Stress Relief Tips, 8 Simple Ways to Nip Stress in the Bud
If you speak to a doctor about reducing stress in your life, he will likely tell you to revamp your diet, lose weight, get more sleep, exercise more, and/or give up alcohol. While yes, all of these things will dramatically increase your ability to take stress in stride, the mere thought of pursuing any one—much less all—of these goals is stressful. How will you begin? How will you keep going? Yikes.
There is a simpler way. You can choose just one moderate lifestyle change. That’s all it takes to get you on the road to feeling better. Once you master one easy change and it becomes second nature, you can use the energy and increased vitality you’ve created from that first step and put it toward making another tweak. It’s not a quick fix, but it’s a doable fix. And that’s the very best kind of change.
If you want to start getting a grip on your stress levels, commit to just one of the following list of 8 healthy behaviors. Sticking to even one of them can help you feel better instantly.
Which of these stress relief tips should you choose? Whichever feels the easiest, whichever you feel will offer you the greatest benefit, or whichever is calling you. There is no one right answer.
Our Stress Relief Tips
2. Get exercise 4 days a week.
Few people can hit the gym every day. Instead, aim to workout more days per week than you skip it. If formal exercise isn’t for you, opt for doing something active (walking to work, playing tag with the kids) 5 or 6 days a week. You’ll sleep better, your digestion will hum, and your body won’t feel so creaky.
7. Cut back on caffeinated beverages.
Caffeine may make you feel mentally sharp, but it eats away at your well-being in important ways. First, even moderate caffeine intake can make it harder to sleep at night, and poor sleep is a major culprit in feeling fuzzy and blah. Caffeine is also dehydrating. Get mindful of how much caffeine you consume and choose your beverages with care. Avoid soda as much as possible and try half decaf if you really need that coffee fix. Better yet, do you really need another cup of coffee, or could you take a 5-minute walk around the office or outside and get the same result with less downside?
8. Find a manageable way to give back to your community.
Get Stress Relief by giving back to community
You don’t need to single-handedly save the world. But the more connected you feel to the community around you, the more resilient you’ll be in the face of stress. Is there some simple way you can get involved in something outside the walls of your home and office? Finding a meaningful activity that you enjoy can sustain you when times get tough.
So take the first step to getting your Mojo back and choose just one of these moderate lifestyle changes. It is all you need to start increasing your energy… and that energy will be the very next step in making even more healthy changes!