans and paying bills to the mix. The obligations of adult life can be overwhelming and stressful and can add to already existing anxiety and depression.
Relaxing is essential as an adult. It keeps us sane, but when we don’t relax and succumb to all the pressures around us, we slowly start to fall apart.
“Stress can disrupt sleep cycles, create negative mood patterns, zap your energy, and even cause you to store body fat. When you relax, and cortisol levels have a chance to normalize, you have a better chance to minimize the negative effects and improve your overall well being”
Stress, along with other Health discrepancies, are exceptionally high in underprivileged communities. The environment, lack of accessibility, and micro-aggressions all add to health issues, which is why unwinding cannot be put on the back burner.
So please take out the yoga mat cause we are about to dive into five ways you can implement relaxation techniques into your day
1. The Breath
Breathing is an essential tool to master. This restorative but straightforward activity can influence your whole body. Breathing is a way for your body to know it’s alive, so it’s crucial to reinforce proper breathing methods to help put less stress on the body.
This method is not for the fainthearted. Journaling takes practice and concentration. There is so much pent-up feeling waiting to be scribbled down on a piece of paper. Buy a cost-worthy journal so you can learn to enjoy writing down the depths of your feelings.
3. Clear your head
Our brains run 100 miles per hour, discerning thoughts about dinner plans, traveling, work, friends, etc. The moment you take a minute to just pause and give into the quietness, then you will feel more relaxed. Clearing the head can be done through meditations, affirmations, or even yoga.
Working out is a great stress reliever. If you are not into journaling, this is another way to get rid of any pent-up energy. The endorphins released in the brain help the muscles to relax.
5. Bedtime Routine
Don’t expect to get a good night’s sleep while you are just on social media. If you are trying to unwind before going to bed, using any technological item is not a good idea. Instead, read a book. It helps you fall asleep and is more entertaining than counting sheep. This stress reducer is the perfect way to get away from your struggles.
The transformation from adolescent to adult is a journey all of us must go through. And while it is different for everyone, I think we can all agree that there are many hard truths and losses. So much occurs in a person’s life, so it’s essential to make time for yourself.