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The modern world is moving at an increasingly rapid pace. People are rushing to work and hurrying through their daily tasks, only to come home and crash from exhaustion. It is no wonder that anxiety disorders are affecting 40 million adults in the U.S. alone, as stated by Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Too often, we allow our responsibilities to sap away our peace of mind all in the name of being “productive”. If you are depressed, anxious, or feeling restless, below are five ways you can make the change today to live a more relaxed lifestyle.

Limit the Important Tasks for the Day

Don’t wear yourself out by assigning 6-10 important tasks to your day. Instead, give yourself a maximum of 3 important tasks for the day with 2-4 minor tasks to accomplish if you complete the major ones first. By limiting your amount of tasks, you are giving yourself ample time to prepare for each one and preventing the possibility of being burnt out.

Spend Time in Nature

Caoimhe Twohig-Bennet, from the United Arab Emirate’s Norwich Medical School, has gathered over 140 studies involving over 290 million people worldwide to see if nature provides health benefits. The result? Exposure to the outside reduces the risk of diabetes, premature death, cardiovascular disease, stress, anxiety, and high blood pressure. If you are trying to live a more relaxed life, it is important to spend time in your natural habitat and breathe some fresh air.

Exercise Regularly

Studies have shown that regular exercise reduces stress and promotes a healthy lifestyle. If you want to relax your aching muscles or troubled mind, exercise releases hormones in your body that naturally helps you tackle these issues. Go for a walk, try swimming, hit the gym, or do anything that requires your muscles to work and burn calories.

Get Enough Rest and Sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 7 out of 10 Americans experience sleep problems. A lack of sleep prevents your body from getting the proper recharge it needs to go about your day successfully. If possible, get 7-8 hours of sleep a day and try to wake up as early as possible. The earlier you wake up, the more you can get done during the day.

Meditate Daily

A 2014 review of 47 trials in 3,515 participants done by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) suggests that mindfulness meditation programs show strong evidence of reducing anxiety and depression. Meditation allows your body and mind to relax without having to rely on any outside source. The recommended time to reap benefits from daily meditation is 15 minutes to 1 hour. Meditation can be done in your home, outside in nature, or in a yoga class.

In order to heal and soothe the mind, body, and soul, you need to consistently make an effort to make your daily routine as manageable as possible. Stress never takes a day off, so neither should you. Do your best to incorporate the above listed tips into your daily life and begin to see the results starting today. If you are looking for other helpful tips and suggestions to live a more relaxed life, follow the links below and see if they have any other helpful ideas to offer.

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