We all get stressed out. We lead busy lives and sometimes we need to take a break or slow down to be the most productive person we can be. Stress can be positive or negative, but too much can have negative effects on your body. It can also cause your work or personal life to suffer. So we put together a list of 7 tips to manage stress.
- Make a list. Write down where you think your stress is coming from and decide if the pros outweigh the cons. You can also make a list of tasks to help you organize your thoughts and stay calm.
- Exercise. According to the American Psychological Association, exercising can help alleviate stress on the mind and body. If you’re like me and think exercising is pretty stressful on it’s own, don’t fret, a 20-minute walk counts.
- Think positive. This may seem like a silly way to reduce stress, but having a good attitude helps you deal with problems in a positive way. Remember you can’t control everything, but you can control how you think and react.
- Take a break. Watch an episode of your favorite show or read a chapter that book you’ve been meaning to finish. Take a power nap. Sometimes you need to step away from the situation for a while to get some perspective.
- Triage. Decide what you absolutely need to get done today, and do the rest tomorrow. Organize your tasks by most important and time sensitive to least. Most of the time you can spread out your responsibilities in a reasonable manner.
- Sleep. This may seem like an obvious one, but sleep is extremely important for your body. Sleep is how you recover from the day. It may seem like you can’t sleep to be productive, but it’s actually the opposite.
- Ask for help. Talk to your boss to see if you can take on a little less work or get another coworker to help out. Odds are they will respect your awareness of the situation and lend a hand. It can also be beneficial to talk to friends or family about your stressors. They can help put things in prospective.
If you’re ever stressed (and we hope you’re not) try out some of these tips and you’ll feel better in no time!
How do you manage your stress?