What is Stress Down Day and why is it important to take part?
Stress Down Day encourages us to have a moment to be present, take a breath of fresh air, and focus on our health and wellbeing.
As life becomes more demanding, it’s important that we use strategies like exercise, reading, spending time with loves ones and simple timeouts to keep a healthy balance. Research shows that 90% of Australians need to stress less, with 74% of people being stressed from work. Lifeline has purposed Stress Down Day for our community to have a moment to smile, chill out, and lend a helping hand and lift those up who are having a tough time. whether you’re in a classroom, workplace, or in a family, we can all take part by creating a positive culture and sharing tips on how to shake off the daily grind and lift your mood.
1. Take a brisk walk
When you’re feeling low or stagnant, going for a brisk walk will boost your production of feel-good endorphins, which can reduce stress hormones and alleviate mild depression. To get the best out of your walk, make sure you stay hydrated to help lift any mental fatigue. Our favourite way to keep hydrated on the go is our colourful Oasis drink bottle
2. Breathe deeply for 5 minutes
Deep breathing exercises reduce tension in your body. When you breathe deeply, messages are sent to your brain to let it know it’s time to calm down and relax. Your brain then sends messages to your body to relax your muscles, decrease your heart rate and decrease your blood pressure. Diffusing essential oils can help to keep you calm and collected, while your choice of scent will give you your desired outcome. Our Calm and Destress Trio of essential oils have lavender, lemongrass and lemon to lift your mood.
3. Practice yoga
Yoga is practising the lengthening and strengthening of your body while focusing on calm, even breathing. This activates your parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for telling your muscles to relax, improve digestion, boost immunity, and help you to sleep better. Restorative poses will take you down to your yoga mat instead of standing, focusing on supine and prone postures that encourage deep relaxation, for instance forward bends, hip openers, leg raises, bridges and inversions.
4. Get your hands dirty in the garden
Making physical contact with good bacteria’s in soil such as Mycobacterium vaccae can trigger the release of serotonin in your brain. Furthermore, research has shown that another neurotransmitter, dopamine is released when our senses are triggered by harvesting food from the garden. But what if you live in an apartment and don’t have your own gardening space? You can grow your own inside with our Urban Greens grow kits; a sustainable and gratifying way to grow wholesome goodness on your windowsill or kitchen bench. If you know someone who could use a break, gifting the Urban Green’s grow kits will put a smile on their face.
5. Be well rested
Do you feel you get a good night’s sleep every night? Sleep deprivation is very common, and whether it’s work or personal related stress that keeps you awake, there are many ways you can help yourself get a good night’s sleep. Our most-loved way to relax before sleep is to have a relaxing bath with a Living Light Relax candle and scented bath crystals, and then apply the Sleep Rollerball Blend to the temples and lay down with a Silk Eye Mask to get a good night’s sleep.
Now, this may seem obvious, but in this day, we are constantly fixated on our TV, computer or phone screens for work, and even to get emotional stimulation. How often do you talk with your loved ones face to face? You won’t be shocked to know that science says being more social reduces depression. If you need an easy way to start a purposeful conversation, our Believe You Can affirmation book and I AM ME affirmation cards for children are a great way to connect and have an open discussion.
We hope you have found some helpful tips to improve your wellbeing in our 6 Easy Ways to Lift Your Mood. We love this initiative from Lifeline and would love to hear from you if you are getting involved in this important day! Click here to register for Stress Down Day.
If you or anyone you know are experiencing difficult times, call Lifeline on 131114.