Weekly Roundup: unwinding and exploring relaxation techniques

By Lily Friedman

When we think of our well-being; our body, diets and fitness habits all come to mind. While it’s easy to recognize what’s on the outside, you also have to prioritize your mental, spiritual and emotional health. Over time you will learn to maintain the fragile balance of wellness on every level. This includes one essential component, your peace of mind.

Scouring the internet each week as the social media marketer here at The Sanity Snack, I’m on a mission to deliver some of the best wellness and self-improvement advice on the web to our followers.

Achieving peace of mind should be your highest goal, and everyone knows that entails unwinding and eliminating stress. Just like your lavender face mask or homemade bath bombs, this week’s Wellness Roundup explores simple relaxation techniques you didn’t know are even more effective and have been right in front of you the entire time.

De-Stressing the Mind and Body


Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom in order to learn how to nurture and heal yourself. That’s exactly what happened to wellness consultant Jo Ettles. After falling down the stairs, Ettles knew the incident gave her the opportunity to re-evaluate her life and how she’d taken care of herself in the past.

In ‘Stop Pushing Yourself So Hard: 8 Ways to De-Stress Your Mind and Body’ on tinybuddha.com, Ettles shares her story of overcoming permanent scars and becoming an even better, much more healthy version of herself. “I received a huge gift after the fall—the kind of gift that can only be received when you are ready and open to acknowledging that there is actually always a gift in even the most challenging of circumstances. My gift was a huge reminder that life is precious and should never be taken for granted,” she said.

Ettles also encourages not to rush through life, not to push yourself too hard. Show yourself a little appreciation by de-stressing your mind and body with these 8 steps.

Getting Lost Outdoors


Nothing evokes a state of calm the way nature does. In ‘Why ‘Getting Away’ in Nature Is Good for Your Mental Health’ on Quick and Dirty Tips, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen dives into why our minds love going green.

With the modern world demanding our attention in ways that drain us, we experience attention fatigue. Dr. Hendriksen says attention fatigue makes us “more impulsive, more distractible, less able to deliberately direct our attention or inhibit unwanted stimuli.” When we spend time in nature, we’re giving our mind a break from hyperactivity.

Ultimately, exploring nature allows us to free our headspace, calm our mind, achieve self-discipline and even decrease violence.

Singing in the Car

Driving is such a mundane task, it’s easy to get swept up in the quietness of a car ride that so easily consumes your thoughts. By listening to music when you drive, you not only alleviate stress and depression symptoms, but also produce feel-good hormones and more clearly process your emotions.

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In ‘Psychologists Explain Why It Feels So Good To Sing In Your Car’ on huffpost.com, author Emily Blockwood sets out to find what psychologists have to say about the health benefits of singing in your car. Professional counselor Connie Omari said, “by listening to music, drivers are permitted with an opportunity to replace negative thoughts with more positiveness through the use of rhythm and beats. It invites an opportunity to meditate.”

See what the other psychologists have to say about the many benefits of sleeping in the car by checking out the full article here.

“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” —Brian Tracy

Lily Friedman is an ambitious 20-year-old who edits Sanity Snack stories and manages the site’s media marketing. And she pulls these jobs off while studying creative writing and business at the University of Iowa.

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