Every day we are faced with challenges that bring on stress. Too much stress can take a toll on your physical and mental well being. When these pressures become repetitive, we begin to experience some real problems.
Our students are trained to understand their client’s stress through assessments and clear communication. Dealing with an extensive amount of tension and worry can cause insomnia, muscle tension, a weakened immune system and more. Mentally, stress increases feelings of depression and anger along with a lack of motivation.
While there are so many reasons to be stressing out, we need to learn how to overcome those mental blocks in order to sustain a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle. We can achieve this by making small mindful changes throughout our day.
Begin the day with yourself. Mornings can be a hassle when you already have a long to-do list in your head the minute you wake up. Before you begin your hectic day, set the tone by taking 5-10 minutes to yourself. Try to think about circumstances in which you are thankful. Practicing gratitude can put your worries into perspective, helping you realize how small they are. Incorporating positive thinking will establish your mood and start you off feeling good.
Declutter your space. Waking up to a messy room affects your mindset more than you may think. Whether you begin in your house or at the office; cleaning the clutter in your physical spaces will help clear the clutter in your mind. Having an organized space to work or relax in gives your brain a break from focusing on too many things at once.
Drink water. Hydration is one of the most important factors in having a healthy lifestyle. Not drinking enough water causes us not to think clearly and makes us feel drained. The amount of daily water intake depends on each person. But women should be drinking around 12 cups a day, while men need about 16 cups. Water will help give you the clarity and energy you need to thrive during your day.
Focus on one task at a time. Many times, when we find ourselves stressed out it is because we have too many tasks on our plate and not enough time in the day to complete them. Bring your attention to one need and let everything else go. Once that task is done, you can switch your attention to the next. Worrying about multiple duties at once serves no purpose other than stress. There will always be more to do, don’t let that cloud your mindset.
By creating small, healthy habits you can include in your life; you will see a noticeable difference in your mentality. Taking the time to practice positive thinking will help you see and feel better. Our Massage Therapy Program educates students on how to relieve stress in ways our clients cannot do on their own. To learn more about this program, click here.