“It’s that time of year…” where stress invades your every pore. Well - let’s be honest, that type of stress isn’t just reserved for a certain season. To be honest, there’s no predicting when an unmanageable amount of stress will add up. Although there is no way to know when you’ll become completely overwhelmed, there are plenty of ways to manage and reduce the impacts. Although these ideas may seem like common sense, constantly remind yourself to turn these recommendations into habits and you will be on your way to a stress-free lifestyle.
Get Enough Sleep
The first step to combatting stress is recharging your body and mind. Fatigue and exhaustion can cause you too think irrationally and stress over things that don’t normally bother you. Contrary to most beliefs, adults still need at least seven and a half to eight hours of sleep. If you have trouble sleeping this long at night, try taking a quick power nap during the day to fill the gap and reboot!
Another way we can single handedly reduce stress is by equipping our bodies with the tools it needs to run smoothly. The more we stress, the more our immune system takes a hit. Letting our “stress guard down” won’t be such a big deal if our body is healthy and ready to handle the physical changes it undergoes during tense times. Be mindful of what you eat starting with breakfast. Make a conscious effort to eat balanced meals!
Reduce Sugar/Caffeine Intake
Try your best to reduce these false high causing habits. We're all for a cup of coffee and the natural sugar in fruit, however don't over do it! The crash that results from too much caffeine or sugar is far more damaging than the benefits. Although giving up your second or third cup of Starbucks may feel daunting, in the end you will feel more relaxed and will sleep easier through the night!
Physical activity is a proven way to prevent and reduce stress. Don’t worry you don’t have to be a gym rat or star athlete to reap the benefits. Simply get moving—take your dog for a walk, or dance to some music while washing the dishes—just about anything can boost your mood and relieve some tension.
Find A Hobby
Spend more time doing what you love. Although many of us love our jobs, we also need to learn to separate our professional identities from our personal identities in order to leave work-related stress at work. The best way to do this is by finding a hobby. For most of us this just means thinking back to what we did when we actually had time for ourselves and making that personal time again.