Let’s be honest 2020 was a stressful year for pretty much everyone. Hopefully 2021 is off to a better start, but regardless most of us might face stressful situations each week or maybe even each day. Although we can’t always control the situations that bring us stress we can learn to manage stress. It’s important to remember what’s in your control and what’s not when it comes to stress. Try to focus on what’s actually in your control, because some things we just aren’t able to change. Below I’ve created a list of 15 tips for managing stress that might help give you some ideas for the next time you are feeling stressed.
Tips for Managing Stress:
- Exercise – There are benefits to exercise beyond weight loss and physical appearance. Exercise can be an excellent way to boost your mood or to provide stress relief. Exploring different exercise options can be a great way to find what you enjoy most to relieve stress.
- Get enough sleep – Sleep is so important to our overall health and even stress levels. Often we might feel like it is more important to keep working at that to-do list, but prioritizing your sleep is critical.
- Stretching – This is a great way to get your body moving while also helping to relieve some of the tension you might be holding throughout your body. Try stretching with calming music or in a quiet room for ten minutes to help relieve some stress.
- Eat nutritious foods – Our bodies love being fueled with nutritious foods. Often when we are stressed some of us might gravitate to eating snack after snack or all the “junk food” imaginable. Your body thrives the most from getting all the nutrients it needs, which can in turn help with stress management.
- Walk – Walking is an excellent form of exercise. It can help to relieve stress and allows our bodies to get moving.
- Get fresh air – Take some time to get outdoors and enjoy the nice fresh air.
- Make time for hobbies – Schedule in time to be able to do the things you enjoy most. It is important to prioritize time for the hobbies you enjoy.
- Reading – This can be a great way to unwind after a long day or just to simply relax.
- Bath – Taking a bath can be a great way to sit back and relax after a long day.
- Face Mask – Many people enjoy putting on a nice face mask and sitting back to relax for 20 minutes. This can be a great way to help relieve some stress.
- Positive self talk – Try to give yourself positive comments filling your head with negativity will likely just make you more stressed.
- Gratitude – Take time to focus on at least 3 things you are thankful for each day. You will start to realize all the things you have to be thankful for even on the longest days.
- Take breaks from social media – Taking a break from social media can be a great way to try to focus more time on ourselves and relieve some stress.
- Be realistic with to-do lists – Make realistic to-do lists. I know I’m guilty of this too. Don’t fill your to-do list with 30 things for the day that you know would be impossible for anyone to possibly get done in one day. Be realistic with what you can actually get done and prioritize what’s the most important each day.
- Be intentional with your time – Be intentional and productive with your time. When we are stressed sometimes we can turn to scrolling through social media for a minute and the next thing we know 2 hours have been wasted. Try to be intentional with your time to prioritize time to get the important things done while also having time to relax.