On average, we make about 35,000 decisions a day! Add to that the fact that we’ve become accustomed to never switching off, it’s no wondered we’re stressed. To better manage your wellbeing, you need outlets that will help you step away and give your mind a break.
Exercise may not be your favourite pastime, but it’s hard to deny its benefits for your health (both physical and mental). When you’re busy working out at a rigorous pace and following your fitness instructor’s every move (try Fitness First’s BodyCombat classes for an intense yet enjoyable workout), it’s impossible to think about what you’re going to have for dinner tonight or looming work deadlines. The endorphins that get released during physical activity also help reduce stress.
Better out than in, journaling has become a popular activity both as a creative outlet and for its ability to clear the mind. Writing down what’s on your mind will help you organise your thoughts and to-do lists into more achievable and manageable goals. Set aside anywhere from five to 20 minutes a day to write down anything that comes to mind.
A cluttered environment can quickly contribute to a cluttered mind. If you’re surrounded by mess it can be incredibly distracting and stressful. Spend a quick five minutes putting things away and riding your space of unnecessary clutter. It’s not just physical clutter that’s clogging your brain. A digital detox is essential, too – purge your emails and do a tidy of your desktop. Feel that instant weigh off your shoulders?!
It’s ok, the world won’t end if you don’t reply to that email within five minutes. But your mind will thank you for it. Instead, indulge in the old-fashioned favourites like reading a good book or soaking in the bathtub.
The ritual of drinking tea is enough for most people to find their happy place, but there’s actual scientific evidence that suggests the amino acid L-Theanine found in tea helps reduce mental fatigue without making you drowsy, and boosts concentration and focus.
Breathe in rosemary essential oil
The smell of rosemary can do wonders for your brain. Its scent helps support memory, ease mental exhaustion, speed up cognitive function and clear the mind. Sign us up!