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5 easy ways to majorly reduce stress in your daily life.
In our last post, we talked about identifying stress through the various symptoms and effects it can have on a person’s body and mind. To recap, the common indicators of stress are
- Trouble remembering things
- Racing thoughts as you try and fall asleep
- Short tempter
- Upset bowels
- Trouble staying asleep
- Nail biting, jittery limbs and other “nervous habits”
Did you keep a log of your feelings and symptoms? Were any of these on the list? A lot of them? If that’s the case, you are most likely living a daily life of chronic stress, which over time can have devastating effects on your physical health (not to mention your mental health).
After you have identified that you are indeed experiencing the effects of Chronic Stress, the next step is to alleviate these symptoms!
Here are Five easy ways to majorly reduce stress in your daily life.
1. Identify stressors.
This is the most important step of all, as identifying the things that stress you out in your life is the first step towards eliminating them. Take 10 minutes to think about what stresses you out during the day, or as previously suggested, keep a running list as you move through your week.
2. Reduce the feeling of “Being late” and “Hurrying.”
The pressure of being late causes an enormous amount of tension in our bodies, and our daily lives. We are all rushed, all busy, and it’s common for our daily activities to spiral until we feel we are late for everything. Being early (or just on time) can majorly reduce stress. But how do you achieve that? Start with setting your clocks and watch ten minutes fast. Even though you consciously know that you’ve done so, you’ll be surprised at the effect! Another smart trick is to limit your daily appointments/errands to two a day.
3. Quit Multitasking.
Having multiple tasks going on at the same time might seem productive, but in actuality it slows us down from ever finishing one task, and finishing it WELL. Lurking behind the completion of all your various tasks that you’re doing at the same time, is the GUILT that you haven’t given any of them your full attention…and that leads to stress within the body.
4. Just say NO.
This is particularly hard for the females of our species, but can be a habit for all people — saying Yes to too many things, too many people, and constantly agreeing to show up or contribute to things you don’t want to.
It IS hard to say no, at first. But once you make a practice and habit of doing so, you’ll find you have more time for yourself, and more happiness in your daily life. Of course you still show up, participate and contribute to things – but just not everything under the sun!
5. Get some gentle Exercise. Exercise is a common prescriptive for stress relief, and that’s because it works. Unfortunately, many Type A, over-achievers with busy schedules, they approach exercise as something they must do intensively and focus on “top performance” rather than stress relief. All exercise has merits, but pushing yourself too hard at the gym causes physical exhaustion and can actually add stress. Don’t feel the need to “prove something” every time you work out. Try giving yourself permission to get some gentle exercise everyday and feel the tension and stress melt away. t