There is no denying that stress levels are high right now. In light of recent events, the most important message we can spread at this moment is to find as many ways as possible to stay positive. Today we’re sharing five easy ways to incorporate more joy and tranquility into our daily lives while we are practicing social distancing.
Looking after our mental and physical health is just as important in combatting the spread of illness. So, here are five easy ways to relieve stress and promote healthy habits while staying at home.
1. Cook Nourishing Foods
While you might find that stores are low on stock, doing your best to cook nourishing foods is a great way to promote good health. From adding in more plants, seeds, and whole grains in your meals, to spending mindful moments (maybe go phone-free!) enjoying your meals with your loved ones, both of these can promote wellbeing.
Need some cooking inspiration? Check out our newest cookbook, The Dizzy Cook. A few of author Alicia Wolf’s delicious recipes include Curried Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup, Mediterranean Pita Salad with Faux Tzatziki, and her famous Easy Meatballs; there is dish for every occasion!
Now more than ever, it is an important time to let go of the stress that is building up. If you’re an inexperienced journaler, try starting small. Make lists of goals you have, people you’re grateful for, or even books you want to read. Let the words flow naturally and use your journal as a distraction from the news headlines and bad news.
For more experienced journalers, try committing to a consistent journal practice: start with five minutes everyday and work your way up. Using your journal as an outlet or emotional dumping zone can feel like a weight is lifted off your chest. Don’t have a journal yet? Preorder our new vegan leather flexi-bound dot grid journals, which will be released on April 7th.
3. Watch FUNNY T.V.
As much as we encourage watching educational television, sometimes allowing yourself a good laugh is the most healthy thing you can do for yourself. Search your cable TV guide or a streaming service for a comedy or other uplifting story. Indulging in a good belly laugh can help you forget about the stress around you and help you disconnect for a few blissful minutes (or hours)!
Meditating has received a fair amount of publicity in recent years – and for good reason. Learning how to switch off and reflect inward (without distractions) is a proven way to combat emotional stress. Find a comfortable spot in your home, switch off all distractions, and pace one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest. Close your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose, counting up to five on the inhale. Pause at the top and slowly release on a five count or more. Repeat for as many times as you like, or set a gentle timer. Like journaling, you can form a habit by starting small. Commit to five minutes a day and work your way up
Find time in your day to move your body however feels good to you. Whether it’s taking a free yoga class from Youtube or going for a run or brisk walk near or around your house, moving your body can release endorphins, and has been shown to make us feel happier. Exercise helps relieve tension and improve clarity, both things that are important when we’re feeling overwhelmed. Be sure not to overdo it though, if you’re feeling crummy, use this time to do some gentle stretching or deep breathing.
Whether it’s cooking, yoga, vegging out with the TV, meditating, or taking time to write out how you’re feeling, remember that you’re not alone in this process. Call a friend, play happy music, and take care of yourself.
Looking for more? Check out our best tips on how to start a journal practice HERE And don’t forget to follow us on social media @westmarginpress so you can stay in the loop with everything we’ve got going on.