5 Actions to Reduce Daily Stress
Creating small, daily habits are where it's at.
This is a big one for us. It’s easy to just go day-to-day, letting all those stressors roll over to the next day and then the next until we completely burn out. Creating small daily habits that will serve you physically, mentally, and emotionally is where it’s at. Giving and showing yourself some love.
Creating small daily habits that will serve you physically, mentally, and emotionally is where it’s at. Giving and showing yourself some love.
Action 1 - Say No.
Creating boundaries is so vital. Saying no is not a negative word. It actually gains respect these days. Saying no to activities that don’t serve you will only allow you to say YES to what does serve you more.
Action 2 - Deep Breathing.
How simple is this? Whenever you find yourself getting worked up, check in with yourself. Take a deep inhale for a count of 6 and exhale for a count of 6. While you are doing this think about exhaling all the negative, everything that feels stuck in your body. Feel your shoulders and jaw relax. Simply repeat until you feel everything let go. If you need to take it up a notch – step outside, or remove yourself for a second to do your breathing and to re-centre yourself. This takes less than 3 minutes!
Action 3 - Prioritize Your Day.
I am obsessive with my to-do lists and calendar. Creating my to-do list the night before and knowing exactly what I need to do the following day is important when I’m running a business and finishing my degree. I always do the most important things in the AM.
Action 4 - Start Your Day Early.
Those golden hours before the sun comes up are seriously magical. It’s a time where you can set up your day, exactly how you want it. Waking up just 30 minutes earlier every morning allows you to start your day calmly – make your cup of tea, do some readings, check your calendar, prep your day.
Action 5 - Practice Self-Care Every. Single. Day.
Oh dear, this could be a post all on its own. How great would it be if we all took some time for ourselves every single day? Better yet – multiple times a day. Where we could check in with ourselves. It’s possible. Self-care isn’t just having that hot bath with a face mask at the end of the day. Self-care is giving yourself some needed attention – whatever that may be at that time. In fact, all the above are forms of self-care.