Setting clear timelines and priorities will help eliminate unexpected complications from daily events and create a sense of empowerment and control.
2. Work it Off.
A regular exercise program provides both physical and mental benefits. Physically, exercise helps release stress relieving hormones. Mentally, the time can serve as an important refuge in the hustle and bustle of daily life.
3. Develop Strategies.
Stress in never completely avoidable. To help deal with life’s stressful situations, take some time to develop strategies to deal with unexpected moments. Whether it’s having a backup ride for the kids or a Plan for dinner, simple strategies will go a long way to simplifying and deconstructing stressful situations.
4. Take 5.
Everyone needs some quiet time during a busy day. The “Take 5” rule works in both an organized and an unorganized way. Building in small segments of quiet time will allow time to catch your breath and review daily goals. Being able to detach from an unexpected situation, even for a few minutes, will provide valuable respite and a fresh point of view.
5. Set Realistic Goals.
Nobody likes to fail. Yet, one of the fundamental failings of modern goal setters is a tendency to set overreaching, potentially unattainable goals. Keep daily goals well focused, task oriented, and realistic.
6. Take a Nap.
Studies have shown that even short 15 or 20 minute nap breaks markedly improve mood, outlook, and stress-handling ability1.
7. Stay Involved.
Boredom creates stress. Keep your days interesting and varied with a little preplanning. Hobbies, friends, and activities can all play a role.
8. Eat Well.
Poor nutrition both alters biochemical profiles, leading to feelings of exhaustion and stress, and also heightens poor body image, reinforcing these negative emotions. A balanced diet can help avoid these negative impacts.
Personal recreation is a vital part of stress management. Spend some time each day engaged in activities you find enjoyable and fulfilling. Whether it’s spending 20 minutes walking, curling up with a book or magazine, or just people watching at a café, personal time will leave you refreshed and feeling positive.
Social connections are fundamental to the human experience. Seek out connections with like minded individuals or groups to improve your sense of social connection.