We all know that stress isn’t good for us. Stress is something we can’t escape with our hectic schedules, family responsibilities, or work. Stress can lead to headaches, fatigue, irritability, and so much more. Today I’m sharing five simple ways that help me cope with stress.
- Working Out– My job can be very stressful at times and taking a yoga class after a long day at work really helps me release stress and relax. You’ll release those feel-good endorphins that help you focus, boost energy, regulate your sleep, and keep you in shape. Pick something you enjoy and look forward to, for me it is a HIIT class or Yoga class. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t.
- Read A Book– there is something so relaxing about losing yourself in your favorite book. Reading is a great way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds, according to research. Currently reading: “Girl, Wash Your Face”
- Disconnect from Social Media – Having a cell phone means you’re constantly available, and, if you’re like most, you never disconnect. I’m guilty of being on my phone a lot, but I’ve made it a point to unplug and live in the moment. If I’m at dinner with my boyfriend I put my phone away in my bag because I want to be present and focus on us. So many of us wake up and immediately reach for our phone, but try to at start your day with a five minute stretch or a few breathing exercises. Social media has a way of making us feel like we aren’t good enough or we start to compare ourselves to others. It’s important to remember that no one is going to post the ugly or the bad that is happening in their lives. If spending time on social media makes you feel like you aren’t good enough, spend more time with the people that truly matter, and less time online.
- Drink Tea– I love to end my day with green tea because of it contains healthy antioxidants, and has calming effects. Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect (if you want to replace a cup of coffee with green tea).
- Reduce Coffee Intake– Too much coffee increase stress and anxiety. I love starting my day with a cup of coffee but I have reduces how much I drink through out the day.
Remember to slow down, take a deep breath, talk to God, disconnect from social media. You are important and taking time to take care of yourself needs to be on top of your to-do list.