Wasn’t life easier as a kid? Piling bills, long working hours, family dramas are just a few of the many things that make modern life oh-so-stressful. But you can take control of the stress in your life, with these tried-and-true tested stress management tips:
Many of us are stressed out because we set unrealistic expectations. You really cannot do it all. If you feel like you have too much on your plate already, then you should think twice about taking on another responsibility. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Get plenty of sleep
Taking care of your health is an important part of stress management. Eight hours’ sleep is essential for staying healthy, for both your body and mind. If you are like a lot of people who are chronically stressed out, consider limiting your caffeine intake. You may also want to take a Valerian supplement before going to bed, which is a natural herb available at health stores.
A busy lifestyle can leave little time for physical activity. However, you should try your best to squeeze at least 30 minutes of exercise into your routine three times a week. Exercise helps reduce stress by stimulating the release of endorphin, natural painkillers that also have a calming effect. Regular exercise will also help increase your energy. It will also help you to take your mind off of the things that are stressing you.
You may want to reach for the phone and order a pizza, and open a bottle of wine after dealing with a particularly stressful day. But a healthy diet will help your body recover from stress, and you’ll feel a lot better after the junk food hangover has worn off. Start the day with a vegetable juice – this will give your body the nutrients it needs even when you do not have the time to eat a healthy meal.
Manage your finances
Because finances are a major source of stress for many people, getting them under control will make your life a lot easier. Keep track of your monthly expenses and eliminate unnecessary spending. Set a budget and try to stick with it. If you need help managing your finances, chat to your bank, a trusted friend or family member.