Modern life can be very busy, and many of us find ourselves getting stressed from time to time. Stress can affect your quality of life and can even be detrimental to your health, so it is well worth trying to tackle it when you find that everything is getting on top of you. Here are a few simple tips to cut back on stress and stay relaxed.
Learn to Meditate
Meditation is a fantastic way to relax, and it is not difficult to learn. Buy a book or join a course and you can learn some quick and simple ways to meditate that you can use whenever you find yourself getting stressed. This is a great way to clear your mind especially if you find it hard to switch off. If you’re like me and your brain goes into hyper drive about tomorrow’s schedule as soon as you lie down and turn off the light than this could be the perfect activity for you to de-stress.
Learn How to Breathe Properly
Simple breathing exercises can really help you to relax. Again, learn a few exercises that you can use any time, any place and make use of them when the stress levels start increasing. I find even three deep breaths can calm you down, slow down your reaction and stop you making bad decisions due to pressure. It really does slow the whole world down.
Cut Out the Coffee
Coffee helps many of us to get through the day, but too much of it can also increase stress levels. Alcohol and nicotine can also play a role in increasing stress, so try to avoid them as much as possible (but don’t cut out coffee altogether in one go because caffeine withdrawal can be tough). For those of you who don’t drink coffee remember that other sources of caffeine like tea and energy drinks have a similar effect so this tip applies to you guys too, cut down but don’t go cold turkey!
Too many of us spend too much time sitting during the day, whether in our cars, at our desks or in front of the TV. Exercise is a natural stress reliever. It gets the endorphins pumping through your body and makes you feel better, and even as little as 20 minutes of exercise a day can make a huge difference. And at this time of year, it’s easy to get out there in the evening sunshine. So grab that pooch or your favourite tunes and get out there.
Get Enough Sleep
It is so easy to not get enough sleep when there never seems to be enough hours in the day. However, you will not be helping yourself if you regularly skip on sleep. You need to recharge your batteries, and that is what sleep does. Even an hour extra a night could be just what you need. It could help you feel in a better mood the next day, and can also boost your energy and concentration levels.
Seek Professional Help
Sometimes you may need a professional to help you relax, so consider looking into therapy or counselling. Long gone are the taboos that therapy is for the mentally ill, talking always helps whether it’s with a friend or a professional and really, professionals are the way to go. They are trained to help you with any problem so getting a professional opinion can never hurt. Professionals may help you to identify deeper problems that need attention and they can help you find ways to cope.
Don’t Do Everything Yourself
Trying to do everything yourself can lead to burnout, so make sure you don’t take on too much. As well as getting people you know to help out, you might even consider hiring a personal concierge from a service like quintessentially.com to free up your time.
Change Your Scenery
Sometimes you may simply need to escape from normal life for a while. If you live in the city, try to get away into the countryside for a weekend, or even take a holiday. Getting away from your surroundings can provide you with inspiration and help you to de-stress. Alternatively, perhaps a more drastic change of scene is needed, such as a change of job.
Time to Chill Out
Modern life can be stressful, but there are ways to cope. Try these tips for yourself to see if you can find ways to cut your stress levels and learn to relax more. Just a few simple steps could provide huge benefits and improve your quality of life, so try them out and see what a difference they can make.
*Lucy Reid works full time and is raising a family. Always on the lookout for ways to simplify her life, she loves to share them with other busy people by posting on various blog sites.