“I suffer from stress, I suffer from stress, I’m tired and out of shape …” Velvet sang a few years ago but stress still speaks a lot and often in common language: takes the sense of anxiety, tension, widespread malaise and worry, but perhaps not everyone knows that even primitive men suffered … and how! The stress of our ancestors, however, meant that they survived fierce beasts, inhospitable environments, attacks by rival gangs and major climatic changes.
In fact, without a strong anxiety, prehistoric men would not have been able to defend themselves and save themselves from the attacks of the fearsome saber-toothed tigers, and would not have been able to defend their families. The emotions, in short, are functional to the survival of the species. Modern man, on the other hand, must face different forms of stress, but the physiological response is more or less the same.
A chronic stress condition can lead to increased blood pressure, heart disease, colitis, asthma, and even cancer. But how can a stressed but earth-friendly person find inner peace without substantially changing his or her ecological footprint?
Here are the 10 steps to decrease your stress level in a strictly “green” way:
1. WITH MEDITATION
Obviously there would need a lot of space to explain the concept of meditation but, in general, it is that practice of concentration of the mind which aims to improve one’s psychophysical conditions. This practice is fundamentally green both because it does not require physical travel (to meditate is fine anywhere) and because it does not need expensive equipment. Some people choose to focus their mind on an object or a thought that can give relaxation while others opt for repeating an internal mantra as a means of maintaining one’s concentration. A more Buddhist approach is that of mindfulness which consists in paying attention to what happens “here and now” to obtain a deep awareness of one’s actions and thoughts.
Tip: As the Interdependence Project suggests during meditation it is necessary to:
- be aware of their choices.
- Pay attention to their actions.
- Examine your lifestyle from a creative point of view.
- Examine how you eat, how you dress, why, where, what you buy, how you move, how you work, your interests, who and what you really care about, your goals.
In short, the multitude of choices you take every single day.
An eco-friendly solution to maintain the correct posture during meditation where it is essential to keep the spine straight is represented by the rechargeable and easy to carry bamboo stool, sold online for around £ 30.
2. WITH THE YOGA
The practice of yoga began long before Madonna and Sting launched the fashion of contortionist positions!
Green tip: you can make your yoga sessions eco-friendly with the ecological mat proposed by Yoga Mad made with non-toxic, recyclable and biodegradable materials.
3. WITH TAI CHI.
Tai Chi can be described as meditation that meets movement. It consists mainly in the execution of a series of slow and circular movements that resemble dance but actually mimic a struggle. This ancient practice makes the body agile and harmonious, improves posture and also has a beneficial effect on the nervous system with a consequent decrease in stress.
Tip: why not look for clothing to practice Tai Chi, which usually consists of baggy pants and a black jacket, participating in a Swap Party, a party where you can buy clothes, accessories and various items?
4. WITH MUSIC.
Remember when you were in a bad mood and suddenly heard on the radio “that” song and you immediately felt better? This, dear friends, is a little taste of the power of music. Music can motivate, inspire and above all reduce stress.
Tip: to get rid of stress, in addition to listening to music try to do it. But to be green, choose unplugged, or prefer acoustic versions without using electrical tools.
5. WITH A GOOD SLEEP.
Much research has shown that sleep has the power to pay more attention, improve cognitive functioning and reduce stress.
Tip: before taking a nap, make sure your bedroom is free of toxins. In this regard, refer to the article on the 5 ways to purify the air and reduce domestic pollution.
6. WITH A LITTLE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
Exercise reduces the production of hormones that cause stress, such as cortisol, and increases that of endorphins that make us feel good.
piantare_alberi Green suggestion: physical activity does not mean just attending courses in the gym. Running outdoors can be a good solution to relax, but you can also train yourself to plant some saplings. It will also gain the environment.
7. WITH A LAUGH.
Laughter is a real therapy that has no contraindication.
Tip: one of the occasions in which laughter is not lacking is a party with friends. To organize an eco-friendly party instead of using the usual plastic plates and glasses, choose the fully biodegradable tableware kit proposed by Branch Home: plates, glasses and cups are made of sugar fibers, cutlery with potato starch and napkins with paper recycled.
8. WITH DARK CHOCOLATE.
You read right! According to some research, as we have seen, it takes about 40 grams of dark chocolate a day for two weeks to reduce stress hormone levels.
Tip: choosing the dark chocolate of fair trade you will have the certainty of consuming a high quality product that does not contain other vegetable oils other than cocoa butter, but that above all has not used resources to produce it.
9. WITH A LIST OF PRIORITIES.
Keeping a simple “list of priorities” you will be able to understand what things need your immediate attention and which ones can be postponed to a second moment.
It goes without saying that the end result is an increase in productivity and a reduction in stress
Tip: To make your personal priority list use a recycled paper notebook.
10. WITH A RIDE.
Think about how much time you spend in the traffic or how difficult it is to find a place to park your car. For modern man, the car is one of the main sources of stress and then, whenever you can, choose the bicycle, an ecological and economical vehicle that allows you to travel with zero impact and which, as research has shown, has a beneficial effect on mood and physical form.
Tip: if you do not want to get to work sweat, you can always opt for electric or pedal assisted bikes. Moreover, as we have seen, the hydrogen-powered bicycle will soon arrive on the Italian market, a very clean means of transport with a range of 150 km and very low charging times.