As much as we try to avoid it, stress has a way of creeping back into our lives time and time again, leaving us feeling mentally, emotionally and physically drained. Unfortunately, stress is just one of the things that comes along with living life. But while we may not be able to escape it all together, we can learn how to destress faster, and stress a whole lot less. Take a look at these five tips to help reduce stress so you can live a more carefree life. (And, we promise, they couldn’t be simpler, because getting your stress down should never be, you know, stressful.)
Learn How to Say No
One reason people get stressed is because they take on too much at one time. Either you like staying busy, so you overload your schedule, or you just have trouble saying no when people ask you to do things. Whatever the case, you have to remember that no one is capable of doing everything at once — you have to pick and choose what you commit yourself to if you want to avoid the stress that comes with being overwhelmed.
Allocate More “You” Time
You might read this and think, “I don’t have time for ‘me’ time.” But that kind of attitude is exactly why you’re stressed to begin with. Whatever you have going on in your busy day or week, making time for yourself is necessary. Whether it’s taking five minutes alone in the bathroom to meditate or just take a few deep breaths, a hot bath after work, or a full day snuggled up on the couch binge watching your favorite shows or movies, leaving time for yourself to just relax will help you feel less stressed and more refreshed.
Get a Better Night’s Sleep
How you sleep at night can make a world or difference when it comes to how you take on the day. If you’re running on three or four hours of sleep, your brain won’t be functioning properly, and small issues can seem like a bigger deal, quickly elevating stress and anxiety levels. Trying to make up for the lack of Z’s with coffee will only increase that anxious feeling. If you wake up feeling rested, you’ll be happier and more prepared to face the challenges that come your way that day.
Work It Out
When it comes to a stressful day, there’s no better way to clear your mind and get those endorphins flowing than a great workout. Remember: you don’t have to be at the gym to get a good workout. There are tons of effective workouts you can do at home, and when it comes to running or jogging, it takes about five seconds to throw on your sneakers and walk out the door. Exercising during the day will also help you sleep better at night, so it’s basically a double stress reliever.
Spend Time with Friends or Family
Whether you want to vent about all the situations causing stress in your life or just get your mind off of everything, it’s always a good idea to turn to close friends or family. Call them to catch up, plan a fun night with dinner and drinks, or just hang out on the couch all day. Whatever you do, you’re guaranteed to feel better and less stressed about the little things afterward because friends and family never fail to put everything into perspective.