From Stress to Serenity
We understand how easy it can be to allow the stress of everyday life to overwhelm you. When your to-do list seems endless, it can seem impossible to find moments for yourself, let alone time to relax and decompress. At Eden Health Retreat, we know that real life can get in the way of the best of intentions: that is why we provide our guests with simple and easy stress relief tactics that you can use anywhere, at any time.
The next time you feel that you need some time out, try some of the following tips for a greater sense of calm.
Six-second stress solution
When we are stressed, the number one thing we forget to do is breathe properly. Rather than slow, deep, and measured breaths, we tend to take shorter, shallow breaths that only increase our heart rate. When the demands are too much, take just six seconds for the following exercises:
Deep breathing break: Take slow, deep breaths in through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. This simple technique helps activate the body’s relaxation response. Close your eyes at the same time and place one hand on your heart and the other on your stomach. This will help ground you before you return to your busy day.
The muscle relaxer: Start from your toes and work your way up, tensing and then releasing each muscle group. This practice helps release physical tension and promotes relaxation. You can even just tense your toes and/or fingers when you are on the phone or in a meeting to help quell any waves of stress.
The mindful meditation: If possible, set aside a few minutes each day to focus on the present moment without judgement. Mindfulness meditation helps reduce stress and enhances overall wellbeing. You can do this while you are waiting for the kettle to boil, or when you are washing your hands. Take just a few moments to pay attention to the sights, smells and sounds around you, to help bring you into the present.
Long term, it may be helpful to consider your overall stress levels and how you can offset your daily demands with some relaxing downtime. At Eden, we believe that the way you start your day sets the pace and the tone for the remainder. While it may not always be possible to be gently woken by the sounds of a bell echoing throughout the valley and a blissful yoga class, there are still ways to emulate your Eden morning at home.
A morning ritual, one you practise every morning, is important for good mental, emotional and physical health. Begin your day with a calming routine such as stretching, journaling, or practising gratitude. This sets a positive tone for the coming hours and allows you the time and space to nurture yourself before giving to others.
If possible, spend some time in nature each day. This may involve drinking your tea on your balcony, listening to the waking sounds of the day, or going for a walk along the beach. Time in nature is the number one way to reduce stress and even help improve your immunity. So do what you can, where you can and as often as you can, to enjoy time with Mother Nature. Another great tip is to put down the phone. We know what it is like to feel compelled to answer every email, text message or alert. However, this lack of boundaries only increases your stress levels. Dedicate specific times of the day to disconnect from electronic devices and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
How to support your stress levels with nutrition
A balanced, nutritious diet that includes whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Proper nutrition supports overall well-being and helps the body cope with stress. If you are looking for some inspiration, why not download A Taste of Eden for some tasty and nourishing inspiration?
We know that many feel like coffee helps to fuel them through a busy day, but as with anything in life, balance is the key. Swap out a coffee or tea with a herbal tea, such as chamomile, lavender, or lemon balm. These teas have natural calming properties and can promote relaxation.
And don’t forget to hydrate. Aim to drink at least two litres of filtered water a day. Your brain and muscles will thank you for it, and refilling your glass will give you an excuse to get up from your desk and move your body.
Changing your mind about stress
Even if you can’t move those meetings or allocate those tasks to someone else, you do have power over the way you think about stress. Practise positive self-talk by using affirmations such as “I am calm and capable,” “I am in control of my stress,” or “I am deserving of peace and serenity.” Repeat these affirmations regularly to shift your mindset, whether out loud or in your journal.
Perhaps the biggest adjustment you can make when it comes to dealing with the stress in your life is by setting firmer boundaries. We know that this can be difficult, and it can take some time before you feel confident about doing so. Remind yourself that establishing healthy boundaries allows you to protect your wellbeing and reduce stress. Learning to say “no” to others, means that you are saying “yes” to yourself and prioritising your own health and self-care.
At Eden, we integrate these stress reduction techniques and coping strategies into our tailored programs and teach you how to adapt and adopt these methods into your everyday life. We provide a serene environment, experienced facilitators, and a range of activities such as yoga, meditation, spa treatments, and nature walks to help our guests find serenity and restore balance. Our holistic approach aims to address stress’s physical and mental aspects, providing a comprehensive and transformative experience.
At Eden Health Retreat, we understand the importance of managing stress and finding serenity in today’s fast-paced world. Our tailored programs, designed by you, for you, helps each and every guest unwind, restore balance, and cultivate a mindset of wellbeing.