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De-Stress! Tips for Every Day

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Achieving a work-life balance is tough. Some days you’re juggling your full-time job, trying to make it home in time for family dinner, and making sure the kids are ready for soccer practice. It can feel impossible to take some “you” time away from all of that but we’ve rounded up a few ways to find some peace every day no matter what’s going on at work or at home.

There are many benefits of stress reduction such as improved concentration and focus, better sleep quality, decreased risk of heart disease, and other health problems like depression and anxiety. Take a look at these simple tips below in order to help give yourself that much-needed break!

It is easy to find yourself stressed out when you have so much to get done in your day-to-day life. We all tend to fill our schedules with lots of activities and responsibilities, on top of having a career, raising a family, and having bills to pay. The trick to keeping your life as stress-free as possible is learning how to handle it when it arises so that you can enjoy life and not constantly feel overwhelmed. Being prepared is key.

Below, you will discover several small tasks you can do each day to help you de-stress and stay in a good mood within your everyday life.

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Get Active.

Exercise is actually one of the best ways to relieve stress and its effects on the body. Regular activity is best to keep stress at bay, but don’t discount going for a walk anytime you feel on edge.

The fresh air can help you calm down and the endorphins your body releases from the physical activity help improve your mood. Even a 15 minute walk each day can dramatically decrease the amount of stress you feel on a consistent basis.

Just Breathe.

Sometimes all you need is to close your eyes and focus on your breathing to reduce stress. There are an abundance of breathing techniques you can try, but it can even be helpful to take simple, slow, deep breaths through your nose and exhale them through your mouth.

Take 5 deep breaths the next time you are feeling stressed and you’ll be surprised how much it can help calm your mind and help you regroup your emotions and focus.

While this won’t necessarily eliminate your stress or avert a crisis, deep breathing does have physical and mental benefits – especially when done on a regular basis.

Listen to Music.

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Music is a great way to de-stress because it takes your attention off potential stressors and allows you to relax. This is especially helpful at night when you are trying to sleep (because sleep is an important stress reducer, too!).

Any time you feel overly stressed, turn on some easy listening tunes to help unwind and take a break from your day. Be mindful that the music you listen to can add to the stress if not chosen carefully, so try to stick to calm, more instrumental music to get the best effects from this hack.

On the other hand, sometimes you just need to rage for a bit to get it out of your system. If that’s the case, go for it! Just keep in mind that what we put in our brains (negative or positive) is what we output as well. 

Use Aromatherapy.

Our sense of smell is a great partner in de-stressing. Aromatherapy is known to specifically help encourage calm and relaxation. Scents such as lavender, rose, frankincense, sandalwood, or orange blossom are awesome to have around to combat stress.

You can use these scents via an aromatherapy machine, burning incense, using them in perfumes, adding them to your baths, or even by keeping them around in candles!

Aromatherapy has been found to help decrease the level of cortisol (the “stress hormone”) in our minds. It can also help you unwind and feel more content in the moment.

An added bonus is that you can use aromatherapy with other stress-relieving techniques or when you are busy with other things. For example, you can easily light a candle in your office to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy while you work, or dab some stress-relieving scents on in the morning to keep you calmer throughout the day.

Look at the Bright Side.

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It can be difficult to remain optimistic when you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, but focusing on staying positive can actually help you feel better and happier.

The effects of stress on our bodies can differ based on how we perceive it. It’s been proven that those with a positive mindset can better deal with stress so it doesn’t affect them as much as those that are always thinking negatively.

Try to look at every situation with high hopes and a plan; doing so can also increase your chances of those things happening! A good way to de-stress!

Put down the Coffee.

Yikes, I know. But hear me out. Studies have shown that people who consume large amounts of caffeine each day tend to be more stressed out and anxious than those who don’t. This isn’t saying that you have to give up your daily cup of joe, however, most caffeine consumption is through coffee or energy drinks.

If you have more than a cup of coffee or one can of energy drink, it might be time to cut back. Consuming less caffeine consistently can work wonders for your stress levels.

Evaluate your Life

Becoming aware of the root causes of stress can help you decrease its effect on your mind and body. Your job, relationships, and daily routines are great places to start when considering the factors adding to your stress. Making adjusted to these areas of your life can increase your ability to de-stress.

Although stress is normal, constantly being overwhelmed by it is not. It may be time for a change in one or more areas of your life to decrease the amount of stress you have to deal with. These could be small or big changes. If it doesn’t bring you joy, it’s time to say goodbye.

Learn to say “no”.

Busy schedules can be very overwhelming and increase our stress levels. When you already have a packed day, any unexpected event can easily send you over the edge.

Take a step back and learn to prioritize your time. Remove any tasks that aren’t essential to your life or bringing you happiness. Learn to say “no” when you are asked or invited to do something that doesn’t add value to your life.

Setting boundaries can be difficult at first, but the more you set them, the easier it becomes!

Chew some Gum.

This de-stressing tip may seem a little silly, but chewing gum every day can actually help you reduce stress! Some researchers believe that the act of chewing stimulates brain waves that are similar to those found in people when they are calm and relaxed.

 It’s still being studied as to why gum is so helpful in destressing, but keeping a pack on hand can’t hurt. And the added bonus? Fresh breath!

Laugh More.

It’s no secret that laughter can help improve your mood. It also helps you cope with stress better and relieves the physical tension that stress puts on your body.

Make time for funny moments in your life so that you are harnessing the power of laughing every day. Watch a funny TV show or spend more time with friends that keep you giggling. Add a bit of humor to your life where you can, it makes it more enjoyable.

Don’t Procrastinate.

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Putting off things you don’t want to do may seem like a good idea at the time, but it doesn’t do your stress level any favors. Procrastination leads you to working against a deadline, and that in itself will add even more stress to the task.

Prioritize your day and make sure you are taking care of what needs to be done, even if it makes you want to groan at the moment.

Practice Self-Care

It can be easy to let your own personal wellbeing fall to the side when you are taking care of responsibilities and other people. However, continuing to put yourself last can be very detrimental to your mental wellbeing.

Make time to put effort into your personal wants and needs every single day. This could be in the form of a 15-minute walk in the park, a nightly bubble bath, or reading for pleasure before bed. Remember, you deserve it!

Conclusion

Destressing each day isn’t as difficult as you may think. It does take some planning and action on your part, but most of the techniques mentioned here don’t require a ton of time or money to execute. Small steps to call allow you to de-stress so you will be happier and in a better mood will pay off in the long run.




Loving Life — The Reboot!

Dominique

This article provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.

De-Stress! Tips for Every Day

12 Comments

  • Stephanie

    I’ve never heard of the chewing gum one! That’s new to me, but very interesting. I don’t normally chew gum but it would be so easy to do for a quick de-stressing. I like to read at the end of the day to help myself unwind for the day.

  • Elise Ho

    Distressing is so important and so underutilized. I think it’s a really smart that you included the tip to not procrastinate. Procrastinating really gets a lot of people in the weeds.

  • Matt Taylor

    These are all great ways to have less stress in the day. I will add, “Watch some Netflix!” lol kidding. I find going for short walks works great. And I love that you mentioned chewing gum. I love gum! haha

  • abzstylz

    After a long weekend, this comes at the perfect time! Thanks for these tips. I never knew chewing gum would help with de-stressing. Now I wouldn’t feel guilty when having it now 🙂

  • Milton Coyne

    Music and aromatheraphy are always my go-to activity to wind myself up from stress.. If given the opportunity and time, traveling is also effective. But then the pandemic made it quite impossible to do. These are great list of stress relievers.. And i think i’m gonna need some of these right now

  • Bhavya

    This is all I needed to read. Last couple of weeks have been very stressed out for me. I think I need to slow down and keep some of the points you mentioned in this post in mind.
    Thanks for writing such a positive post

  • Christ Cenetered

    Beautiful post here Friend. Through the hustle and bustle of life and the desire to do everything, we end up wearing ourselves out. For stress, I recommend a few things. First, start by putting God first, and begin your day with a prayer to God and a heart for God. God is able to orchestrate several things and he can use divine assistance to make our day easier. Second, we need to treat our body like a temple. Energy giving foods are a great resource. Thirdly, we need to take little breaks every now and then to refresh.

    The most important of these is God. When things get tough, we can always reach out to him for help. 
    The Bible says in Philippians 4:6
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”.

    God says in Jeremiah 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

    If anyone reading is interested in building a relationship with God, I have a post on that here: https://christcenteredruminations.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/how-to-build-a-relationship-with-god/

    There is much more to know about God. I post frequently on my blog about topics related to God. You are welcome to follow my blog to keep up with my content. See my blog here: https://christcenteredruminations.wordpress.com/ 

    -All the best. May God bless you. 

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