Stress getting you down? Humans are more stressed than ever, even as technology supposedly removes stress from our lives. If you’re hoping to beat stress this year, here are a few tips to help you relax:
Get to bed earlier
Are you the type to hit the snooze button a million times? This is probably followed by a chaotic start to the day as you try to get everything done in a short period of time. While most of us know how important it is to get enough sleep, it’s easy to end up watching too many episodes of our favorite series on Netflix or scrolling through social media.
If you’re starting your day off feeling stressed out, the rest of the day is likely to follow the same way. Prevent this by giving yourself enough time to get ready at a nice leisurely pace.
Are you tired of wondering if your boss or interviewers can smell cigarette smoke on your clothes? Sick of worrying about lung cancer and the effect that smoking can have on your skin? Quitting smoking is the answer. Luckily, you don’t need to go cold turkey, and can switch to a much better option: Vaping. Not only is vaping relaxing, but you can do it without worrying about meeting an untimely death from cigarette-related causes.
If you’ve got a packed schedule, the idea of adding another task to your to-do list may seem overwhelming. But working out actually gives you more energy than you had prior to exercising. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy the nice endorphin rush and stress-relief from a hard workout. Other benefits include weight loss, muscle toning, and improved cardiovascular health.
This may sound easier said than done. But worrying takes up tons of energy and sucks productivity and time away from you. How many of the things that you’re worrying about are outside of your control? No amount of lying awake at night is going to change these situations, so it’s a good idea to try not to worry about them. If, however, the situation is within your control, you can use the energy you’d spend worrying to come up with a feasible solution.
How often do you say yes to things you’d really rather not do? Whether it’s agreeing to work late on someone else’s project, going on a blind date with your best friend’s colleague, or letting your mother run over your boundaries.
Saying no is one of the best ways you can reduce stress, and learning to say no will give you more room in your life for the things you enjoy and would like to say yes to.