Do you feel like you’re constantly under pressure? Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to get it all done? You’re not alone. Stress is the most common complaint that people have today. According to research, the number one cause of stress is the feeling that there isn’t enough time. Here are five ways that you can manage stress quickly and easily!
Tip # One: Take a Break
One of the best ways to manage stress is to take a break. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, step away from your work and take some time for yourself. Go for a walk, read a book, or take a nap. Taking a few minutes to relax can help you calm down and refocus.
It’s helpful to step away because it’s hard to think straight when you’re constantly bombarded with stress. When you take a break, you’re giving yourself time to relax and clear your head. This will help you be more productive when you return to your work.
Tip # Two: Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is another excellent way to manage stress quickly. When you’re feeling tense, take a few deep breaths and focus on releasing the tension in your body. Deep breathing also helps improve blood circulation and increases oxygen flow to the brain.
I always include inhaling premium essential oils when I practice deep breathing. My favorite blend to reach for when I’m feeling the pressure is called “Stress Away.” The name fits, doesn’t it? It’s a lovely blend of lime, vanilla, and other essential oils like makes me feel like I’ve spent a few moments at the beach after I breathe it in.
Tip # Three: Exercise
Exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress. Not only does it help you burn off some of the energy that’s causing stress, but it also releases endorphins which can help improve your mood. If you have time, go for a walk or take a fitness class. It doesn’t have to be complicated.
You can always do something as simple as stretching or moving around your office space. When I take a break to walk around and relax, I feel so much better and more relaxed.
Tip # Four: Eat Healthy Food
Eating healthy is another important way to manage stress. When you’re stressed out, your body releases cortisol which can cause you to gain weight. When you include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet and avoid processed foods and sugary snacks, you’ll help your body manage stress better.
Eating regularly throughout the day is essential, as well. Make sure to eat a balanced breakfast, lunch, and dinner so that you have the energy to manage your stress. Skipping meals can make you feel more stressed out and overwhelmed.
Tip # Five: Organize Your Time
One of the best ways to manage stress is to organize your time. Make a list of the tasks that need to be done and schedule time for each one. This will help you stay on track and avoid feeling stressed out. When everything is planned, and you know the steps you need to complete, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and more in control.
When I’m feeling overwhelmed by my To-Do list, I remind myself of the saying: “How do you eat an elephant?” Of course, you know the answer … one bite at a time.
One of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Elliot, says when you don’t know what to do, simply do the next thing. It could be emptying the dishwasher or writing an email. Whatever the task, do the next thing, and another will follow until you accomplish more than you ever thought you could.
My favorite app for organizing my time is Trello. What is Trello? Trello is a tool that organizes your projects into boards and cards with tasks. Check it out!
Imagine a whiteboard filled with lists of sticky notes, with each note as a task for you. Now imagine that you can take that whiteboard anywhere you go, on your smartphone, or you can access it from any computer online. That’s Trello!
Do you have a favorite app for productivity? Let me know what you use.
I hope you find these five quick tips helpful for managing stress. Remember to manage your time, eat a healthy diet, and exercise when possible.
When you take care of yourself first, it will be easier to manage the pressures in life without feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.
One final tip is to stay organized by making lists and scheduling tasks, so they don’t pile up on top of each other like an overwhelming elephant! What do you find most helpful to manage stress?