Stress is at a high around the end of April and beginning of May. Between the essay deadlines and submission requests from our boss, it seems as though we are being pulled left and right simultaneously. If we are not careful, stress can get the better of us, leaving us burnt out and extremely tired. But do not worry! There are many ways to reduce and balance your stress, leaving you energized and focused on moving forward! Here are ten things you can easily do to reduce your stress levels!
1. Have a bath
Taking warm baths can help sooth your skin and put your mind at ease. Take it up a notch and read a book with lighted candles. Or you could even play around with colorful bath bombs! Whatever you do, indulging in a bath is sure to reduce your stress levels.
2. Do some art
Adult coloring books have been out for the last couple of years and have shown to help reduce stress tremendously. Some office workers even keep one in their drawers just in case they need five minutes of coloring to clear the mind! Take some time, five minutes or fifteen minutes even, to get crafty and declutter your mind.
3. Talk to a friend
Nothing feels greater than hearing the voice of a great friend, encouraging us to push forward and not give up. I personally love it when my friends make me laugh. Taking the time to have a chat can really uplift your spirit and lower the heavy weight of stress. Because sometimes all we need is that friend to say the right thing.
Studies show that exercising and breaking a sweat can decrease those high-stress levels. Yoga, pilates or just taking a ten-minute jog can give your body the relief it needs.
Taking a walk in the park, or just spending time with nature is an effective way to clear your mind and help sooth the heaviness that stress brings to our lives. There are times when fresh air, natural light, and nature can help us to deflate that everyday stress.
6. Listen to Music
Listening to some soft-jams or even that new song everyone can’t get enough of can bring a smile to your face while shrinking the stress carried throughout the day!
7. Have some tea
Sure, this may sound cliché, but having a hot cup of tea can bring a sense of calm to a storm. Nourishment for the body and peace for the mind!
8. Get enough sleep
Sleep is so important to our productivity and management. Not getting enough sleep contributes to high stress and anxiety levels. Make sure you are getting the hours your body needs in order to properly function throughout the day.
It’s been two months since I started incorporating meditation into my daily routine and I have noticed a difference in the way I approach my work and face stress. Studies show that people who meditate are seen to have reduced stress and have the ability to work efficiently. Being able to sit still for as little as ten minutes can make a difference in the way you view stress, which in turn creates a path for you to handle stress and take care of your mental health. Breathe in and breathe out!
10. Healthy snacks
Natural sugars and dark-leafy-green vegetables help your body stay functioning, healthy and productive! Eating healthy and mindfully is a natural way to reduce stress. Keeping this up is sure to improve ways of balancing work and reducing stress.
So be sure to take care of yourself. Even under stress, it is important to take time out for yourself!