Stress is on the increase and is said to be the #1 disease in the world by the World health Organisation. Its damaging effects are numerous to physical as well as mental health including anxiety, depression and even some cancers.
Although I am not a mental health expert for the treatment of depression, I have suffered in the past from a ‘severe bout of it” that left me with panic attacks.
Fortunately for me, with great effort, I overcame the depression without drugs and I have learned to control my panic attacks.
With the tragic death of Kate Spade, I have decided to share some stress busting techniques each week. Simple but powerful remedies that can help reduce stress levels.
I blogged before when Robin Williams took his own life about depression and you can read that here.
Stress and all its relatives, has no respect for how much you earn, how famous you are, what material possessions you own or what career you pursue. It can strike at anyone at anytime.
Left unchecked, it can cause or lead to depression (And other disease as mentioned above) so it is imperative that we each take an active role in helping ourselves the best we can.
Stress also interferes on a huge scale when we lose our previous amazing results too.
Stress Busting Tip # 1 Go for a Walk in Nature
There really is something magical about walking or being in nature. It has benefits that you can’t really put your finger on. You just feel good afterwards.
If you are fortunate enough to live nearby the countryside or the sea that is even better. Get out in it as much as you can.
Yes I understand you have things to do, people to see, social media posts to read, emails to send. You are busy, I get that.
Being in nature has many benefits that you just can’t put your finger on
But getting out into nature will relax your mind. Be in the present moment as you walk. Tell yourself you are looking at the trees, the plants, the colours of the flowers. Be present. Tell yourself you can feel the breeze, smell the cut grass and hear the birds chirping away.
This prevents your mind from wandering into an uncertain future, looking back at a negative past event or worrying about tasks that you feel you should be doing.
If you live in the city, most have great parks that you can go sit or walk in. Do it. Take the time. No, make the time.
No, you don’t have to go and hug a tree
I assure you spending one hour a week doing this is refreshing, invigorating and rejuvenating for your mind, body and soul.
When you do go back to those tasks that require your attention, you will be able to approach them better and probably more effectively too.
And most importantly, taking this time reduces stress.
It doesn’t matter about the weather either. If you say to yourself, it’s too hot, too cold, raining, the sun isn’t out, that is just your mind resisting what it isn’t used too.
Go and do it. And why not start today?
Do I walk in nature?
You bet your life I do. Rain or shine, snow or clouds. I have learned, albeit the hard way, that by getting into nature it is a brilliant and powerful stress buster with many other unseen and unfelt benefits.
All of my coaching comes complete with personal, specially-for-you anti-stress techniques. Anything really is possible, but nothing we want to achieve is worth our health – either mental or physical.
If you are feeling overly stressed out and worried about your health please get support.