In this fast-paced world that we live in, it may seem comical to think about living a life that is stress-free. However, if you really want to live in a more positive way and minimize the effects that anxiety and stress are currently having on your life, read on.
What is Causing You Stress?
The key to stress-free living is to know where your stressors come from. By knowing exactly what is causing you stress, you will be able to take positive actions to combat those stress inducers and simplify your life. So read on for 7 steps that will help you to reduce stress in your life. I cannot promise that you will have a stress-free existence immediately, but you will certainly help yourself gain a more peaceful existence if you follow even just a few of these.
7 Steps to Reduce Stress
- Get active! This doesn’t mean you have to spend 10 hours a day at the gym either. Take a yoga class, go for a run or play catch with your child. Just get yourself moving and enjoy it.
- Learn how to control your spending. Finances are one of the top stressors on everyone’s list so figure out what you need, what you can do without and learn how to have fun without spending any money at all.
- Focus on one thing at a time. Big changes usually don’t end up as successful ones because they’re too overwhelming. So start off by changing (or doing) things one at a time. For instance, start eating a healthy breakfast every morning before work. If you have a deadline to meet, work solely on that project. That means no Pinterest, Facebook or email breaks. If you are spending time with your child or your spouse, spend time with them and put the phone away. Multitasking is great, but some things need undivided attention. Learn the difference.
- Connect with family and friends through more than social media. Just like you schedule time to go to the dentist or meet with a new client, schedule time with the ones you love.
- Be thankful for all of the good things in your life. Far too often we get caught up in the unknown or the bad things that we have going on. However, if you spend even five minutes every day thinking about and being thankful for the good things, you will feel much better about life.
- Find a hobby. All work and no play never results in anyone being happy. So find something you enjoy and spend time doing it. Maybe that is another exercise class (yay!) or learning how to sew, play the drums, draw, climb mountains, etc. Whatever you are passionate about, spend time doing those things.
- Keep calm and recognize that stress is a natural part of life. Things will come up that you weren’t prepared for or didn’t expect. But you will get through it all so long as you take care of yourself and those around you.
I’m curious to know whether you have tried any of these and found that you are feeling less stressed on a daily basis. How do you deal with the stress factors in your life? As a hobby, have you included yoga into your life?