As our lives become busier, it can be easy to take on too much, to become over-stressed, which can cause fatigue and burn out. Winter, with reduced light and shorter days, is also notorious time for us to ‘feel a bit blue’. This article explores some strategies to help you avoid falling into the stress trap.
Taking time out to focus on you. It’s just as important as other things on your ‘to-do’ list. Your body will not function at its best if you don’t give yourself some downtime. Adopting regular yoga and/or meditation practices can be an effective way to unwind. Not sure where to start? Simply search for ‘yoga’ and ‘meditation’ using the search bar on this website.
Some other great activities to help you unwind, include:
- Tai Chi
- Light aerobics
Higher stress levels often have a negative impact on the quality of your sleep. However, you must get adequate sleep in order to effectively handle stress and to avoid burnout. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, regular exercise is a healthy, safe, inexpensive and simple means to improve your sleep. It promotes relaxation, which helps to initiate and maintain sleep, increasing the non-rem sleep phase and stimulating the regenerating characteristics of sleep.
Eating clean food, drinking plenty of water, and sleeping well also helps your body’s ability to relax. Avoiding stimulants like caffeine and alcohol, processed foods with high levels of sugar and artificial ingredients is very important in this context.
The Hopewood philosophy promotes vegetarianism, plenty of water and freshly prepared juices, food combining, regular exercise and relaxation. It also emphasises the power of fresh air and spending some time in our natural environment.
It’s an achievable and sustainable lifestyle, which helps people feel more energetic, reach and maintain a healthy weight, manage stress and get more out of life. That’s why we recommend adopting this lifestyle in order to effectively unwind.