National Stress Awareness Day is on the first Wednesday of November. This day is dedicated to directing your daily routine in a more stress free way. We all deal with stress, whether it is in the form of meeting deadlines, hauling your kids to their many activities, making sure your bills are paid on time, your commute to and from work, eating healthy while also saving money, and so many other important things. Here are 10 easy ways to mitigate the stress in your daily routine!
- Change your environment (Ex: Take a walk outside on lunch break, stand instead of sit at your desk, have employees engage in a fun activity together, etc.)
- Talk it out (Ex: Voicing your stresses can help by realizing you’re not alone, or that they are not as detrimental as you thought.)
- Get your rest (Ex: Restful sleep can be hard to get when you are stressed. Make sure that your bedroom is relaxing, with no reminders of stresses. Sleep should be restful, not stressful.)
- Avoid the over caffeinated lifestyle (Ex: Caffeine is a stimulant, this means it will actually increase your level of stress rather than reduce it.)
- Keep a stress diary (Ex: A stress diary helps you become more aware of what causes your stress, which enables you to develop better coping mechanisms.)
- Manage your time (Ex: Not all to-do lists are attainable. Accept that you can not do everything at once, and start to prioritize your tasks. This will help with the overwhelmed feelings.)
- Learn to say “No” (Ex: Most of us stretch ourselves too thin. When you have too much to handle, allow yourself to say, “I can’t commit to this task right now, I have other priorities”.)
- Take control (Ex: When you learn how to problem solve on a daily basis, most stress will become a challenge rather than a defeat. Write out steps to conquer your tasks at hand.)
- Get physical (Ex: By incorporating physical activity into your daily routine, you will improve the quality of your sleep, thus giving you the restful sleep we listed before.)
- Relax (Ex: Whether it is by a self-affirming mantra, yoga, or a good book, you should take a little time to relax every day. Allow your body time to recuperate for the next day.)
Did you know?
Facing constant stress can cause a rise in blood pressure, as well as irritable bowel syndrome, and other serious health issues. While stress is something we all struggle with, be careful not to confuse stress with anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety, speak with your doctor a treatment or management plan including whether you need medication.
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