1. Drink water
We don’t need to remind you how crucial it is to stay hydrated all day long, so instead here are some tips to make drinking the healthy amount slightly less difficult to keep track of:
- Add some flavour- Why not try adding some of these tasty combinations to your next glass? Raspberry and cucumber, orange and blueberry or even mango, lime and mint
- Use a marked water bottle- challenge yourself to reach each marker before the time
- Feeling hot- suck on an ice cube to cool yourself down
- Drink a glass of water whilst you’re waiting for your coffee to brew or the kettle to boil
- Fill up several water bottles and leave them around your house
2. Breathe deeply
It is no secret that breathing deeply is a great aid in stress and anxiety relief, so here is a basic step-by-step guide for how to do it to get the best results:
- Get comfortable- You can lie on your back in bed or on the floor with a pillow under your head and knees. Or you can sit in a chair with your shoulders, head, and neck supported against the back of the chair
- Breathe in through your nose. Let your belly fill with air
- Breathe out through your nose
- Place one hand on your belly. Place the other hand on your chest
- As you breathe in, feel your belly rise. As you breathe out, feel your belly lower. The hand on your belly should move more than the one that’s on your chest
- Take three more full, deep breaths. Breathe fully into your belly as it rises and falls with your breath
Of course, there are many other famous techniques that use counting to achieve relaxation and peace of mind, all of which are easy to find online.
3. Stretch it out
- In order to be more present and in full mindful control, you can use various stretches to gently wake your soul up. There are countless examples, but here are some of our favourites:
- Yawn and stretch for ten seconds- Do this anytime your brain feels slightly overcrowded or out of control, try it now. Even if you had to do a fake yawn, did you notice how your thoughts were distracted for that brief period? That is because you were brought into the present. The best way to use this technique is to do it for ten seconds every hour.
- Clench your fists and breathe through your fingers- in order to do this, position your fingers and thumbs facing down. Now clench your fist tightly. Turn your hand over so your fingers and thumbs are facing up and breathe into your fist. Make sure you pay extra attention to what happens.
- Stand up and breathe. Feel your connection to the earth.
- Tune in to your body. Lower your gaze. Scan your body and notice physical sensations or emotions. Discharge any unpleasant sensations, emotions or feelings on the out breath. Notice any pleasant ones and let them fill you up on the in breath.
- Observe. Lift your eyes and take in your surroundings. Observe something in your environment that is pleasant and be grateful for it and its beauty.
- Possibility. Ask yourself what is possible or what is new or what is a forward step.
4. Shut off all but critical notifications on your phone
We all now how much we depend and cling to our mobiles, but ask yourself, do you really need to know the second you’ve levelled up on a game? No, you don’t really, do you? If you just reduce the number of apps that can notify you, you’ll drastically reduce your screen time and feel far better for spending less time staring at a screen. Restricting your notifications can be easily done in your settings app.
5. Take a walk- preferably in nature
We all know how lovely taking a walk can be, it serves to clear the mind as well as an excellent exercising technique. So why not include at least one in your daily routine as an unmoveable fixture? If you can get to an area surrounded by nature, even better- make sure to breathe as deep as you possibly can and allow your senses to be overwhelmed by everything around you.
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