Stress is our body's way to respond to real or perceived threat. Chronic stress can have detrimental negative consequences for our body, mind, and spirit. Unfortunately, relaxing is becoming more and more difficult in our hectic lives.
There are a few quick ways to relax and manage stress that can do wonders for our physical and emotional well-being when practiced regularly. Pick at least three items from the list below and start practicing today.
Avoid people and situations that stress you
Do deep breathing at least 3 times a day for 5 minutes
Spend more time with supportive friends and family
Get a good night sleep each and every night
Work on better time management
Reach out to support systems
Get your feelings out
Learn to say NO
Keep daily gratitude journal
Practice positive self-talk
Avoid using drugs and alcohol to cope
Delegate and get help
Slow down and rest
Listen to relaxing music
Do meditation and yoga
Keep a journal
Go for a walk, preferably in nature
Take a bubble bath
And remember not to sweat the small stuff!