As we all would know that stress and anxiety can play a major role in mental decline. Hence we need simple tips to de-stress and keep your mind sharp and active.
When you go to a psychiatrist, one of the first tests that they give you is a memory test. They will ask you to memorize three words they tell you something like ball, train, and hat and then at the end of your visit they’ll want you to repeat those things to them.
If you cannot remember, it shows them that you have too much stress in your life. One of their recommendations to you would be to get enough rest and relaxation.
For your convenience, we also have a video on the same subject, at the end of this article.
Factors responsible for dulling of mind
One of the factors that contribute to this dulling of your mind is not getting enough sleep.
Perhaps you are having your body in “fight or flight” mode 24/7, and having too much stress hormone (cortisol) in your bloodstream.
Secondly, if you have a bigger belly than the rest of you and you can’t sleep well comfortably, it’s more than likely some of your issues are related.
Also we recommend that for other factors, you may read our article and watch a video “How To Keep Your Mind And Memory Sharp By Avoiding These Habits”.
12 Simple Tips To De-Stress And Keep Your Mind Sharp And Active
There are things you can do to get more rest and relax more to lower stress:
#1: Learn to Meditate
Study after study is showing that meditation helps people relax, lowers blood pressure, and contributes to a good quality of life. If you don’t like meditating, you can choose to pray instead. Studies show intense praying or meditating can relieve stress and improve brain function.
#2: Start a Yoga or Tai Chi Practice
One of the best exercises for your overall health, mind, body, and spirit is yoga, while simple find Tai Chi equally effective. There are different types of yoga, so find a class that is for a beginner so that you can try it out without any pressure. There is a practice for every single age and health issue.
# 3: Identify Stressors
One way to reduce stress is to find out if the cause is something external. Hate your job? Dislike something at home? Having issues in your marriage? Kids are not behaving? Money problems? All these things lead to stress, which leads to lack of sleep, which leads to brain decline.
# 4: Find Ways to Eliminate Stressors
When you identify a stress causing agent, check if it’s possible to eliminate it or change something about it to make it work for you.
May be you need a plan to do that.
For example, if your present job gives you stress, start applying for other jobs or join a training program to help you get promoted.
# 5: Get Back to Nature
Science has shown in many different studies that humans do better when they get out in nature every single day.
Whether you look out the window at a magnificent view or walk early morning in the park is up to you.
However, there are also positive studies about “grounding” that lets you know that it is important to get out into nature as much as you can.
# 6: Start a Journal
For some people, reducing stress by writing in a journal has been found to be helpful. The type of journal writing you do or the type of journal you would like to use depends on your personality.
You may like to use a bullet journal, a gratitude journal, or something else entirely such as a regular diary. It’s up to you; if it helps you experience less stress, do it.
# 7: Color or Draw
Some people find it very helpful to take some time before going to bed to sit in the quiet and color or draw.
There are even studies that show that doodling or coloring reduces blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure.
# 8: Read
When it comes to reading, it’s important to choose the right thing to read when you are stressed out and cannot get rest.
Don’t read anything that will upset you; instead, read uplifting and positive information that helps you reduce stress.
#9: Create a Night-Time Ritual
To help you get more regular sleep, you want to set up a night-time ritual that will help your mind accept that it’s time for sleeping and resting.
Stop eating a couple hours before bed, turn off screens, avoid caffeine and sugar, and keep your room cool and bed comfortable so you can sleep.
#10: Visualize what you want or need
Creative visualization is a term made popular by Shakti Gawain in her book of the same title.
Creative Visualization or just Visualization is a technique that entails creating mentally imagery of what you want to happen in your life, or what you would like to happen to make you feel happy. Naturally, it can reduce the stress effectively.
#11: Sort out your financial worries
Somewhere I read that more than 60 percent of Americans are unable to sleep well at night due to money issues. Although it may not be easy, but attacking the problem which means sorting out your finances can be a good way to reduce your stress.
Probably you have been avoiding dealing with your financial problems and just because they are there, they haunt you and you are unable to get a good night’s sleep.
By looking at your financial position honestly, consolidating debt and coming up with an actionable plan, you can slowly move to make positive changes. This would help reduce your financial stress.
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#12: Get Professional Help
If you are particularly anxious and stressed out, consider seeking professional help. Some types of anxiety are related to health.
For example, someone with low iron can experience high anxiety and heart palpitations, so anytime you experience something like this, make an appointment with your health care provider to ensure that everything is going well health-wise.
Video: How To Get More Rest and Relax More To De-Stress
To Sum Up
These simple tips to de-stress and keep your mind sharp and active should be of good help to almost everyone who is experiencing stress.
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