Information Gleaned from the Annals of Counseling Psychology
A stressful day can drain your energy to zero. Stress can drain and reduce our levels of brain chemicals and neurotransmitters. These chemicals play an important role in the levels of our mood, energy and motivation. After a difficult day, you might be tempted to lounge and just zone-out on TV. However, here are four simple and tested methods you can use to recharge.
1. Turn Off
Unplug your phone for crucial “me” time. Put it in a drawer that’s out of the way, or leave it in the trunk of your car. Don’t touch it again until after you’re fully rested.
2. Go Outdoors. Cary and Mchenry County have Some Great Scenery
If it’s still daylight, go for a walk. The sun will help your brain release serotonin, which elevates your mood and helps you feel calm. Exercise is proven to be a best-practice in order to boost your mood and help you to reduce stress. Even if the sun is not out, a walk outside will still help you feel more invigorated.
3. Reset and Refresh
A quick 5 or 10-minute meditation can also help elevate your mood. Find a guided meditation on YouTube or elsewhere on the internet. Play some calming music while you meditate quietly for a few minutes. Or, pamper yourself with a bubble bath or take a brief shower. Before leaving the shower, splash cold water on your face; this process will refresh you and wake you up.
4. Make Plans
Looking forward to something is a great way to boost your mood. There’s a lot of stuff to do in Mchenry County. Plan a weekend getaway or just a day trip. Even planning a visit to a new bar or restaurant can be interesting; take a little time to plan to give yourself something to which to look forward.
Are you struggling to maintain your energy levels? Is stress causing you to feel tired, anxious or depressed? You can reduce anxiety and depression in just 12 visits. An expert therapist can help you find ways to manage stressful situations. Call my office today. It’s in Cary, Illinois and let’s schedule a time to talk.
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