Ways to Stress Less
1. Manage your time
Have a to-do list of things that need to be done for the day, and start with the most important. Remember that your schedule doesn’t need to be rigid and allow yourself some room for flexibility for other things that may come up.
2. Prepare for your day
Each night before you go to bed, take 10-15 minutes to prepare for the next day. Pack your lunch, get your work bag ready to go, and plan out your clothes. This will save tons of time in the morning and prevent you from having to rush out the door.
Try to get up and move around at least once every hour. Sneak in steps whenever you can, a 10-minute walk can be as beneficial as a 45-minute workout to relieve anxiety.
4. Enjoy nature and be creative
Spending time outside is a natural antidepressant. There is a calming effect of hearing the birds and feeling a breeze on your face. Take your lunch break outside, or walk around outside your office over your break.
5. Stop to enjoy the little things
Do your best to slow down and live in the moment. Enjoy the little things that make you happy each day, rather than always thinking ahead to the evening, tomorrow, or the weekend.
6. Take a deep breath
If you start to feel anxious, take five minutes to do some deep breathing. Slow breaths reduce stress and lower your blood pressure and heart rate.
7. Write it down
Journaling promotes reflection and helps you to organize your thoughts. Occasionally, write down what you are thankful for. Studies have shown that many benefits can come just from sharing and recognizing your gratitude.
Sleep is essential for your body to rest and recharge. Your brain can’t function properly when you are going on too little sleep.
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