August 20, 2022 6 min read
Stress is a part of life. Some of us, however, may experience it more than others. Three out of five Australians experience work-related stress. 72% of Australians feel stress impacts their physical health and 64% feel stress impacts their mental health (Source: NIB Health Insurer).
Feelings of worry, unease and fear can be expected following a stressful few years, however, it’s important that we learn to manage our distressing feelings before they become overwhelming. Burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic stress that has not been successfully managed. Here are 8 simple and easy tips to help you beat stress and anxiety.
Using unhealthy coping mechanisms is not only temporary, but it can also cause more problems. Examples of unhealthy habits are excessive or frequent consumption of alcohol (in particular during times of stress and anxiety), overuse of caffeine (especially if you have an overstimulated nervous system), smoking and drug use.
Not only are these habits detrimental to your health, but they can also cause chaos in your already hectic life.
These are some great stress busters:
● Dancing, cleaning the house or both!
● Hiking or riding in a nature environment
● Power walking or taking the dog for a walk
● Weight lifting and weight bearing cardio exercise
● Jogging or running which releases hormones called endorphins. Popular culture identifies these as the chemicals behind “runner's high,” a short-lasting, deeply euphoric state following intense exercises.
Yoga is a great way to help relieve stress. A series of postures and controlled breathing brings together mental and physical discipline. Not only can yoga help you get tone and fit, but it can also help you more deeply manage stress and anxiety.
The beauty and calm of nature help your mind and body relax and feel good. ‘Forest bathing’, or Shinrin-yoku (immersing yourself in nature) was developed in the 1980s in Japan. Although people had been taking walks in the country’s forests for centuries, new studies showed that such activity could reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol levels and improve concentration and memory. A chemical released by trees and plants, called phytoncides, was found to boost the immune system.
If you are looking for a peaceful retreat where you can relax and heal, Rest & Restore can be your sanctuary. With one retreat in a mountain setting and the other in a bush environment, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature which is therapeutic on many levels,
Escaping to Rest & Restore for self-care can help you:
● Get away from your daily routine
● Give you a break from the stress
● Offer time alone to reflect and re-set
● Generate soothing feelings that restores your energy and vitality.
Nestled in the beautiful Yarra Valley, Victoria, only an hour from Melbourne, you can experience deep restoration on a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Our self-care centric programs help you regenerate your body, mind, and soul. We offer a combination of traditional and alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, counselling, breath-work and body treatments through to sound bowl healing and forest bathing.
Introspection (the quiet observation of one’s own thoughts, feelings and sensations) is fostered and guests are encouraged not to program too much into their days. You can do as much or as little as you like. Our goal is to help you free yourself from the stress you have been holding on to inside.
Retreats are not a vacation because there is an intent behind them. The intent could be stress relief or focus, restoring the nervous system or healing. The intent will be different for everyone. Whatever your intent is, when you go to a retreat, you connect with like-minded people who understand what you are going through.
A retreat is for individuals, families, close friends and even special interest groups, work teams and businesses large and small, who want to incorporate wellness into their mission, vision, or values.
Studies confirm that employees and individuals who participate in a retreat are happier with their jobs and more productive. The results of a retreat are long lasting.
If you are looking for the best form of self-care, make an investment in yourself or your employees and come to Rest & Restore. Empower yourself to wellness and book a retreat today!
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