Opps, I know I said I would try to upload a blog post every tuesday, but alas, last week, the week caught up too me and before I knew it a week had passed with no blog post in trail. SO although I said I would talk about music and fall shows in this blog, but I figured going along with the theme of things flying by and stressful times, I would do a blog post on how to stay stress free, or at the very least minimize stress.
Here are just a few tips I have on how to remain calm in those stressful times!
My first and foremost cardinal rule I practice each morning or evening to help keep my day balanced is Yoga. The thing that makes Yoga so amazing is that it taps into your mental, physical and spiritual realm. Speaking on a personal level, when I found myself stressed out, the most common thing I recognize about myself is how tense my body feels and how my breathing is short and rasp which increases my heart rate. My primary love in Yoga is how much paying attention to my breathing can really take my stress level down, and regulating my heart rate. The other thing I love yoga is how I am able to clear my mind of all things stressful and life related and focus on different areas of my body through the different poses I am completing. The other thing I love about yoga is that you can choose too practice in a studio with other students or you can do it in the comfort of your own home.
Here are my suggestions for doing either one of these chooses.
At home yoga:
– Find a quiet space (If you have a balcony or backyard, and it’s a nice sunny day out this can be one of my favourite places to practice.)
– Have a towel, water, and yoga mat etc…
– If you need some guidance or you are a beginnger try looking up Yoga for beginnger video’s on youtube like this one
or download this wicked app called “All-in YOGA: 300 poses and yoga classes” – I love this app because it has a little bit of everything.
*SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT HOWEVER WHEN DOING YOGA FROM HOME IS BE CAREFUL TO NOT PUSH YOURSELF AND REALLY FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. Although yoga is a meant to calm and relax some poses when not done correctly can severly hurt you. SO I would recommend trying to take a single class, to ensure that you are doing the poses correctly.
If you choose to go to a center/ studio here are some tips I have that will help save your money, as yoga can be a very expensive thing to partake in when out of house.
– Quite a few studio’s will offer 30 days for 30-40$ where you can take quite a few classes and hop from studio to studio
– Another program in toronto is called Passport to Prana which is similiar to the 30 days for 30$ here is a list of studios in toronto supporting this program http://www.yelp.ca/search?find_desc=Passport+To+Prana&find_loc=Toronto%2C+ON
Another great way to ensure that your health and stress level stay in great shape. In a day of fast food, proccessed, and microwaveable food, it can sometimes be challenging to stay on the right track of eating healthy! For me this can even prove to be a serious challenge especially on my busier days.
Here are some tips, and advice I have that you may find helpful in keeping eating right a top priority
So lets talk basics.
Labels, Labels, Labels, like many other things in life educating yourself is the first step in empowerment. Labels play a huge part in understanding what is exactly you are consuming. This is important for a number of reasons; as I had mentioned earlier we live in a time where food has a longer shelf life, what is scary about this, is we tend to never think twice about this and how fruits and vegtables can stay ripe for as long as they do, or why canned peas can expire 5 years from the day we buy it. When I was in my teens, and really starting to look into what I was eating I read this really great piece in a book called “ECOHOLIC” which talked about this and opened my mind. It basically asked a question to it’s readers along the lines of; how do you think bananas arrive here in canada and manage to stay fresh. The author went on to explain the whole process in how fruits and vegetables arrive in canada. They are often grown in other countries using countless amounts of pesticides and chemicals right from the start. Once they reach a certain growth point they are then either shipped or flown into whichever country they are going to. Once they land at the airport they are droven for a few more days in a giant transport truck, they put on the shelf where they will stay for another week or two. Now what is scary about this whole 2-4 week process is anyone who has an opportunity to ever grow, or attend somewhere that harvests their own, will know that regular shelf time for fruits and vegetables once ripe is only a few days. So how can these fruits last as long as they do? That is why educating yourself on what your eating and learning how to read labels is such an important thing.
Shocking fact. Even most bottled waters contain some form of sodium to help perserve it’s quality. I myself woud have never known this if one day I didn’t take the time to look.
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/label-etiquetage/index-eng.php – This is a great tool to use when looking at labels.
Another way to help yourself is if you can pack lunches or dinners in advance. I like to do all of mine on sunday evening and have everything ready for the week whether it just be setting aside 5 apples, and bagged vegetables and stuff, or packing full meals. It’s important to work within your limitations. If you have the opprtunity to pack and prep your own meals great.
but if you don’t, don’t stress
Simple things like when you go out for lunch choosing healthier alternatives is always a great start, such as hitting up a local pita pit or lita land instead of going to macdonalds, or asking your caferteria staff for the nutrional facts on the food you are eating, so you are able to make healthier choices.
Something I always always encourage is WATER OVER JUICES AND POP. Water helps fill your stomach as well as really can quench your thirst on a summer hot day! Plus not too mention it will really cut down on your sugar and sodium intake!
I’m going to break this post into a two parter blog spot. Check me out in two weeks for a continuation of this blog!
For now Happy Blogging