Did you grow up hearing time and again "Just do your best"? You probably did, like most of us. It's a common expectation about many things in life, such as schoolwork, exams, giving a presentation at work or writing a report. It's taken as a given that we should do our best in pretty much everything we do. For perfectionists, this is a way of life, albeit a very stressful one that can lead to mental, physical and emotional ill-health. Striving to do our best all the time is exhausting and if we feel our best isn't good enough, it can have a terrible effect on our self-esteem and leave us feeling like a failure.
The workweek can get hectic and stressful. By the time Friday rolls in, it’s understandable why many people want to unwind and relax. Yet spending the entire weekend in the comfort of your pajamas doesn’t guarantee that you will reduce stress and make things more bearable next Monday. Try out one of these fun ways to make the most out of your time and recharge for a much better week ahead. Keep reading to learn what successful people do after the clock stops on Friday to rejuvenate themselves for what’s to come.
Did you know that approximately 110 million people lose their lives every year due to stress according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? That is 7 people every 2 seconds! Popping a chill pill and relaxing can be so difficult to do in this hectic and fast-paced world that we live in. As an introvert, I find myself getting easily stimulated and stressed out after a long day. There are times when I’m so on edge that I forget to consciously breathe. My unease was putting a strain on my happiness, and I didn’t want to be one of the 110 million people stressing themselves to death, literally. So, I set out to find natural and easy ways to relieve my constant battle with stress and overwhelm.
Is having perfectly stress-free holidays just a myth? Not so. Read on our four helpful tips that will help you plan your completely stress-free vacation.
There are a lot of things in our daily lives that can spike stress level up. A lot of this is due to the risk we face on many levels. We see risks at our jobs, in our personal relationships, at home, even on vacation at times. How can we relieve stress and feel good? What are some of the little ways we can take off of the table to help, in a compound way, take our stress down a few notches? Keep reading to find out.
There's something that I've noticed with the increasing regularity of late: The extent to which we allow other people's perceptions of us to affect our everyday experience. In other words, WE CARE WAY TOO MUCH WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK!
Being a student often means enduring high pressures. Lots of classes, information to process, homework, deadlines, and other challenges often lead to various mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, insomnia and so forth. Does it always have to be like that? Despite a common belief, studying can become a way of relaxation. There are plenty of scientifically proven techniques that make learning routine soothing and more fun.
The statistics around men’s mental health do not make for a good read. It is imperative that we do more to understand why this is the case and get good messages out because it may be lifesaving! Today on International Men’s Day I was honored to deliver a talk to some of the men of our community on good practices for male mental health. Let me add now that these practices are not specific to men, but as its International Men’s Day the opportunity to focus the delivery was taken!
How often fo you feel like you are unable to relax and unwind, even in your own home? You come back from work exhausted, and all you’re looking forward to is some peace and quiet, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening? This might mean that your house isn’t the green, peaceful oasis you need it to be. Luckily, there are ways you can change that to make it a place where you can truly relax and be at peace in your own home.
How do you handle unexpected 'surprises'? What do you do when life throws you a curveball? Let's face it, we ONLY have three choices when we are peppered with hardships: we advance, stay neutral, or we digress. Advancing is perhaps one of the most difficult choices, but also the most rewarding. Obstacles and hardships are normal. It is really tough to be in a situation where you have little or no control, especially if what is happening has a large impact on your life. The best thing to do is to embrace the things you have no control over.
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns – and sometimes tornadoes - that propel you into tiny split shards and broken pieces you never imagined you’d find yourself in. I've learned that pain is real, and so is hope.
If you’ve decided now is the perfect time to tackle your crippling fear and take a flight to a destination of your dreams (or are just looking for a way to survive a business flight you can’t get out of), here are our best tips to help you cope.
From a young age, we've been told to whenever we get frustrated or stressed to take a deep breath and calm down. Indeed, the slow inhale and exhale helped us release tension and relieve the stress that we were experiencing at that moment. What we didn't understand as kids, and what more researchers come to affirm, is that our breath is one of the powerful master keys into unlocking mental clarity and stillness of the mind. It is possible to breathe your way to inner calm and peace.
Is there a holistic way to reduce stress? Sure, there are numerous types of essential oils that can help you alleviate stress and anxiety. Essential oils are compounds obtained from the leaves, petals, roots, and bark of plants. They provide you with an excellent, natural way to alleviate stress. Here are the top five essential oils for stress relief.
A better sense of self-awareness brings its own reward. Swiftly shifting your attention to what you have accomplished in the past yeas awakens your CAN DO! attitude and gets you back in touch with your innate ability to make things happen in the year to come. But you need to prioritize self-care first.
What happens when you hit rock bottom? Rock bottom is emotionally, physically, mentally and financially draining place. Maybe your boss cut back your hours, or you lost your job completely and were out of work for a while. Perhaps you had “more month than money” left and needed to find a way to cover necessary expenses like groceries and gas. Or maybe you had some household emergency combined with unexpected car repairs and all of the kids needing braces at the same time.No matter what the reasons are, you recently tallied up all of your credit card debt and were shocked to see that you have maxed out just about all of your cards and owe tens of thousands of dollars.
Do you ever feel like you can’t relax and unwind, even in your own home? You come back from work exhausted and frustrated, and all you’re looking forward to is some peace and quiet, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening? This might mean that your house isn’t the green, peaceful oasis you need it to be. Luckily, there are ways you can change that to make it a place where you can truly relax and be at peace in your own home.
CBD has exploded in popularity because over the last decade, an ever-increasing number of people have started using CBD oil for anxiety and rapid stress relief. Anyone who has decided to give CBD a try will have discovered this. Unfortunately, many people are put off trying CBD because of the perceived complexity involved in finding the right product. Some of this is unavoidable, but it’s ultimately a good thing. So let's find out exactly how to identify top quality CBD products.
To take care of yourself properly, you need to start setting healthy boundaries. But how can you start to overcome feelings of intense guilt and begin to prioritize your own needs? Please, remember that setting healthy boundaries will be the most important self-care action you will ever make because practicing self-care also benefit those around you.