Super simple stress-busting strategies
Everybody gets stressed from time to time and short periods aren’t harmful. However, prolongs periods of stress can affect your health and happiness and ultimately lead to anxiety and depression. Life has become 24/7, and there’s so much pressure on us to do all the things! Keeping your stress levels to a minimum is essential. Here are some simple stress-busters that will improve your performance and well-being.
Stress drains the joy out of life, find ways to keep it under control with these simple stress busters!
When you are stressed, your breathing becomes shallow and rapid. Taking a few long, deep breaths is a quick and powerful way to calm down and get some much-needed oxygen back in your lungs. Letting your breath out for a more extended period than you breathe in will slow down your rapid heart rate, try some breathing exercises.
Take some timeout
Take time to pause and gather your thoughts at regular intervals throughout your day. Nothing should be so urgent that you don’t have time to relax, even for a few moments.
Move your body
Getting physically active helps to alleviate physical and mental tension. Run, dance, swim, walk – whatever floats your boat! But get moving and enjoy it, exercise releases endorphins that produce a positive feeling in the body.
Focus on how your body feels while you move it.
When was the last time you did something just for the fun of it? Prioritise time for fun and do something you really enjoy. Treat yourself!
Warning!: Having fun may increase episodes of smiling… Smiling helps to relieve stress.
One thing at a time
Believe it or not, multitasking is actually counter-productive. trying to do too many things at once will only result in you doing each thing by half. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, thinking that you’ll feel better once you have everything done is a lie! Stop what you’re doing and make a list instead. Prioritise your list like this.
Focus on one task at a time, and you’ll do it well. Trying to juggle too many things will eventually cause you to burnout.
Avoid the stress trap
When you’re stressed, you’re very often worrying too much about everything. Be aware of your worry and try not to let it overwhelm you.
Negative thoughts encourage negative actions. Bring your attention to your breathing and heart rate, pause and replace stress with calmness.
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