Your life is busy. Each day is full of things that need to be done whether you like it or not. The world doesn’t slow down for you to catch up on work or so you can get to sleep earlier tonight. No one wants to be stressed out, but it seems to happen to everyone at some point or another. Managing stress is crucial to living an extraordinary life. In order to thrive in your daily life, stress management is a skill that you need to master. Whether your stress comes from school, work, relationships, or anything else for that matter, these tips should help you relax a little. The best part about these tips is that they are easy! Implement these into your daily life and you will realize life doesn’t have to be so stressful all the time.
1. Take some time to yourself
Don’t be afraid to remove yourself from whatever is causing stress. If other people are the source of your stress, then give yourself some alone time. Gather your thoughts, take a deep breath, and just relax. You’ll be surprised at how much this reduces stress.
2. Listen to Music
Listening to music is a great stress reliever. Find yourself songs that make you think deeply. The closer you listen to the music, the less you’ll be thinking about your problems. Music can be used as a temporary escape from all this stress in your life. Music can change your mood from stressed to happy within minutes.
3. Organize your Tasks
If having a million things to do stresses you out, then you need to change your approach to how you look at your list of tasks. Don’t look at all of your tasks at once. This is overwhelming. Break your tasks down one by one. Try not to move onto the next task until your first task is completed. If all of your tasks can’t be completed in one day, then don’t think about tomorrow’s tasks until tomorrow. Focus only on today’s tasks.
Exercise is key to reducing stress. It may be the most important technique on this list. Try exercising before attempting to knock out a pile of work. It will help you narrow in, focus, and allows you to be as productive as possible.
If you don’t have time to go to the gym, that’s okay. Even a five minute break of running up a flight of stairs will work. Other good exercises include pushups and sit-ups. Exercise releases anti-stress hormones that allow you to return to work with a clear conscious.
5. Leisure Time
No matter how jam-packed your schedule is, never forget about leisure time. If you have lots to get done make sure you plan out your day accordingly. Include time for relaxing in between tasks. Running around all day without ever relaxing maximizes stress levels. Give yourself twenty minutes here and there to just sit back and relax. Check out social media or watch some tv. Reading is a good option too!
6. Put things in Perspective
Put everything that causes you stress in perspective. Think on the big scale. On a scale of 1-10 how bad are your problems? Could it be worse? Thinking like this makes you realize most of your problems aren’t really that bad.
A major factor of stress is not getting enough sleep. Make sure to get a good night sleep each night. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep. 8 hours is usually what I recommend. A good night sleep will help you wake up recharged and ready to conquer stress. Health is important, so don’t ever put your daily tasks above your health. It’s not worth it!
Next time you’re stressed out try using some of these techniques. They will make a huge difference. If you liked this post make sure to subscribe!