Mindful’s ‘What Five Minutes of Silence Can Do for Your Brain’ revealed that a 5-minute time out is crucial for our fast-paced lives. Life, as wonderful as ever, however, often our little “friend” stress likes to creep up on us.
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to forget to take a minute to pause and breathe for 5. Whether that’s the atmosphere you flourish in or not, a simple 5 minute time out from it all can really be beneficial for both body and mind.
Whilst stress is normal and to some extent a healthy part of life, it can have several unfavourable effects on both body and mind. Taken from Everyday Health, the hormones that stress causes can affect the body and mind by ” interfering with sleep and increasing the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, and heart disease, as well as causing depression and anxiety“. Therefore, it’s crucial that we do what we can to manage the stresses that we face.
To put it simply, stress is “our body’s response to pressures from a situation or life event”, defined by the Mental Health Foundation. It can be the death of a loved one or something as mundane as moving house. Stress is common to all of us, however, there are many ways of relieving and managing it.
Forbes wrote that breaks enable us to increase our productivity levels. It suggests that our bodies “send[s] us signals to rest and renew, but we override them with coffee, energy drinks and sugar”.
After feeling a little overwhelmed by my workload a couple of days ago, I decided to step away from it and to go for a little walk. Luckily, my University campus is surrounded with countryside and so it’s the ideal location to de-stress, ironically. This led me to plan and write this post.
Having a place you can retreat to is so important, especially when the dream of a sunny location, miles away can’t yet be achieved. It’s less about what makes you calm, and more about HAVING your own calm place.
Your peaceful place may well be a spot with both water and greenery. The soothing sound of birdsong and slow-moving water could well be music to your ears.
Or, your peaceful or stress-free place may well be a bustling, lively cafe. As with anything possessive, there aren’t any right or wrongs. It’s about what works for you and where YOU’RE able to find your own version of calm.
When you’re able to feel at ease and fully appreciate your surroundings, it truly enables big worries to feel a little less daunting. It’s surprising how much weight can be lifted when you let yourself get excited about a good cup of coffee, or a beautiful walk. Sounds silly, right? Try it for yourself and see.
Whilst you may have a TON of work to get done, or you might be feeling extremely low, plan a simple 5 minutes out of your day. Sit down the day before and plan something exciting for the following day. You may feel better for it – give it a go and see.
Ciao for now x