7 Simple Tips to Manage Daily Stress
"Hello, old friend." If that's how you feel about stress, you are not alone!
Stress, by definition, is the body's reaction to change. It's natural, normal, and an unavoidable part of our everyday lives. While we cannot control the world and people around us that cause us stress, we can control how we respond to and manage it. Here are 7 simple tips that will help you master your daily stress management.
1. Get Enough Sleep
This one is a no-brainer. If you don't get a good night's sleep, you are likely to be irritable and highly reactive to stress. Prioritizing sleep will make you better equipt to get through your busy days.
2. Exercise Regularly
Exercise is known to release endorphins that can enhance your mood, which can help you to respond better to stress. Whether you prefer running, yoga, cycling, or just walking the dog, incorporating some form of exercise into your daily routine has many benefits.
3. Eat a Balanced Diet
You know your body well enough to know what foods make you feel good and which ones make you feel sluggish. Creating a diet around what helps you feel your best will help you fight off stress and maintain more energy throughout the day.
4. Find Inner Peace
Whether it's meditation, journaling, or time with friends, find the activities that help you feel at peace and practice them regularly. This will help you find a sense of calm that focuses your mind and body, helping to internalize and deal with stress.
5. Limit Your Indulgences
Did someone say "wine o'clock"? We fully support life's small indulgences, like sipping red wine, savoring dark chocolate, or sharing a savory meal with a loved one. It's important to enjoy these things while we can, but it's also important to not overdo it which can lead us to feel tired, foggy, and more receptive to stress.
6. Get Outside
The great outdoors is known to have a positive effect on our health and wellbeing, which in turn can help us better manage stress. Take in fresh air and sunlight when you can by reserving 10 minutes of your lunch break for a walk or moving your morning yoga session to the yard. Too cold? Even a short walk with the dog can help.
7. Connect With Loved Ones
In today's 24/7 world, it's too easy to push time with friends and family down on the priority list to ensure we get everyone on our To-Do list completed. But, spending quality time with our loved ones is one of the best ways to help manage stress. Not only can you share your concerns with those who want to listen, but you will also feel connected to others and know you are not alone.