How to reduce the stress in your life this year
Stress is no fun, and it can lead to a number of health problems if you don’t get it in check. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to manage your stress effectively. Here are a few ways you can reduce the stress in your life this year:
No one can set boundaries for you- you have to do this yourself. Setting clear boundaries will help you reduce stress and ensure everyone is on the same page. Once you’ve set those boundaries, you can communicate them to your friends, family, colleagues, and supervisor.
Leave your work where it belongs- at work. Don’t check your work email outside of work hours, leave the office on time, and remember that your job is just a job.
Get some balance
Reflection and meditation can be a great way to reduce stress. When your world seems to be moving a mile a minute, take some time to check in with yourself. You’re alive, and have plenty of things to be grateful for. Start a gratitude journal and commit to writing down three things you’re grateful for every day. Take the time to meditate or get started with an app like headspace. Try yoga, and take time out from being “busy” every day.
Streamline your life
Whenever possible, outsource the things you don’t need to do. This is particularly true for things you would find stressful or time-consuming. Need some things done around the house? There are plenty of handy man services in London. Constantly stressed out about how much cleaning you have to do? Hiring a cleaner to come an do a deep clean once a fortnight can make a massive difference to your peace of mind.
Look after yourself
When you’re feeling stressed, you’ll often feel out of control. But there are plenty of things you can control, and one of them is how well you look after your body. Are you getting at least 8 hours of sleep at night? Are you working out? Do you eat a wide range of healthy foods? The more you look after your body, the less likely you are to get run down, and the more likely you are to be able to cope with whatever life throws at you.
Talk it out
Talking to a friend or family member can be just what you need to release some of the stress from your life. And they’ll often have some great ideas around what you can do to solve certain problems. If you feel like this isn’t helping, it may be time to consult a professional. A therapist or a counselor can help you learn helpful techniques to manage stress and ensure you’re seeing things clearly.