In the midst of a busy schedule and constant stress, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, but putting in a few minutes every day to reduce stress can have lasting benefits. By bringing awareness to the mind-body connection, we can cultivate a happier, more positive life. Read on to see two things you can do every day to improve your outlook.
Meditating is an excellent way to hone in on the mind-body connection and can help empower a more positive disposition on life. Apps like Calm, Headspace and YOJO Yoga are great for guided meditation. Certain cities also offer meditation classes that you can pre-book. If you can't get into meditation, try focusing on breath work to reduce stress. Being conscious of our breath and breathing deeper, slower and more controlled will leave you feeling more centered and energized.
Keep A Gratitude Journal
According to NPR, studies have found that giving thanks and counting blessings can help people sleep better, lower stress, and improve interpersonal relationships. Consistently writing down what you are grateful for can shift your emotions and thoughts.
You can buy different kinds of gratitude journals like The Five-Minute Journal which encourages you to write down what you are grateful for first thing in the morning and at before bed at night. You can also download an app like Headspace or Track Your Happiness, or you can simply use your own notebook and pen.