As the lazy days of summer roll on by, it is time to get focused! But before you get too stressed out from having too much to do, stop, take a breath and refocus!
When you find yourself getting a bit too stressed out, here are a few things to revitalize, rejuvenate and renew. Thanks WebMD!
Stressed? Climb the Stairs
When you're angry or stressed, it's easy to grab a candy bar, smoke a cigarette, or gulp another cup of coffee to cope. The ideal antidote? Exercise. Next time you're stressed out or riled up, climb a flight of stairs (or two) or go for a quick stroll – studies show even 10 minutes of exercise can provide a mental boost.
Walk Around the Block
You don't have to spend hours at the gym – even a little movement can get you in touch with your body and help you regain your energy. A simple walk around the block can clear your head, and exercises that involve a bit of meditation – such as yoga or tai chi – can help recharge both your body and your mind.
Eat More Fiber
Fiber can help you feel fuller faster so you eat less and lose weight. Getting enough fiber also keeps you regular and is good for your heart. So in addition to the health benefits, getting enough fiber can result in fewer things to be stressed about! The good news is that fiber comes in many tasty forms, from oatmeal and whole-grain breads and cereals to fruits such as apples, citrus, and strawberries, and vegetables.
Focus on the Present
Being aware of where you are and what is happening right now – some call it mindfulness – can help you relax instead of fretting over what's looming on the horizon. Let go of thoughts about the past or future, and focus on the present moment. How does the air feel against your skin? How does the pavement feel under your feet? If your mind wanders, just bring it back again to focus on the present.
Feed Your Head
Sometimes the answer to having a lot on your mind is to do something that takes your brain in a completely different direction. Stretch your mental boundaries by listening to a lecture on your iPod, doing a crossword puzzle, or joining a book club and checking out the latest best seller. Or take up a new hobby that keeps you active mentally and physically, whether it's gardening or hiking.