Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Stress is something that will always be apart of your life; it’s how you deal with it that will make or break your day.
Below are a few tips I utilize that are beneficial for reducing the effects of stress on your mind, body, and life.
1. Get enough rest, eat a balanced diet, and stay hydrated.
I know your life is busy and you’re always on the go, with no time to sleep, eat healthy, or even grab a glass of water, however, it’s important to stay on top of all three.
Ending your busy day with rest and relaxation is vital for being rejuvenated the next day. You need about 7-8 hours of sleep every night for your body to properly heal itself and to have enough mental clarity/energy for your entire day.
Always drink plenty of water (there’s a debate on how much water to consume daily, so let’s just say drink water when you’re thirsty, skip the soda), and eat fruits/vegetables with each meal, as vitamins and hydration also help with energy levels. It makes for an easier day if you are alert and energized.
2. Get organized.
Stay on top of your work load.
Focus on one thing at a time. Stay in the present moment.
Make a list of things you need to do for the day. Prioritize with what you know you can get done the easiest, and what’s most important. Once you start your list, focus on the task at hand. Don’t worry about the other tasks on the list.
Stay grounded and focused only on the specific task you're currently working on; this will allow for less pressure and less worry. Each time you accomplish a task on the list, mark it off and smile. Tell yourself “Great job, I did it!” It’s important to compliment yourself. Be your own cheerleader. Get that positivity flowing.
3. Talk to your life coach, friends, and family.
Sometimes just venting to a caring ear can help calm our nerves. Talking it out with a life coach can provide you with expanded solutions, clarity, as well as accountability. They are non-judgmental and non-biased.
Friends and family can also be a good source for support. Even if they do not provide any solutions, just hearing the comfort of a loved one’s voice can provide relief.
Being able to share your struggles with someone who cares about your well-being can be a mood-changer and life-saver.
4. Write down any thoughts that make you anxious and challenge them.
Any time you feel anxious, write down exactly what’s making you feel this way. For every negative thought that’s written down, back it up with a positive one, or two, or three.
Example: Negative thought: “I’m never going to get this blog written in time.”
Positive thought: "I will finish my blog tonight an hour before bed. I will set an alarm, stop what I’m doing, and write it. It will get finished on time. I can do this. I'm going to accomplish this.”
Read the positive thoughts out loud.
Claim them, demand them, own them!
5. Find time for yourself. Self-care.
Take a 15-minute break from your adult duties (more than once a day if you can) to read, listen to music, go for a walk etc. Do anything that takes your mind off work and your stresses. Do something that you enjoy that’s just for you. Taking time out of your busy day for self-care is a much needed stress-reliever. It reminds us that life is still enjoyable even when our day is hectic.
No one is without stress.
Unfortunately, there isn't a magic genie that can grant a wish of getting rid of it. All you can do is accept stress as a part of life and utilize positive ways to handle it.
Remember that every day isn’t going to be peachy, but the ones that are amazing sure make-up for the not-so-good ones.
Don’t let stress ruin your life…take control of your thoughts and know that you can and you will overcome any stresses you may have. You’ve got this!
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