These 6 practices have been proven to reduce stress. I enjoy doing them daily and have seen huge results:
You may be wondering, how on earth could a person fit all of that into a day when you are already so busy; here is how:
Combine the practices
Add them to existing tasks
Schedule them into your day
Here are some very practical examples of what I do, and it works:
Time management – Cut out or reduce anything that doesn’t add value i.e.. reduce the time spent watching TV or being on social media, cut out toxic relationships.
Gratitude - Practice gratitude while eating supper i.e.. each person say 3 things they are grateful for that day. My 2 year old loves it. Upon waking up in the morning, instead of checking your phone first thing, say what you are grateful for i.e.. “being alive and healthy”.
Meditation and mindfulness – Practice mindfulness when you are doing something physical i.e.. when walking or running outdoors feel the air touch your skin, listen to the birds, feel the muscles that are being activated in your legs. Meditate and practice mindfulness with the kids. I will share specific mediations I do with my toddlers in a later post.
Learn something new - Listen to podcasts while you drive to and from work, listen to an audio book while you make lunches.
Physical activity – Go for a hike, walk or play with the kids.
Prayer - Pray with the kids before bed.
The key to these 6 practices is to find joy in them. Time management will allow you to fit the practices in your day. You don’t need to do all 6 to start, pick 1 or a couple that you know you will enjoy. When you feel ready, start doing them longer or adding another practice in your day. By incorporating these 6 practices into my life, I became happier, more focused, efficient, productive, patient, energized, and drastically reduced the stress in my life.