Day 7 of our 30 Day Stress Reduction and Relaxation Challenge
We’re back with another quick stress busting tip for you. Today is one of our favorites when we need to clear our heads after walking out of a stressful situation. It also works wonders when done regularly to make sure we don’t get too stressed in the first place. It’s very easy – go for a walk.
This is probably nothing new today, but let us ask you this: How often do you actually go out for a walk when you’re feeling stressed or need to recharge? Our guess is that it doesn’t happen all that often, which is why it’s important to bring it up and talk about it today.
There are a lot of benefits to talking a walk. It’s easy to do, you can head out and get in a quick ten minute walk no matter where you are and you don’t need any special equipment. You can walk inside, but it will be even more beneficial if you head outside. The fresh air and sunlight will increase the benefits you’re getting from your walk.
Talking a walk works on so many different levels. The first is that it gives you a chance to get away from whatever it is you are doing for a few minutes. You’re literally walking away from it for a bit. This allows you to come back to it with a fresh mind and a fresh perspective when you get back. This does wonders when you’re feeling stuck, are working on a tough problem, or simply need some fresh eyes to catch a few spelling errors.
It also gives your mind a break from whatever it is you were working on. You get to focus on simply moving your body and admiring your surroundings outside for a little while. Often when we take a break from thinking consciously about what we’re working on, our unconscious mind takes over and comes up with ideas and solutions our conscious mind couldn’t find. Stopping work for a bit and allowing the subconscious to take over is often what brings that big breakthrough you’ve been hoping for. The rhythmic act of walking helps this process along.
Walking also happens to be form of low impact exercise you can do anytime, anywhere. It gets you moving, helps release tension in your muscles, pump more blood through your body, and thus more oxygen into your cells. When you walk outside in the fresh air, this rejuvenating effect is of course amplified. It’s also part of the reason a quick walk helps reenergize you and makes you feel better. Give it a try the next time you need a little break. Head outside or a quick walk instead of grabbing a coffee and a sugary treat.
The best part about walking is that you can do it anytime, anywhere. You don’t need any fancy equipment or even special walking shoes for a quick stroll through the neighborhood or on your lunch break. If it rains, you can even stroll through the building at work, or hop on the treadmill. You can make this work no matter what.
Day 7’s Stress-busting Mantra is “There are no wrong decisions because I learn from every choice.”
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In case you missed one of our posts, here is what we’ve shared so far:
Day 1 – The Dangers of Stress
Day 3 – Quick Stress Buster: Take A NapShare