5 Tips to Manage Stress
Stress is one of those things that has become a fact of life, but how you manage it can make all the difference in your health. Although you might not have the stress of a commute or office environment, you likely deal with more distractions and the temptation to work around the clock.
While stress is basically inevitable in our fast paced world, there are certain things you can do to reduce and manage it. Read along for some of our best tips to manage the stressors in your life.
If you feel like a constant ball of stress, it’s important to take a minute to identify what’s causing the stress. Maybe you assume that it’s your carpool duties, but it’s really a work project that you put off until you have to leave for the car line. Shifting your schedule a bit and knowing where your stress takes place is the first step in making changes.
Meditation is all the rage right now – and for good reason. It helps to quiet the mind, and there are numerous ways in which you can meditate. Whether you sit quietly listening to music and observe your thoughts, sit by the ocean, or choose something more formal, looking into meditation is a key step.
Try the Headspace app for something quick and simple. Headspace is a free app that provides some “extra calm and clarity” in 10-minute sessions. This is a great way to get started with meditation and to fit it into your already busy life.
Exercise isn’t only healthy for your body, it’s healthy for your mind. Exercise can help to release stress in the body, as well as release endorphins for a natural boost of happiness and calm. You don’t need to do this for hours each day, but start with a good variety: a mix of cardio for endorphins, yoga for a calm mind, and light weights for a strength boost.
Nature is calming and grounding, so take a few minutes each day to walk around outside, feel the breeze on your face, and simply take in some fresh air. This is a simple task, but once that can relax your system and help you to see the beauty around you. Take a few slow, deep breaths and spend a few minutes connecting to nature.
When you’re stressed, most things can seem less than fun, and it can seem like you’re stuck in a cycle of a lot of work and obligations. It’s okay to say “no” to unnecessary things, as well as incredibly important to schedule some fun into your days and weeks. Think of something fun that you could do each day – can you meet a friend for coffee? Have a weekly lunch date with a local co-worker. Plan a fun playdate over your lunch hour. Do something that will get you out of your routine and out of the stressed out mode that you find yourself in.
Stress is part of our lives, but it can be controlled and managed with a little effort. Take a few minutes to quiet your mind, incorporate exercise, get in touch with nature, and schedule some fun to manage stress in a healthy, productive way!