I don’t know about anyone else, but when springtime springs up anywhere around me, I start feeling the need to reinvigorate my life. I want to be outside in the sunshine enjoying everything nature has to offer, and keeping myself indoors to work becomes harder and harder.
Spring is a time of renewal and revitalization all around us and a great time to de-stress from the woes of winter and recommit to everything most precious to us. So, de-stressing for me may look like hiking and camping, or a bubble bath and dancing around the living room.
What does de-stressing look like for you? Well, if you haven’t made your list, maybe these suggestions can help:
Medicine agrees with me on bubble baths—at least according to an article by Dr. Kathleen M. Zelmen in her feature on the Top 10 Ways to De-Stress and Eat Less. Summing it up, here is her Top 10:
- Fit in fitness every day.
- Get some sun every day.
- Write in your journal every day.
- Don’t deprive yourself of the foods you love, but moderate your portions.
- Set some ground rules about how and when you eat to help keep you on track.
- Find strength in community—friends and family who encourage you.
- Be prepared for situations you know can cause you to overeat.
- Relax for at least 15 minutes every day—reflect, meditate or soak in the tub.
- Be good to yourself—keep some motivational sayings handy to inspire and strengthen you as you go after your goals.
- Eat healthy foods.
Looking at the touchy-feely side of things, Lisa Drayer of Women’s Health Magazine had “8 Ways to De-stress Your life,” and her list gets away from eating less to eating well:
- Lisa says this is simple—all you need is a comfortable place where you can close your eyes, relax your muscles and concentrate on your breathing, or a picture in your mind, or soft music. If you really want to push the envelope, add some Yoga.
- Drink Green Tea. It’s science; contents of green tea are soothing.
- Eat Mood-Boosting Foods. Again, Lisa turns to science to give us a good reason to indulge in cookies, candy, ice cream and other sweet and starchy foods. It all has to do with serotonin for some women, so if you’re one of them who gets that mood boost from foods like these, watch your portions and enjoy.
- Not many folks have room for this (or one of those super cool she-sheds in the backyard), but she suggests creating a relaxation room. If you’re a mom of little ones, finding any space that you can call your own for a few minutes may be all the Relaxation Room you’re going to get. If you can make that space a setting for relaxation (a corner of your bedroom with a comfy chair for example), you’ll be ahead of the game.
- Listen to Music—and this is where my dancing in the living room comes in. You may choose soft, soothing melodies to my upbeat country songs.
- Get a Massage—Yes! Enough said.
- Hot Bath (great minds think alike)
- Exercise Daily.
So, there you go, a few nuggets from the world view of de-stressing, but guess what… this is a subject Christ spoke on 2,000 years ago. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worry add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-34).
1 Peter 5:7 says it simply. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Sometimes, that’s easier said than done, but it sure puts things in perspective.