Well, come on. Who isn’t stressed these days? It seems like with all the workload that’s always been put upon us, our social pressures from our friends, and even just the things that we have to do in everyday life, there is a million things to do and stress just stacks up really, really quickly.
But, how bad is stress for us? Really bad. Short-term stress inhibits our ability to create well thought out decisions and can really kill our mood, however, being continually stressed over a long period of time actually has many negative effects on our health – increasing blood sugar and cholesterol to even costing depression and making us age faster.
So how do we combat the silent killer? Thankfully, there are a lot of ways. Here, I’ll give you 60!
- Learn to say no. Don’t take up more responsibilities if you can’t.
- Simplify your goals and prioritize. Goals are a lot easier to tackle when they are broken down to their individual parts.
- Prepare for the next day the night before. What are you really doing in your evenings? Just watching some videos on your mobile phone? Take away the need to cram in the morning by getting ready the night before.
- Avoid negative people. They’ll suck all the energy out of you.
- Learn to manage your time wisely. The reason why you’re probably not getting things done is because you’re not managing your time wisely enough.
- De-clutter your workspace. Having a messy desk creates a messy mind.
- Ask for help. You aren’t able to do something, don’t frustrate yourself even further. Take it upon yourself to ask someone who knows what they’re doing, and then learn.
- Reinforce positive thoughts. One way to de-tress is to keep reminding yourself of the positive outcomes of your actions.
- Take a break. If things get a bit too hectic, allow yourself to take a breather.
- Don’t punish yourself for wasting time. Every now and then, it’s also very important to waste time and not do anything productive at all. This allows your brain to take a break and recharge. It needs to be able to do this, so don’t stress about it.
- Spoil yourself. You remind yourself exactly why you’re doing this, and sometimes this involves doing small things that will make you feel better. Buy that new toy you’ve been eyeing for a while now.
- Come to work in your best suit. Coming to work in your most extravagant outfit is definitely going to make you feel like a million bucks. Do it.
- Try green tea. Green tea contains L-theanine, which is a soothing ingredient. It will definitely untie some of the knots in your neck.
- Try to meditate. Why not? The health benefits and even the mental benefits are numerous.
- Indulge in some comfort food. Not too much, but enough to make you feel better.
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