10 ways to reduce stress in your everyday life.

November 19, 2018

Believe it or not, there's 'good' stress (like, the kind that makes you excited) and then there's 'bad' stress (the things that make you feel anxious or keep you up at night).
Here are some simple ways to help reduce the bad kind.

 

1. BOX (THE EXERCISING KIND!)

Not only is a boxing class great for cardiovascular fitness, but the exertion can help to expel not only negative energy, but also pent-up emotions. Punch that bag, get your sweat on and get those endorphins going = stress release!

 

2. CHEW GUM

Our clever pals at Swinburne University in Melbourne have discovered that chewing gum can actually reduce cortisol (our stress hormone) levels in our body by up to 17%. For the nail-biters among us, gum is probably better option. Opt for a sugar-free kind.

 

3. DON'T SKIP YOUR LUNCH BREAK

We’re all probably guilty of this sometimes, especially when we’re snowed under with assignments (OMG uni group assignments *gasp*) or work deadlines; but your body AND mind need rest. Step away and grab a bite - even if just for a little while, and with something light - so that you can perform better later in the day.

 

4. DO SOME LIGHT YOGA OR MEDITATION

Take some time out, in a quiet place, and stretch out your limbs. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and think about nothing but sunshine and rainbows and summer and ice-cream.

 

5. LEARN TO SAY "NO"

We often spread ourselves so thin because we say “yes” to doing everything and helping everyone, so much so that it physically and mentally exhausts us. Sound familiar? Remember that it’s ok to put yourself first sometimes, Moxette.

 

6. SHARE RESPONSIBILITIES

Whether it be with co-workers, friends, family or hired professionals. Delegate delegate delegate! And ease the pressure of having too much on your plate (lyrical genius!).

 

7. TAKE A NAP

Need we elaborate?!

 

8. DO SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

What takes you to your happy place? Keep a list in your phone or on the fridge and when you’ve got the blues, remind yourself of the fun activities that make you feel good. Pick one off the list and go for it!

 

9. PUCKER UP

Research suggests that kissing releases chemicals that ease our cortisol levels (SEE #8. Get pashing!)

 

10. DEVISE A BACK-UP PLAN FOR MAJORLY IMPORTANT SITUATIONS

Often we worry about outcomes we can’t control – unfortunately life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to, so don’t be afraid to plan for the worst, just in case. Devise a plan B, C, D, even Z if you need to! That way you’ll feel prepared for whatever the universe throws your way. 

 

Want one less stress in your life? We’ll deliver all the Moxie you need, so that it’s at the ready for when you need it most. We’ll be your back-up plan, Moxette!  Meet Moxie Box Club.

 



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