9 Easy Ways to Manage Stress
and Make Yourself #1
Taking some much needed “me time” can lower your stress levels, improve your overall health and prepare you for your daily to-do list. Life can be hectic and finding a little time for yourself is often last on the list.
1. Give a loved one a hug: Physical contact is a powerful stress reliever. Go ahead and hug it out.
2. Get a plant for your house or your desk: Houseplants aren’t just beautiful air purifiers — they can actually help keep you calm. Researchers have found that simply being around plants can induce your relaxation response.
3. Dance it out: Abandon all inhibitions and let loose. Dancing will not only improve your heart and lung health while building muscle, it helps maintain weight and improves balance, flexibility and agility.
4. Say no: Practice saying ‘no’ so you don’t overbook yourself. You can do anything, but not everything.
5. Take a time out: Take a few deep breaths, a quick catnap, stretch your muscles, or go for a quick 10-minute walk. Even a short break in your day can leave you surprisingly refreshed, increase your energy levels and improve productivity (and maybe even provide some additional “me time.”)
6. Do a small project or crafts: There’s nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment. Even if you aren’t the traditional “crafty” type, working on a creative activity can help reduce stress, boost happiness levels and may protect against aging. Try an adult coloring book.
7. Hang out with a BFF or family member: Research has shown that people who have social and long-lasting friendships live longer and enjoy better health and quality of life.
8. Listen to your heart: Remind yourself who you are by taking a moment to reflect on what’s most important in your life. Ask yourself, “What are my needs and desires, and what does my heart say?”
9. Finish your day by unplugging at least 60 minutes before bed: The use of computers (including smart phones) have been linked to reduced sleep, diminished sleep quality, obesity and lack of energy in the day. So turn off and do some reading, meditating, breathing exercises, Aromatherapy Stress Balls or just be at one with your thoughts and take this time to be grateful for your life and all that is in it.
Try some or all of these tips to help reduce and manage your stress
Remember: When you make time for you, everything — and everyone — in your life benefits.
I welcome any questions, sharing or comments you may have.
By Danielle Manibog
"It's all about the small things in life 'tidbits' that make us who we are"
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