Four Habits to Try For Less Stress

StressEvery day is full of little stresses here and there. In fact, stress is pretty much unavoidable for the majority of us. However, just because we cannot combat all of our stress does not mean that we should let stress build up. In fact, we should try to avoid it and prevent ourselves from getting stressed as much as possible by incorporating these simple habits.

Stop Multitasking

Many studies have proven that multitasking doesn’t work for most of us. On some levels, our brains can multitask, such as walking and talking. However, when it comes to working on 2-3 projects while checking Facebook and texting, our brain easily gets overloaded. Having too much going on can make you feel more anxious without even realizing it. Focus on one task at a time. You will get it done quicker and allow your brain to not become stressed out over trying to do too many things at once.

End the Day With Writing

Before you lay your head on the pillow for the night, set the timer for 5-10 minutes and just write. Don’t type on a computer, but instead, get a real pen and pad of paper and let your thoughts flow. Write down your stresses, complaints, things you have to do the next day, etc. The act of writing is very cathartic and can relieve your stress. It can also help you sleep better too, and more sleep leads to less stress overall.

Set Work Time Boundaries

The problem with many of our jobs is that they don’t have a ceiling. What does this mean? It means that even if you put in 75-100 hours of work a week, you would still have a to-do list to work on. When a person’s job is never done, it can be tempting to work after hours and on the weekend. This easily leads to burnouts and stress. Make sure to set strict limits for your job with yourself and with your boss. Both of you should know that you will not be taking work home or working on the weekends (if it is not in the original job description). Leave work and all of its stresses at work. Don’t forget to actually take your breaks while at work too. Everyone needs a rest, including you!

Make A Habit of Being Early

How much stress have we all endured just because we are running late? Whenever you have a meeting or something important, plan to be early. Set your alarm earlier, prepare the night before, arrive ten minutes early, or whatever else it takes to leave the stress of tardiness behind.

Stress happens to all of us. However, managing stress is the best way to have better health. Try implementing the above habits in your day to take a bite out of your anxiety.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

Story Credit, Image Credit: Stress by Alan Cleaver. Used under a Creative Commons license.

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