10 Ways to De-stress - Part I: Morning Rituals
Welcome to our three part wellness series! Here at uncommon sense we get it, your plate is pretty full. Your juggling all sorts of tasks and activities, some are fun and some are less than - trust Us, we can relate! When things get hectic, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself - body, mind, and spirit. So let’s dive in with some helpful tips from fitness guru, athlete, and all-around good egg Amanda Edell:
When unexpected changes occur in our lives, it’s common for our bodies to respond with physical and mental stress. This isn’t always easy to navigate, and can cause serious repercussions. It’s important to find ways to re-channel this energy into a positive, motivating, force.
Start your day off on the right side of the bed with these three morning rituals:
GET INTO THE HABIT OF NOT CHECKING YOUR PHONE WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR OF WAKING UP
This one may seem insignificant, but taking time for your brain to focus in the morning without chatter and noise from the outside world is important and allows you to se the tone for the rest of your day. Try starting off by not checking your phone for at least the first thirty minutes upon waking up and then build from there. Use this time to focus on you - set intentions, take a few minutes to stretch, walk the dog, make your coffee, read, breath, or whatever else you need. taking this time without any outside distractions can help with overall productivity and happiness.
HAVE A PHYSICAL OUTLET
Being physically active is so important when it comes to managing stress effectively. It doesn’t need to be a hardcore regimented workout schedule, if you hate going to the gym, don’t go, but ensuring you are making movement a part of your daily routine will significantly help. Those natural endorphins people talk about are a real thing and are very powerful. Whether you go for a walk, run, do a weight training workout, or just dance around like a wild woman to your favorite 80’s hair band, being active can change your mood and body chemistry significantly. Try enlisting a friend to be a workout buddy so you can help keep each other motivated and get some quality bestie time in.
You’ve heard of it - maybe you’ve tried it, maybe you haven’t.
Here’s the thing about meditation: you can’t fail if you just try! The secret is to simply close your eyes and become present to where you are NOW. The point is to distract your mind (sometimes by repeating a mantra, or focusing on your breathe) and bring a new level of awareness, help to realign, ground, and center yourself. When we become more present, even if only for 5 minutes, our stress levels naturally decrease, our heart rates drop, and our brains create new connections that might not have otherwise been there. Meditation is a game changer and luckily there is no right or wrong way to do it. If you’re curious about it, downloading an app such as Simple Habit and trying a guided meditation might be a great place to start.
Make sure to check back in for Part II where Amanda will give tips to tackle those mid-day stresses!
Athlete and entrepreneur behind Body by Amanda, Amanda is a freelance writer, online personal trainer and nutritionist who resides in New York City. She’s certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and specializes in weight loss, pre and post natal fitness, and reverse dieting. She has over 11 years of health & fitness experience. To get to know Amanda, check out her personal blog and give her a follow on insta.