5 Effective Tips for Reducing Daily Stress in Your Life
By Contributing Author: Helen Sanders
We all encounter stress in our lives at one point or another. Acute stress, which happens for short periods of time due to a major incident such as an accident or personal issue is completely normal.
However, long term or chronic stress – the type that people feel day in and day out over a significant period of time – can result in numerous prolonged health issues.
It may seem like there is no hope when it comes to daily stress. Afterall, bills keep piling up, work deadlines are never ending and family responsibilities will continue to be demanding. It can be hard to stop it all getting on top of you. However, you actually have more control than you may realize. In fact, stress management is all about asserting control over your thoughts, your emotions and how you deal with problems.
Smart habits for dealing with stress play a key role in effectively managing your anxiety levels and can be a major factor in leading a more relaxed life.
There are a number of effective ways to reduce daily stress in your life. In this article, I’m going to share some of the techniques that worked best for me. You may be surprised by the results!
#1 – Take One Thing at a Time
It is all too easy to become overwhelmed by life’s responsibilities. After all, in today’s fast paced society, most of us have more than one task to deal with at a time!
However, you will feel much better if you separate everything out and deal with one thing at a time. Focusing on one thing you have to do or one area of your life at a time rather than trying to keep numerous plates spinning at once will help lower your daily stress levels.
#2 – Write it Down!
I am the kind of person who gets stressed easily. This is often because I get easily distracted and end up running out of time to finish everything. The only way I can help focus myself and keep on track is to write everything down.
You can keep note of tasks you need to do both at work and at home and even ideas or questions you may need to remind yourself of later. This way you can stop chasing your tail and stressing yourself out because you forgot to pick your kids up from soccer practice (really, it’s Thursday again already?) or because you can’t remember that really important thing you needed to ask Susie in accounting!
#3 – Don’t Be So Dramatic
From time to time, when I get stressed out I can be a bit of a drama queen and make mountains out of molehills. Often we build something up in our minds, blowing a situation or problem way out of proportion or even create a problem out of thin air.
Just take a deep breath and think to yourself “will this be a problem or make a difference to my life next year? Or even next week?” If not, then simmer down!
#4 – Allow Yourself Some Me Time at Least Once a Day
It doesn’t matter what works best for you, but you should allow yourself some peaceful moments of meditation at least once a day. Granted, you don’t need to attain the lotus position on top of your desk “om-ing” for an hour a day, but you should take at least 5 or 10 minutes to clear your mind and get perspective.
Whether it’s allowing 10 extra minutes in a hot shower before work, or 5 quiet minutes of alone time with some essential oil at your desk, giving yourself those moment of relaxation will help you gather your thoughts, reevaluate the day ahead and get perspective moving forward – all of which can help reduce stress.
#5 – Set Clear Boundaries
This one is super important and is one of the top causes of daily stress. You must have an equal balance between work and rest. Having your life out of balance is the quickest way to stress yourself out.
Therefore, you must give yourself boundaries and stick to them. You won’t work before this time in the morning and you won’t work after this time in the evening.
It’s all too easy to get caught up staying behind for that extra meeting, rushing out to get an early start on paperwork but that cuts into your home time which is just as important.
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About The Author
Helen Sanders is the creator of www.HealthAmbition.com and is passionate about sharing simplified and actionable health and nutrition advice for regular people on the go!