Stress Awareness Day: 6 Easy Ways to Help Increase Mindfulness & Reduce Stress by Donna John
Nationally recognized psychologist Dr. Susan Albers recommends a variety of simple practices to increase mindfulness, which can lead to reduced stress, better food choices and improved emotional intelligence. Here are her top six ideas to help reduce your stress:
- Enjoy an Epsom salt soak. Add 2 cups Epsom salt and 1/2 cup olive oil into warm bath water and soak for 15 minutes.
- Give your eyes a break. Rest and reset tired eyes by rubbing your hands together then gently placing your warm palms over closed eye lids for one to three minutes.
- Practice Child’s Pose. Kneel on a carpet or soft mat, drop your bottom to your knees and lean forward, stretching your arms out in front of you and resting your forehead on either a pillow or the floor. Breathe deeply in and out for five minutes.
- Warm up! Improve your sleep by warming your pajamas in the dryer for five minutes and slipping into them just before bed.
- Set time aside for tea time: Enjoy a daily cup of cinnamon or black tea. Both have been proven to help reduce cortisol, a hormone responsible for fight-or-flight stress and often weight gain.
- Give yourself a massage. Use a tennis ball to relax and release muscles after a long day. Gently roll tired feet over the tennis ball or place it between your shoulders, lean against a wall and slowly move from side to side.
How do you increase mindfulness and relax?
The content on 30Seconds.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information on this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider. The opinions or views expressed on 30Seconds.com do not necessarily represent those of 30Seconds or any of its employees, corporate partners or affiliates.
Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:
30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.