We all feel it sometimes: head aching, nail biting, bad mood making STRESS. It is a part of life and unavoidable at times. Stress can lead to physical and mental health problems, bad habits, and damaging behaviors. There are plenty of ways to de-stress when our workload, relationships, or even social obligations get a little too overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you cope when life is stressing you out.
Exercising is one of my favorite ways to de-stress. It helps you feel better about yourself and makes you feel good about accomplishing something. Exercising releases endorphins (chemicals that activate your body’s opiate receptors) and basically tells your brain to relax and stop hurting. Exercising helps clear your mind and focus on a single task, helping you get rid of daily tensions. In the end it makes you more confident, healthier, and less stressed. It’s a win-win!
TAKE SOME ME TIME
Everyone should take at least 30 minutes each day to themselves. I live by this. Turn off your phone, tablet, and other devices and just step away from the world for a moment. Take a nice warm soak in the bubbly tub, play an instrument or dance, draw or paint something, read a book, sit outside, take a walk in the park, meditate, spend time on an activity or hobby that you enjoy. My personal favorite is taking a scenic drive and listening to music. READ this article for ideas on how to find time for yourself.
Wake up early and take some time for yourself in the morning if you are a morning person. If you are not a morning person, take some time later in the day. Put your health and happiness over anything else. When you start your work day, tackle the most difficult tasks first and get them out of the way. You will feel more accomplished and be able to relax a little knowing you haven’t procrastinated and all that’s left are the easy tasks. You will not dread the afternoon or end of the day. You will not have to stress yourself out by running around last minute or staying late at the office. READ this article on prioritizing when everything is a priority.
FOOD IS FUEL
Make sure you don’t skip breakfast or lunch. Eat those two important meals even if they are light. Bring healthy snacks to use as a reward or just to keep your brain power and blood sugar from getting low. Studies have shown that sweet foods and drinks decrease the production of the stress-related hormone glucocorticoid. So stash a bag of Hershey Kisses or other small bite size sweet in your desk for when you feel like you need a little boost. Don’t go crazy and eat the whole bag. Just one is enough. Chewing gum has also been shown to help reduce stress. I know it helps me cut down on biting my nails when I start feeling stressed and more confident speaking with a client after morning coffee or lunch.
Follow these tips to help you be healthy, happy, and stress free!
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