If you feel like you blinked and suddenly it’s the end of October and you’re trying to figure out how that happened, don’t worry, you’re not alone. I still feel like it’s the first week of October.
With only a couple months left in the year, our stress levels are going to start to rise. From busy schedules to the holidays there are plenty of things that could cause us stress. Because of this, I wanted to share some 5 quick and easy ways to reduce stress from your day.
1. Get Moving
Yes! If you sit at a desk all day get up and walk around. Go for a walk, run or head to the Gym and work out. Moving our bodies helps eliminate that stressful energy and pumps us up with endorphins. Going to work out after a stressful day is hard believe me I know but make a point to go because once you work out you’ll be glad you did.
Take a few minutes and just breath. My Fitbit has a quick 2 minute breathing exercise that I do especially if I’m sitting at my desk and can’t move around. Also check out apps that focus on breathing exercises. Taking a few deep concentrated breaths helps me to refocus and recenter myself.
This is great to do in the morning before a busy workday or in the evening when it’s time to wind down and get ready for bed. Since stress can cause us to not get a good night sleep, meditating can help to calm the body and shift your focus away from the things that stress you out. Check out the apps headspace and calm they offer guided meditations that are helpful especially when you’re new to meditating.
Yep, break out your journal and in the morning write down 3 to 5 thinks your grateful for and then at night do the same thing. When we focus on the good, it makes the things we’re stressing over not seem so big in the grand scheme of life. Gratitude shifts our focus so that we can see the positive things happening in our lives.
5. Make time for Rest
When life gets busy, it’s easy to just be in “GO” mode, but being on the go is hard on your body and not great for your health. So if you’re in a busy period right now, schedule some time for rest. On weeks when my life is busy, I make no plans that weekend. I give my body time to relax and reboot itself after a week of constant activity. I let my brain and body rest and turn on Netflix and spend the rest of the day doing very little. By doing this, come Monday I’m not dreading a new week, I feel refreshed and ready to tackle whatever the week may bring.
Whether you try all or some of these tips, I hope they help you to reduce the stress for your day quickly without you loosing a beat.