The Best Small Daily Tips To Help Manage Stress

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Without the reward of a post-week, poolside margarita, stress can really compound. Especially as September is just as important as a new year, and there’s a lot going on. Add these ten little tricks to your daily schedule to stay stress-free, year round.

#1 Morning Rituals

Mornings set the tone for the day. Brew tea, set an intention or move through a quick morning workout. Getting into a daily wake-up routine primes you for the day, making it easier to combat stressful situations.

#2 Start Work Right

Before you start your work day create a to-do list of everything you want to accomplish. Visualizing achievable goals helps focus and relax your mind, the perfect way to keep stress away.

#3 Decaffeinate

Drinking caffeine can increase your body’s production of cortisol, a stress hormone. Top off your regular coffee with decaf, slowly increasing the ratio of decaf to regular.

#4 Mid-Day Move

Dance break anyone? Put on some music and dance around, take a walk, or simply take the stairs! Moving your body pumps up your endorphins, which has serious stress-busting powers.

#5 Learn To Say “No”

Work stress comes from accepting too many projects. Learn your limits and how to honestly communicate them with your peers and superiors.

#6 Space Out

Daydreaming is the mind’s equivalent to a vacation in Bora Bora. Set a timer for five minutes and let yourself drift.

#7 Give Yourself A Mini Hand Massage

Take a break from typing and rub your thumb in a circular motion on the opposite hand’s palm. Use a drop of lavender, a calming essential oil, to make the massage even more relaxing. You can also do this with your ear lobe, a little massage seems to instantly relieve stress. It’s nice.

#8 Notice When Stress Is Coming

We all experience stress differently, learn what triggers you and take a moment to relax before each situation. It’s best to catch stressful situations early, says anxiety expert and clinical psychologist Tamar Chansky. “Once stress escalates, it becomes tougher to let it go.” So tell yourself you know it’s coming and be prepared to deal with it.

#9 Leave Work At Work

Before leaving for the day revisit your to-do list, cross off all your accomplishments, and make a new list for tomorrow. Feeling prepared can help keep off any stress and allow you leave work at work.

Written by Molly Shephard

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  • Helene Vlacho

    Great ways to distress our self after or during the work. I am trying to get used to drink caffeinated coffee when i need more than 2 coffees per day.

  • Camille Beygui

    Great tips

  • Sian

    A midday move and hand massage are now on my list of things to try! I’m already loving the thought of having a boogie at lunch time, haha :-)

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