Be kind and unwind
Do you remember bringing back your movie rentals? There was always this very considerate sign that said, “be kind and rewind”. I think we need this reminder in our daily lives…”be kind and unwind”. Here are some easy steps to help you unwind when you feel bogged down, or it’s just a crazy day. These are my top 10 ways to de-‐ stress…
#1 Time out
( it always works for kids) take 5-‐10 mins for deep breathing ” time for yourself”
#2 Get outside
get some fresh air. Take a quick walk, or put your yoga mat on the patio or under a tree and do some light stretches…just breathe!
Sit on a park bench or on the grass and meditate. Or..just do 10 mins of deep breathing.
Laugh-‐laugh–laugh until your belly hurts. This may take the help of a funny friend, movie or comedy channel.
homemade bread, fresh basil, lavender, lemon, babies, puppies…whatever stimulates your sense of smell. Aromatherapy works!
#6 Walk a dog
Walk your own or borrow neighbour’s dogs
#7 Spend some time with a cat
Pets instantly lower stress and blood pressure (the SPCA have hundreds)
#8 Squeeze your muscles
Squeeze all the muscles in your face and body for 15 seconds, then release. Don’t forget to breath!
#9 Give thanks!
Always try to look for the positive in life. Thank the mailman! Thank the worker at your corner store. Tell them they’re doing a great job! It could make the difference in someone’s day. And when you go to bed at night, take a moment to think of 3 good things that happened to you that day. Give thanks!
#10. Just Breathe!