The hectic nature of the holidays usually has us craving natural ways to relieve stress in our lives.
We’re always focusing on the next task at hand, whether it’s an urgent errand we have to run or plans we’ve made with a friend or an end-of-the-year project at work that needs completing. The expression ‘there’s never enough time in the day’ seems to be a common tale of woe for many of us.
This time of year is the crux of family get-togethers and holiday parties, but with everything we have going on, it’s difficult to slow down, collect ourselves and take the time to be grateful. How do we center ourselves within the chaos?
Well, we’ve got to start by making our health and wellness a priority. It may seem like we don’t have enough time, but when we make the effort to de-stress, we put our bodies and minds back on track.
Make small changes at a time and eventually they’ll turn into healthy habits. Take a peek at these 4 natural ways to relieve stress in your life and determine what’s best for your state of mind. You’ll find that they’re also helpful no matter what season we’re in!
1. Make healthy changes to your diet
Let’s begin with the most obvious de-stressor: eating healthier. Events during the holidays practically revolve around food and we sometimes find ourselves indulging just a little too much! But the thing is, we can still eat healthy and enjoy what we’re eating, especially when the food we eat provides us with the natural energy we need.
Try not to fill up on empty calories or foods that have poor nutritional content. Educate yourself on how to read nutritional labels properly so that you understand what you’re fueling your body with. For example, be on the lookout for “pea protein” or “protein from peas” (or even hemp, rice, soy or whey protein) which means these are purified proteins and not the whole food you should be eating.
We’ve designed Karuna beverages like the Divine blends to be rich in vitamins and minerals, with balanced proteins and complex carbs that make you feel naturally full. Not to mention the fact that they’re rich in prebiotic fibers which are critical for digestive health. There aren’t any additional surprises like added sugar or preservatives. Talk about stressful. Instead, what you see on the label is exactly what’s inside.
Also, when we’ve had one too many second helpings, our bodies feel sluggish. And when our bodies feel sluggish, we don’t have any energy. This only contributes to stress! That’s when it’s time to take a detour from our unhealthy diet and do a little detox. Mung bean sprouts and Aronia berries were designed to cleanse our bodies and that’s why we’ve incorporated them into Karuna Heal juice.
2. Stay active and exercise
Let’s face it. Even though working out is rewarding, it’s still difficult to motivate ourselves enough to do it. But with time, we fall into a rhythm and it simply becomes part of our routine. Plus, out of all the natural ways to relieve stress, it’s one of the most active and fun!
If you need to start off slow, remember to just move more. Do simple exercises to get your heart rate up and make modifications for your body type. Or if you prefer group activities for more motivation, sign up for a yoga session or dance class and join a group of active individuals who can help you train.
Maintaining an active lifestyle also goes hand in hand with consuming the proper nutrition. Eat foods with ingredients your cells can recognize and turn into more energy.
3. Cut out the clutter
During the holidays, mass consumption of food, products and gifts is at an all-time high. Instead of obtaining more things, do the exact opposite. Learn to be less wasteful! Clear your life of the clutter you’ve accumulated and you’ll feel incredibly organized. Take time to de-stress by cleaning out an overcrowded closet or finding ways to eliminate food waste. It’s going to feel as if a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
4. Practice compassion
When we’re stressed, we tend to worry and overthink things, even if we don’t intend for that to happen. We need to practice self-care and care for the world around us through mindfulness and compassion. Compassion is a focus on active sympathy for others and it only gets stronger over time.
Compassion is not only the literal translation for the word karuna; it’s a mindset of positivity and a movement toward appreciation. ‘Mind over matter’ may seem like a commonly overused cliché, but in terms of a compassionate mindset, it’s also one of many natural ways to relieve stress.
When you focus on the well-being of your health, your body and your mind, including the well-being of your environment and those around you, stress will let go of its tight grip, allowing you to refocus on what truly matters.