Stress is your body’s natural reaction to challenges. In short bursts, stress can be a positive force, including helping you meet a personal or work deadline. But over a prolonged period of time, stress may be incredibly harmful to your health. In this modern, hectic world, we have unfortunately become accustomed to the feeling of stress and sometimes it may even be hard to recognize it. Let’s take a look at some common signs of stress:
- Chronic pain
- Frequent sickness
- Decreased energy
- Changes in libido and appetite
- Digestive issues
- Depression and general unhappiness
- Anxiety and agitation
- Loneliness and isolation
When left unchecked, stress can contribute to many other health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. So what can you do to keep your stress at a minimum?
1) Make a List. You might think that multi-tasking is the most effective way to be productive and get things done, but this approach might actually be making you more stressed. If you feel overwhelmed about the number of things you have to do, try to write everything down in a list and organize them according to priority. Then, tackle each task individually and cross the tasks off your list as you finish them. Seeing your pending tasks list shrink will make you feel more satisfied with your day.
2) Don’t Neglect Self-Care. It’s really easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of tasks and forget about self-care. Remember, your mind and body work best when you take care of them. So don’t forget to stay hydrated (one gallon of fresh spring water every day), get plenty of sleep (at least 8 hours every night) and keep up with your healthy diet.
3) Stock-up On Snacks. Sometimes life gets so busy that it’s hard to find enough time to sit down and get a full meal. But time shouldn’t be an excuse to ignore keeping your body and mind fueled with healthy, nutritious meals. Smoothies are fast and easy to make, and snacks like the No-Bake Hemp Seed Bars are full of minerals, antioxidants, good fats, and natural sugars to keep you going.
4) Take Breaks. It’s important to take frequent breaks during your workday to avoid getting overwhelmed. Set up an alarm to go off every hour to remind you to get up from your seat and move around a little, rest your eyes and stretch. You can vary this approach in whatever way works best for you such as the below example:
- Split your tasks to 40-minute intervals
- Take a 5-10 minute break at the end of each 40-minute interval
- For every 3 tasks you complete, take a longer break between 30-60 minutes.
5) Relax and Recuperate. At the end of the day, it’s important to relax and let go of any tension you have left. Going for a walk with a friend, spending time in nature or pampering yourself can help you do just that. This quick and easy Hydrating Relaxing Bath, for example, can help you unwind after a long day and also moisturize your skin.