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7 Tips to Help Decrease Your Stress Levels

Managing my stress levels has taken time, patience, and a lot of trial and error.

It has involved trying different things, changing various facets of my life, exploring what works best for me and my life, and developing routines that set me up for success rather than continuous anxiety.

Here are a few of my tried and tested tips. I hope they help you!

Unplug often

Turn OFF your phone. CLOSE the laptop. Switch OFF the TV. Walk away and take some time to just be. Although unplugging is easier said than done right!

Unplugging is beneficial for your mental health, so give it a go by trying these:

  • Introduce a technology curfew for yourself. Start with 7.30 am-7.00 pm and then slowly close the gap
  • Decrease the number of times you ‘check in’ throughout the day
  • Removing your email accounts and Facebook from your phone. It’s a huge step, but oh so liberating!
  • Turn off the wifi…

Exercise 

Okay, exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re stressed. I admit I have bouts of laziness and even forget to exercise because I’m connected to my laptop. However, once you develop a routine, your endorphins will kick in, and you’ll feel SOOOOO much less stressed!

So find what works for you. It could be as simple and nurturing as a nice walk, a yoga session or something more intense like a run or a HIIT session at the gym. Just make sure that it is something you enjoy! Don’t like running? Try going for a walk along the beach. Don’t like the gym? Try pole dancing or roller derby. There is something for everyone – you just have to look!

Let your hair down now and then

When was the last time you had fun? 

Make it your mission to inject some fun into every week – and every day!

Here are some suggestions:

  • Break out your moves and hit the dance floor for a lesson or a night on the town
  • Have a good laugh (or cringe) – head out on a night at a comedy club with friends
  • Lawn bowls – I’m serious! I tried it a few weeks ago with friends, and we pissed ourselves laughing for hours. The bowls club also had cheap drinks – now that’s a win!
  • Hit the skating rink – when was it you last went roller skating or ice skating
  • What about belly dancing, pole dancing, or burlesque lessons?
  • Fill up the tank, crank up the tunes and hit the open road for a good old road trip.

Learn to say no

One of the main reasons we experience stress is because we are doing something we don’t want to do or because what we are doing isn’t aligned with our personal values.

If this is you, then learning to say no is one of the most important things you need to do.

Make this promise to yourself – if you are the least reluctant to do something, then say no.

That is, if it’s not a HELL YES, then it’s a HELL NO!

Managing stress is all about managing your own well-being – both mentally and physically, and the best way to do this is to restore and maintain a realistic sense of balance in your life, and you are the only one who can do this.

After all, you have the POWER!

Make a change

A change is as good as a holiday. 

If you are struggling to get out of bed every morning, ask yourself some serious questions:

  • Are you living the life you were meant to be living?
  • Are you doing what you love?
  • What do you want to do?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • Are you compromising your values or integrity somehow?

Life is way too short to waste in the drudgery of dragging yourself around every day. Make a change, rediscover that lust for life, and spring in your step!

Make time to rest

Make TIME to rest. That includes taking your breaks at work. You’re no good to anyone when you’re exhausted. And you are not superhuman, no matter how much you think you are!

So take your morning tea and lunch breaks. Finish on time. Book holidays. Enjoy your long weekends! 

And unless it’s life and death, it can wait.

Takeaway

These stress management tips won’t work for everyone, as what works for each of us is highly personal. The point is to try several things and then tailor them to you.

If you are still struggling with stress, book in to see your GP or another professional to discuss how you feel.

About Author

Changed careers in my 30's. Became a freelancer writer & marketer. I'm a proud redhead, fangirl, wife & step mum. And I'm a lover of all things books, movies, podcasts, dogs & naps.

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