Here are 30 things you can do to conquer your stress.
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Get 8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is the bodies opportunity to rest and repair. When we do not get enough sleep, we deprive our bodies the time to heal. Even your phone and computer need to shut off sometimes. Press restart on your brain!
4. Be Social
Loneliness is known to intensify stress. Even if you do not want to see anyone or leave the house it is critical for you to spend time with your friends or family. You can (hopefully) talk to your, friends and family about how you are feeling or what gets you down. They will be understanding and likely be going through the same thing. Its healing to express your feelings. Vice versa, if someone comes to you telling you they are down and out listen to them. Listen and encourage them. Recognition, compliments, and encouragement go a long way to boost self-esteem and decrease stress.
5. Eat a Healthy Diet
When we get stressed, we tend to “comfort eat”. This means snacking and snacking on foods that are not the greatest for your health. If you are stressed, be more mindful of what you are eating and how often. Begin to replace the bag to chips with carrot sticks. Unhealthy food and stress are like the chicken or the egg scenario. You get stressed so you eat junk food, then the body isn’t getting the proper nutrients, so it becomes stressed.
Just cut out the bad and replace it with highly nutritious food to avoid this situation. Plus you want to avoid any unhealthy weight gain.
6. Aerobic Exercise
Cardio, such as running or cycling, releases endorphins that make you happy and decreases stress. Even just a short amount of cardio a few times a week will make a huge impact. Try for 30 minutes 3 times a week.
7. Do Not Smoke
Smoking is out. No one should be smoking anymore. There are so many alternatives and techniques to quit smoking. Ditch the cigarettes.
8. Try Not to Drink
Once in awhile is alright, but do not make a habit of it.
There are a lot of mediation apps out there now. They all very in time. You can spend a short 5 minutes per day to self-reflect and meditate. Meditation can help you slow down and re-calibrate.
12. Slow Down
Sometimes we are just going too fast. You have meetings, kids, appointments, errands, etc. Just stop and take a breath. Dedicate some time each week to do nothing. I know it sounds silly, but if you are the type of person who is always busy, doing nothing can be tough. Putting it on your calendar and doing nothing can have huge benefits. Your “nothing” session can be anything you want that does not involve work. Maybe it is taking a stroll outside, sitting on a bench and people watching, or just laying around. Do nothing!
13. Stop Taking Things Seriously
Nothing should be taken seriously unless yourself or someone you love is in danger. Work should not be taken seriously (unless you deal with life or death). Things going on in the outside world should not be taken seriously. Politics specifically should not be taken seriously. Do not allow random things in your environment to take over your thought space if it is not impacting your life directly.
14. Accept the Things You Cannot Control
You can only control yourself and yourself only. Do not waste time or energy trying to control others or the situation. You can only control how YOU handle the situation. Once you switch your focus inward, things will seem easier.
Whenever you feel like you are overwhelmed, anxious, or frustrated just get up and walk around. If you are at work, you can just walk outside for a few minutes. At home you can walk around the yard or the block. A quick walk can help you calm down and come back to the situation fresh.
16. Relax Your Muscles
Stress tends to make us tighten or clench our muscles. Some of us hold stress in our backs, jaw, legs, or arms.
Some methods to relaxing your muscles can be:
17. Try Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy does not always work for everyone, but you should definitely give it a shot. I have a small diffuser on my desk that I put lavender, eucalyptus, or ylang ylang in. The diffuser is nice because you can control what you put into it and how strong you want the smells to be. Aromatherapy puts me in a better mood and decreases my stress.
18. Get a Hobby
It can be anything you like! I recently picked up blogging!
19. Put “Fun” on Your Schedule
Carve out part of your day to do something fun! I put it in my work calendar (as a private appointment) to leave my desk and do something fun daily. It can be anything you like to do such as read, exercise, paint, draw, watch a tv show, etc. It helps you mentally and it gives you something to be excited about every day.
20. Create an Effective Daily To-Do List
Create an effective to-do list with all your daily priorities. List out the things that must be done on each day and work down your list. Do not add fluff or miscellaneous tasks. Just priorities. Once you get your priorities handled for the day you can work on other less important things.
21. Ignore Your Emails
Emails can be super distracting. One study showed that once your focus on a task is broken it can take 15 minutes to refocus on the task you were working on. Email tends to be the distractor throw us off our game. Time addressing the distractions can add up and result in us not completing important tasks which cause us to be stressed.
If you have a strong to-do list, the emails will decrease. This is especially true with work. Once you have your to-do list down pact you will be responding to those emails with “done!”. I put on my calendar when to check work and personal email. It is usually only twice a day.
25. Clean Your House or Workspace
Cleaning can be a huge stress reliever! It distracts you from the negative things in your world, it produces immediate results, and you have a better living and work environment. I really believe in messy house messy brain.
26. Get a Dog, Cat or Other Furry Friend
All animals care about is you. Spending time with them is not only their favorite thing in the whole world, but it also drastically reduces your stress. There are such things as emotional support animals for a reason. Now that we work from home, whenever I am having a stressful day I just talk to and pet my dog, Chloe. She is a “chorkie” (Chihuahua Yorkie), and she loves to cuddle. Having her lay on my lap definitely puts me in my happy place.
27. Get Professional Help
Go to your doctor! You should never feel hesitant or ashamed to seek medical help. Almost everyone has some level of mental health issue these days. It does not hurt to talk about it with your doctor. They can offer helpful and homeopathic suggestions on managing stress. I talk to my family doctor about my stress, ADD, and anxiety. They are immensely helpful and supportive.
28. Ask Your Doctor About Supplements
There are a few different supplements that can help reduce stress if they are okayed by your doctor.
29. Eliminate Negativity from Your Life
This can be exceedingly difficult especially when the negativity is a person. Negativity is very contagious (I would argue that its more contagious than COVID). If the negative person is unavoidable for instance someone at work or school, then there is a lot of literature out there that will teach you how to deal with difficult people.
30. Be in the “Now”
I know it is very clique, but life is short. There is going to be a moment when you are elderly, and you will think back and reminisce of your younger years. You do not want to waste life feeling anxious and frustrated. You need to enjoy the time you have while you have it. Be happy with the now and all the goodness surrounding you. Even now I think back about the wonder years. “Ugh I wish I were in college again” and “I wish I were in my mid-twenties again”. In college and in my mid-twenties I was going through stress but looking back it was not a big deal. It was not something that I should have responded to at the time. There is no better time than now.
Even if you follow all these techniques you will not see changes in a day. Humans find comfort is daily routines. When routines are broken (even bad ones) our bodies go through an adjustment period. Everybody is different in that some people will start to feel better in a couple weeks, while some can take months. You must start somewhere and the sooner you start to make positive changes in your life the sooner you will feel better and be healthier.
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