5 Tips to Manage Your Stress
Each one of us has experienced stress in our lives. Stress can come when we have planned changes (i.e. getting married) or with unexpected situations (i.e. getting laid off). It can be positive since it can motivate us to meet a deadline or finish a project. It can give us that push to get things done. However, too much of it can negatively impact our bodies and our performance.
Modern life can be stressful between work, family responsibilities, traffic, bills, etc. When our daily routines are over-scheduled with responsibilities, it is natural to feel stressed out and overwhelmed. When stress is experienced daily, it can start wearing down our bodies and we can develop diseases through time.
Here are a few tips on how to manage stress:
- Prioritize. Prioritize the most important tasks/projects, delegate what you can and say “no” to the rest. By prioritizing, you’ll have a lot more energy to expend on the things that you love to do and that are needed to reach your goals. If you say “yes” to each request, your energy will be depleted. It’s not possible to say “yes” to everything and everyone without sacrificing your own happiness and sanity. Before saying “yes”, ask yourself, “Does this help me reach my goals?” or “Does this feel right?” Listen to your gut instinct. If you are not sure, let the person know that you will get back to them with an answer within a specific time frame.
- Learn to say “no”. Many of us feel guilty when we say “no” to someone’s request. However, saying “no” doesn’t mean you are selfish. There is only so much that you can do. If you don’t take care of your health and stress levels, you won’t be able to be there for your family or friends. So, it’s OK to kindly say, “I appreciate that you thought of me, but I can’t take on this project right now.”
- Take breaks & breathe. When we are busy going from task to task, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Practice taking 1 or 2 minute breaks throughout your day, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. By doing this, you’ll clear your mind and reset your body. If you forget to do this, put alarms on your phone as reminders.
- Laugh. Don’t take life too seriously. Pause and laugh over little things. Life is meant to be fun. To put things in perspective, you can ask yourself, “Five years from now, will I remember this?” If the answer is “no”, then let it go and find the humor within the situation. Or at the very least, distract yourself from the situation and look at funny YouTube videos.
- Move your body. I know, I know. You are busy and don’t have time. But in reality, we all have time to do this. For example, you can take 5 minutes in the morning and stretch your body. During your work day, you can take 5 minute breaks and go for walks outside. You can park a little further away so that you can walk more. Or you can take the stairs instead of the elevator. You get the point. By moving your body more, it will help reset your body & mind, improves health, and helps you feel so much better afterwards. Your body will thank you for it!
So let’s commit to managing our stress in a healthier way. Leave a comment below to share your thoughts. Which one of these are you committing to doing? Or if you have another idea that is not listed, write it as well under the comments section.