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Daily Habits To Manage Your Stress

Stress is unavoidable in life! It is important to find ways to decrease and prevent stressful incidents and decrease negative reactions to stress. Stress is much more manageable when you are proactive about how to control it. If you choose to push off stress management, it often turns into a snowball effect!

Below are some healthy skills and daily habits that you can implement to manage your stress. Life is full of routines to follow like brushing your teeth or eating breakfast. By adding these into your routine your stress will become much more manageable. You can do a few of them in a longer span of time, but as they say– every minute counts.

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    Managing Time

    Time management skills can allow you more time with your family and friends and possibly increase your performance and productivity. This will help reduce your stress.


    To improve your time management:

    • Save time by focusing and scheduling time for yourself. Take time each week to review your calendar for the week and set time aside to complete your priority tasks.
    • Keep a record of how you spend your time, including work, family, and leisure time. Using a free time tracker like Clockify is perfect for this.
    • Prioritize your time by rating tasks by importance and urgency. Redirect your time to those activities that are important and meaningful to you. If you want to spend time with the family, make sure you list that as top importance.
    • Manage your commitments by not over- or under committing. Don’t commit to what is not important to you.
    • Deal with procrastination by using a day planner, breaking large projects into smaller ones, and setting short-term deadlines. Bite off small chunks each day of larger tasks or projects to feel more accomplished.
    • Examine your beliefs to reduce conflict between what you believe and what your life is like. Review what is actually realistic for you to accomplish.
    • Build healthy coping strategies. It is important that you identify your coping strategies. One way to do this is by recording the stressful event, your reaction, and how you cope in a stress journal. With this information, you can work to change unhealthy coping strategies into healthy ones-those that help you focus on the positive and what you can change or control in your life.

    Lifestyle

    Some behaviours and lifestyle choices affect your stress level, so it is important to be mindful of your lifestyle choices.

     

    They may not cause stress directly, but they can interfere with the ways your body seeks relief from stress. It is important to try to:

    • Balance personal, work, and family needs and obligations. If you work all week and don’t spend time with the family, you will likely feel off balance. With only so much time in a day, it is important to make sure there is a healthy balance with all of your obligations.
    • Have a sense of purpose in life. Know what your overall focus is for a happy life.
    • Get enough sleep since your body recovers from the stresses of the day while you are sleeping. There is a good reason behind the saying, “get your beauty sleep”. Having proper sleep has so many benefits it is tough to list them all.
    • Eat a balanced diet for a nutritional defence against stress. Eating too many processed food packed with preservatives and sugars can no doubt contribute to stress. Try to opt for whole, fresh foods when possible.
    • Get moderate exercise throughout the week. Even if it for a short walk on your lunch break. Getting 30 minutes of movement a day can help tremendously.
    • Limit your consumption of alcohol and smoking.

    Social Support

    Social support is a major factor in how we experience stress. Social support is the positive support you receive from family, friends, and the community. It is the knowledge that you are cared for, loved, esteemed, and valued. More and more research indicates a strong relationship between social support and better mental and physical health.

    Changing Thinking

    • When an event triggers negative thoughts, you may experience fear, insecurity, anxiety, depression, guilt, and a sense of worthlessness or powerlessness. These emotions trigger the body’s stress, just as an actual threat does. Dealing with your negative thoughts and how you see things can help reduce stress.
    • Thought-stopping helps you stop a negative thought to help eliminate stress. It is certainly easier said than done. But when negative thoughts creep into your mind, switch you thoughts to a new subject entirely.
    • Disproving irrational thoughts helps you to avoid exaggerating the negative thought, anticipating the worst, and interpreting an event incorrectly. Instead of exaggerating a negative thought pattern, think of how you can disprove those negative thoughts.
    • Problem solving helps you identify all aspects of a stressful event and find ways to deal with it. Think through different scenarios on how you can solve the problem.
    • Changing your communication style helps you communicate in a way that makes your views known without making others feel put down, hostile, or intimidated. This reduces the stress that comes from poor communication. Use the assertiveness ladder to improve your communication style.
     

    Anyone in any profession can get stressed. Whether you’re the mail guy, the CEO, or probably the average working parent, stress is one unwanted visitor you would love to boot out of your homes, especially your life.

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