10 Ways To Reduce Your Stress Today
Stress is just one of those things in life that can’t be avoided, whatever your lifestyle. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by your current situation. It’s not so easy to shake it off.
Whatever your working situation. Whatever your relationship status. Whatever your personal life. At some point, stress is going to catch up with you. It’s inevitable.
Stress can affect your life in many ways, physically and mentally, and although you can’t stop yourself from experiencing it, you can limit its ability to take hold, simply by changing a few things in your daily routine.
So, from one stress head to another, here’s my simple guide to limiting stress and bringing mindfulness and balance into your daily life.
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1. Wake Up Earlier
I know this one is difficult, especially if you’re not a morning person. But, honestly, waking up half an hour earlier makes all the difference! Instead of hitting snooze 4-5 times and lying half awake waiting with sheer panic for the second your alarm goes off again, just get out of bed.
Use that extra morning time to so be productive and prepare for your day ahead. Have an extra cup of coffee. Read a chapter of your book. Spend more time on your hair. Life is too short to be rushing around like a headless chicken every morning.
2. Create A Calming Morning Routine
Now that you’ve got yourself out of bed a little earlier, why don’t you plan out a morning routine that fits your schedule and ensures that you start your day off right? Remember that your morning paves the way for the rest of your day so make it a productive, enjoyable one! It will make all the difference.
Plus, in my experience, it’s easier to wake up when you have something exciting to wake up to! Check out my morning routine for tips and inspirations.
Exercise is a brilliant stress reliever, whether you want to believe it or not. You may think that taking an hour out of your busy schedule to workout will put you off doing tasks, hinder your progress and ultimately cause you more stress, but that is not the case.
An hour workout session will skyrocket your energy levels, leave you feeling super productive and at the same time is a healthy outlet for your stress, leaving you in a better mood.
Like exercise, meditation is another great stress reliever, amongst other things. Whether you meditate for 3 minutes or whether you meditate for 30 minutes, it can do wonders for your stress levels.
Simply take 5-10 minutes out of your day to declutter and calm your mind. Focus on your breathing and allow all thoughts to skip away. The best thing about meditation is that you can do it anywhere! Take a look at my Guide To Meditation for tips.
5. Declutter Your Space
One thing that is sure to send my stress levels through the roof is clutter. If there’s too much going on in the room, it sends my brain into overdrive. Have you ever spring cleaned your house and then felt instant satisfaction when it was done? It’s almost like you’ve spring cleaned your mind, as well as your home!
Plus, when your home is clean and clutter free, it’s one less thing to worry about!
6. Control Your Schedule
This is probably the biggest mistake everybody makes, myself included. Overloading our daily to-do lists with the things that we want to get done, all the while forgetting that there are not enough hours in the day to get them all done. Major stress alert!
The lesson that I’ve learned over the years is to minimise my tasks throughout the day. Limit yourself to doing the important tasks and then if you have the time and energy, maybe carry out the least important tasks later on.
Remember, life is unpredictable and sometimes things crop up out of nowhere. It’s better to have the room for them than to stress out because every hour of your day is booked up.
7. Spend Time In Nature
Spending time outside in the fresh air is healing for the mind, body and soul. It’s an instant mood lifter. It doesn’t have to be complicated! Go for a walk. Sit under a tree. Have your morning coffee in the garden.
Just be one with nature for a little while. Close your eyes and imagine your worries being carried off with the wind. Take in the beauty around you and let nature remind you that everything will work out.
8. Just Say No
As a self confessed people pleaser, this was always my downfall. I was constantly agreeing to do things I didn’t want or have the time to do, and then I’d end up sacrificing the things I wanted to do. It was almost as if no wasn’t even in my vocabulary. This is self-sabotage on a major scale.
'No' is not a bad word. Saying 'no' won’t kill you. People aren’t going to think you’re a horrible person because you’ve said no (and if they do, do you really want to be friends with them?).
Learn to say no in a respectful and honest way and you will have the freedom to do the things you love and have time for. My inspiration (and the kick in the ass that I needed) was The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**k by Sarah Knight.
9. Create A Peaceful Evening Routine
My evening routine is the favourite part of my day, and is possibly the reason I still have my sanity. There’s nothing like a relaxing, zen AF evening routine to help you unwind after a stressful day!
It’s easy to let your evenings pass you by, so instead of scrolling through Netflix or falling down an Instagram rabbit hole, schedule your evenings to fit your lifestyle. Set yourself up for the next day. Have a nice long bath. Do some yoga. Read a book. The night is all yours!
10. Get More Sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep is vital for our health. Stop trying to get enough sleep, actually follow through with it! Also, don’t make excuses as to why you should stay up. Getting enough sleep every night should be non-negotiable. Who wants to go through their day like a zombie anyway?!
I hope this post helped you in some way! What things do you do to relieve your stress levels? Please let me know in the comments below!
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