The stress & well being survey of Australians found that stress impacted the physical health of 72% of Australians and the mental health of 64% of Australians. That’s a lot of people.
Science is just starting to discover the dire long term consequences of prolonged stress.
Regardless, we all feel stressed from time to time and finding a way to dispel that stress could have a substantial impact on your physical and mental health.
It’s worth taking some time to find what helps you destress so when you find yourself in a stressed state you can destress. After 30 days your mind will automatically go “I’m stressed so now I should do X” rather than dwelling in the stressed feeling.
There are so many different things you could do to help ground yourself and destress. It really depends on what you love and what’s accessible. For me it’s water. As long as I can swim in the ocean or a lake or a pool I’m happy. Being immersed in water allows me to stretch and relax and ground myself – regardless of what is going on.
What can help you to ground yourself and destress? It could be just about anything but for many people it’s something physical like going for a run or hitting in the gym. For other people it’s about being quite and sitting in nature or doing meditation or deep breathing. For someone else it could be being creative or being with friends or family.
If you aren’t sure where to start, try Wim Hof Guided Breathing. It’s free and it only takes 11 minutes and feels wonderful.
Whatever it is, make it habit to help yourself to destress and feel grounded.