Stress Series: Destressing Your Mind and Body

For those days in life when your fourth cup of coffee has you completely wired, or when those deadlines and “to do” lists pile higher than you can bare, or when life take the reigns and snaps away your time to decompress – it could be time to introduce some serious stress relief into your routine. We all endure stress at some point during our lives, but it’s important to maintain a healthy level of stress so that it doesn’t overwhelm us and take charge. So the next time you feel that surge of negative energy, here are three great ways to help you can gain some relief.


This should be no surprise, as meditation has been one of the most recommended ways for conquering stress. Meditation simply requires you to sit in silence anywhere – from your bed to a secluded corner of the office – and focus your mind on the repetitive, soothing motion of your breathing so that your mind can have a break from all of those pesky thoughts. Try to carve out at least 5-15 minutes everyday to sit in silence so that you can calm your mind and get focused and ready for the day ahead.


You may think yoga is simply just the latest exercise fad, but yoga is in fact one of the best ways to decompress both your mind and body. Through focused movement, poses and stretching, your body and mind are able to release built up tension that provides clarity, calmness and rejuvenation. It truly is one of the best ways to gain some personal time for yourself where you can regroup, relax and stretch out that negative energy. No matter your age or fitness level, you can find relaxation and reward in yoga.


If yoga isn’t your thing, then opt for any form of exercise that does grab your attention. Exercising is a great way to release pent up stress by promoting oxygen and blood flow throughout the body. It also increases your brain’s level of feel-good endorphins.  By focusing on a repetitive motion or task, this can help to take your mind off of your worries and promote clarity and calmness.

Don’t let stress take the reigns over your life. Take charge of stress by integrating relief tactics that allow your body and mind to regroup, relax, and gain clarity so that you can take on each day stress-free.