Stress is an unavoidable part of everyday life. While some stress is healthy, studies show that constant, unrelieved stress negatively impacts our minds and bodies. If you devote time every day to managing your stress, you will improve your ability to focus, problem-solve, and succeed.
You can create a doable, effective stress-management system with the help of these eight guidelines:
Get Adequate Rest: Lack of sleep is one of the most common causes of stress. You need and deserve ample time to recharge so that you can face the challenges of your day with a clear head. Doctors recommend 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. There is a difference between pushing yourself to succeed and ignoring your body’s cries for help! If you are sick, take time off so that you can recover quickly.
Limit Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine: While coffee and cigarettes may feel like they help you get through the day, consume them with caution. Overdoing caffeinated drinks and nicotine can increase your stress levels, raise your blood pressure, and interrupt your concentration. Alcohol may seem like a great way to relax, but it also puts strain on the body that can affect your performance the next day. Staying hydrated with water, tea, and probiotic beverages will help you stay calm and clear-headed.
Connect with Someone: You are not alone in your stress. A friend or mentor can provide a sympathetic ear, as well as share helpful stress-relieving tips.
Get Active: Stress is often accompanied by a rush of adrenaline. Physical activity is a productive, effective way to channel and release this built-up energy. Take walks or stretch breaks when you feel stressed. If you make time in your schedule for physical activity at least three times a week, you will improve your blood pressure and circulation. By working out your body, you reduce headaches associated with stress as well as improve your overall well-being.
Try Relaxation Techniques: Create time in your day to relax. Use this time to practice relaxation techniques that work for you. Deep breathing, listening to calm music, and stretching have all proven to help people reduce their stress. Pursue mindfulness practices that will help you regain control of your mind and draw you into the present moment and away from your stress. Remember, the internet is a vast resource of articles and videos about relaxation methods.
Learn to Say No: While we all want to push ourselves to do our best, watch out for overloading your plate. You are often allowed to say no to a work assignment or social engagement if you are doing your best and do not have comfortable room in your schedule. Saying no when you’re overwhelmed is an important way to establish healthy boundaries.
Keep a Journal: Release your stressful thoughts by writing them in a journal. A journal is an excellent way to pinpoint exactly what part of your day is adding to your stress. If you look back at your journal and see a trend in your stress, use this information to tackle your stressors directly.
Manage Your Time: Use scheduling tools and calendars to help you keep track of events and obligations. Give yourself enough time to get to and from where you need to go. Whenever possible, look ahead and plan for your day. Surprise meetings and running late will make anyone feel stressed.
You deserve to face your day at your best. To learn more ways to channel stress and achieve success, visit the Syncis blog at www.syncis.com/blog.