Feel like this is the face staring back at you in the mirror in the morning? Worries about the job market, the economy, the spouse and kids, it can be overwhelming! But there are several techniques you can use to immediately alleviate the stress and deal with all of your obligations.
- Watch for the next instance you find yourself getting angry or becoming annoyed at something trivial or unimportant. Then practice letting go and make a conscious choice not to become angry or upset. Don’t allow yourself to waste thought and energy on the unimportant.
- Breathe slowly and deeply. Before reacting to the next stressful incident, take 3 deep breaths and release them slowly. You can also take a minute or two to meditate or imagine relaxing and soothing activities.
- Kick-start your time management strategy and give yourself a boost by choosing one simple thing you’ve been putting off (e.g., returning a phone call, making a doctor’s appointment) and do it immediately. Just crossing one item off of your to-do list can improve your attitude.
- Geaux outdoors for a quick break. Fresh air has a healing power, and as little as five minutes walking or sitting on a balcony or terrace can be rejuvenating.
- Drink plenty of water and eat small, nutritious snacks. Dehydration or lack of water increase feelings of tiredness and can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and dress.
- Check your posture. If you sit at a desk all day, make sure you are holding your head and shoulders upright and avoid stooping or slumping. Also, avoid repetitive strain injuries and sore muscles by making sure your workstation is ergonomically safe.
- Reward yourself! Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day, a relaxing bath or sometime with a good book. You need time to recharge and energize yourself on a regular basis.
We all must deal with stress throughout our lives. The key to dealing with stress is to manage our reaction to it.
Article adapted from Signs-Of-Stress.com.