I know you all have been where I am right now. Stressed out. And I’ll be honest – this isn’t just a “today thing,” I have been feeling a higher level of stress quite often lately and I’m over it. I’m ready to feel less stress and more relaxed each day, not just on the weekends and some weeknights.
One thing I have been forcing myself to make time for, whether I have work to do, just want to watch Netflix or hang with my friends and fam, is yoga.
Yoga hasn’t always been my thing (it has been hard for me to not let me mind wander to other things I could be doing), but I really focus on the movements and hush my mind (at least a little bit) it is easier to relax – and it feels great! (Weird, right?! 😉 )
But whether yoga is your thing or not, there are plenty of other ways to help reduce stress.
A huge thing is to start your day off right. Put that most stress-inducing project or task at the top of your to-do list – and actually get it done before you move on to your next project for the day.
I know, you’ve probably heard that before; but if you aren’t doing it, I know you haven’t tried it because it truly is relieving to have the rest of your day ahead of you with that stressful to-do out of the way.
Get up and move around. I totally have those days where I get deep into my work and don’t move for hours, or even feel like I just can’t get up because I have so much to do. But this does not help you. Seriously. Even if it is just for a short period of time, breaks are essential and are a great way to relieve stress. Changing up the scenery for a bit can also help to spark new and creative ideas when you are hitting a wall.
Talk it out and seek support. Call or have lunch with a close friend or family member and talk about the things that are causing you stress. This person knows you, has your best interest at heart, and may see things differently and be able to provide some insight or a positive way to look at a stressful situation.
Take time for yourself. The most important thing in reducing your stress is to make time for yourself. Even if it is a half an hour a day, do something you enjoy doing. Whether it’s a session of yoga, some time at the gym, waking up early for some quiet reflection time, a happy hour with your girls or sweetie, reading a book, writing in a journal (or blog in my case), or watching an episode of your favorite Netflix show, down time is absolutely necessary to help keep your sanity and clear your mind.
In order to reduce your stress you have to take care of and make time for yourself. If you become sick because of the stress, you will not be able to do your job effectively and will ultimately cause yourself more stress in both your professional and personal lives.
Let’s chat. I would seriously love to hear what your best stress relief strategy is. Share it with me over on Twitter.