‘Stress’, this word seems to have become synonymous with normal daily life. But it really doesn’t need to be. In fact stress is up there with the leading causes of illness, yet it is often self-inflicted and unnecessary.
“Worry is a waste of imagination” - Walt Disney
Of course life sometimes presents us with challenging and stressful situations in which we need to push through, however incorporating stress into your everyday life is actually more of a choice than a necessity. So choose to be stress free!
I’m not suggesting you quit your job, or avoid all relationships that require effort, that is all part of living, though putting yourself under immense amounts of pressure isn’t a requirement.
Here are some of my top tips on how you can reduce the stress levels in your life:
Remind yourself of the bigger picture - It can be so easy becoming overwhelmed by an issue we are facing today, that we forget that we will have forgotten all about it in a month or a year. So don’t stress. Give everything you deem important as much focus and attention as it deserves, whilst allowing yourself a little flexibility to be human!
One thing at a time - I know us women are the masters of multitasking, however it isn’t always necessary. Make sure you don’t take on more than you can handle (in a focused yet relaxed mind frame) and if need be, put your tasks or responsibilities in order of importance and tackle them one at a time!
Time out - If you know you have a hectic day ahead of you, roster yourself in some time out. Even if it is just 10 minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee in peace, or go for a quick walk on your own, time out will help you collect your thoughts, gain some perspective and keep you sane!
Don’t compromise on your health - If you need to rest because it is all getting too much, or if find you are continuously putting off your workout for other ‘important’ tasks, then your need to stop and listen to your body. Rest is important for your body AND your mind, so get it when you need it. Exercise will help you feel energised, fresh and healthy so that you can continue working at your best.
Keep it clean - If you know you have a busy day ahead then try to plan for it with plenty of healthy snacks and meals so that you don’t find yourself settling for junk food that will leave you feeling gross and lacking energy.
Learn to say ‘No!’ - Sometimes it can be really hard saying no to people, especially if they are your friends, family, colleagues or boss! Yet being assertive is an important key to living a stress free life. So if you don’t think you can do something, or if you need a little help, let people know how you feel. Once you get the hang of it, you will find that it can be very empowering to assert yourself!