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10 ways to mentally refresh after a stressful day


Mug on the window sill
Relax with a cup of tea

Having a stressful day?
As if living in the country is not hard enough, you’ve been out working all day and you’ve had to keep up with various work demands, meet many targets, and more. Yet, you're still saddled with the hassles of life as you go through your daily journey. Man, woman, and even children alike are not spared from the storm we call our country.

As a human-being with or without responsibilities, we owe it to ourselves to keep body and soul together. And after a hard day's work, the only thing you should think of is how to sit back and cross those legs while sipping on a glass of your favorite drink.
So much for having ME TIME!
If only people worried about their mental health just as much as their physical health, the world would be a better place. Oh well, that's life for you.
So before we reach the brink of collapse, we need to ask; how do you keep your mind sane and protected against the harsh effects of the daily compulsion to stay active and productive?

PHONE BREAK

Ok. So we get it. Mobile phones are an important part of our lives and quite frankly you've become quite inseparable from them. But in the end, you might have to learn to give it a little bit of space before that relationship becomes toxic.
Studies have shown that people who spend too much time on the phone may experience one or more of the following symptoms;
So, if you want to mentally refresh in this present world, your phone is one of the triggers you want to avoid apart from suffering from eye strain, neck pain, and in some cases, accidents while driving.

TAKE A STROLL

I can bet you that this is the last thing on your mind after a tiresome day. But nature has a funny way of always catching up on you and reminding you to always take the path of most resistance. It pays off at the end of the day. So contrary to what you may think, taking a walk has a way of actually reducing stress. other benefits include
  • heart health
  • mood upliftment
  • strengthens the body
  • boosts immune system
  • helps extend your life and
  • makes you feel good
But if exercising is not part of your plans, consider taking a stroll and burning a few calories while at it. Great news if you want to lose some weight.

SLOW-PACED MUSIC

Slow-paced music has a way of calming the nerves. In short, they are therapeutic and go a long way to help relieve stress. This kind of music brings the mind to a state of mindfulness that has an eventual effect of stress relief.

Gratitude journal. Count your blessings

GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Perhaps you’re so beclouded by the things not yet done and yet-to-be-smashed goals and it is making you feel like you are not making much progress, then you should get a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is a book that pushes you to see through seemingly hard situations to bring yourself to an awareness of good things happening in the background. It helps you appreciate small wins. And definitely, it is a good source of personal motivation.

LOVED ONES

Everyone literally goes through a form of stress daily. But this does not mean family and friends would ever get too busy to create time for you. Most times, it is a win-win situation. After a good conversation with loved ones, either long or short, both parties end up feeling good.
Family members in a group hug
Nothing like being surrounded by family

RULE OUT NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

Many times, the stress you’re battling with is not related to anything you have done during the day. But rather, it could be a result of leaving various thoughts hanging around your mind for too long. A good way to keep your mind free from roaming thoughts that would not stop coming is to write them down in a journal. That way your mind is tweaked to feel like the thought has been resolved.

SHOWER

Initially, the sub-heading read: take a cold shower. But on second thought, not everyone loves having a cold shower. Depending on the temperature around you and how you feel in your body, a good way to ease stress is to aid blood flow by having a shower. Research has shown that it's actually better to take a warm shower in the evening. It is an age-long remedy that never fails.

HYDRATE

It is said that water is life. Need I say more? But why is it so important?
Around 60 percent of our body is made up of water and we can only live three to five days without fluids. One of the many important roles water plays in our body includes regulating body temperature, flushing waste from the body, transporting nutrients and is necessary for digestion
  • It also relieves fatigue
  • It promotes weight loss
  • Increases Energy levels 
  • Flushes Out Toxins
  • Improves Skin Complexion.
And these are just a few benefits of water. No matter how hard it gets, grab a bottle of water to drink. It helps reduce tension and boosts the clarity of thoughts

A glass of water
Water is life

BALANCED DIET

Doctors would never relent from emphasizing this. There is no substitute for having a balanced diet. No matter how schedules get, always remember you need a healthy body to function at your best. A diet plan might help ensure this.

DARK CHOCOLATES

Finally, something sweet and addictive! Dark chocolates have been proven to contain feel-good endorphins that relieve stress. What are the benefits of dark chocolate you may ask?
Dark chocolates are loaded with important minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and phosphorus. These minerals support factors such as immunity, can help keep your bones and teeth healthy, and contribute to better sleep quality. Studies also show it can help reduce blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease. So if you’ve been looking to include a snack in your diet, the dark chocolate route is the way to go.


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