1. One Thing at a Time
Slow things down a bit. Life is stressful by default. There’s no reason you need to add to natural stress by trying to do a million things at one time. Make a list of what needs to get done and prioritize it. Mark off tasks as you complete them toto see your stress reduce each time you check off an item. Ditch the unnecessary tasks from your list. Simplify your life to manage your stress.
2. Work Out Your Worries
Exercise is a wonderful stress reliever. When you work out, your body releases endorphins, which are your body’s own feel-good chemicals. Some people get a natural high from working out. Aside from the rush during and after a workout, regular exercise reduces anxiety levels and increases your brain function. Plus, taking time out of a busy day to do something positive for yourself contributes to stress reduction. Exercise for at least half an hour, three times a week to benefit from it.
3. Nurture Your Body to Keep Stress at Bay
When you’re feeling under the weather, everything seems that much more difficult to deal with. Taking good care of your body is a great bet against stress. Adequate sleep is crucial. You’ve probably noticed your mood shifting unexpectedly when you’re exhausted. Get more sleep it’ll help. At least 7 hours of sleep at night is necessary for your health. Good nutrition can really make a difference in your mood, your energy levels and your ability to be productive throughout the day. Last, but certainly not least, stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Keep a water bottle at your side and drink at least 64 ounces a day.
4. Breathe, and Just Be
You might picture funky yoga positions when someone mentions meditation for stress relief. The truth is, relaxing meditations can be done anywhere. Paying attention to your breathing is a very simple meditation. You can do it without anyone noticing. You simply appear to be taking a moment of quiet for yourself. By noticing your breathing and focusing on both the slow inhale and long exhale, you can clear your mind of any clutter or worries that are stressing you out.
5. Fun Isn’t a Four Letter Word
Life isn’t all fun and games, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and play games. People who have fun tend to have much lower stress levels. Carve out time to do things that you like. It can seem tedious to take time out of a busy schedule for a hobby, but when you reduce your stress levels, you become more productive overall. If you don’t have a hobby, get one. Take a class to learn something new. Join a recreational sports team. Volunteering to do something you love has the added benefit of feeling good about helping someone else. Pick something and give it a shot.
About this Author
Anna E. Dyer, BA, LMT, CN, has 10 years of experience as a natural healer and freelance writer. She has counseled hundreds of clients and published numerous written works on natural health, holistic nutrition and various fitness methods. Dyer currently writes a feature article for a women’s fitness magazine and is completing her first book.