WEDNESDAY WELLNESS - TOP 5 WAYS TO DE-STRESS IN JUST 5 MINUTES

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This morning I shared a Wednesday Wellness Tip on my health and fitness accountability group, which led me to think of all the other wellness activities I implement throughout the day or week to help me de-stress.

I am a straight-to-the-point kind of girl, so I really appreciate short and sweet blogs, videos, and articles that enhance my life while teaching me something without the extra fluff. Plus, I'm a busy momma! Ain't nobody got time for that!

1. LIGHT A SCENTED CANDLE

It may not sound like a big deal, right? Try it. I tend to stick to lavender scented candles because lavender is traditionally known for having a variety of benefits that include therapeutic properties,  ranging from inducing relaxation to even medical treatment for neurological disorders. Light her up!

2. STEP OUTSIDE

Stop what you are doing. Feeling overwhelmed? Can't shake off that queasy feeling in your stomach? It is probably anxiety. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed with a certain task. By stepping outside for just a few minutes, you're giving yourself a break. A break from the hustle and bustle. A break from being a juggling act. Soak in the sun, the trees, the birds, and even the cars speeding by. Take it ALL in.

3. TURN ON YOUR FAVORITE SONG

Music is a positive mood inducer. John Mayer is my go-to!  Music has a powerful link to our emotions and it is no surprise that it is a top stress relief. (According to Google.) It gets you in a good mood. It makes you feel happy. Why? Good O' dopamine. The "feel-good" neurochemical in our brains! Play your favorite tune today. 

4. EXERCISE/STRETCH

You're probably hunched over while reading this. If you can't get up and do a quick stretch or quick walk around the office/home, then at least sit up straight and stretch your neck. You can even do arm circles, and a quick upper body stretch by stretching your arms overhead and interlock your fingers. You can turn the palms to the ceiling as you lift your chin up, tilt your head back, and gaze up at the ceiling. Thanks WedMD. This will help you relieve tension in your body, thus reduce stress. Find different ways to move your body throughout the day. 

5. CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA - WITH A QUICK DEVOTIONAL OR MOTIVATIONAL BOOK

Ah! My favorite part of the day. This is a sacred time for me. I try my best to wake up before my daughter does so that I can have this moment to myself. It helps me set the tone for the day. If you are not an early morning riser, try to at least squeeze this in for yourself at some point of the day. I love drinking a good cup of coffee while reading my devotional. Currently reading Unshakeable by Christine Caine.

These are just a few of my favorite ways to de-stress throughout the day. Try to do at least one of these throughout your day. If you can squeeze all of them, then hey, more power to you!

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