We all have busy and stressful lives, and sometimes it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our health should be a major priority in all of our lives, and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming when trying to make healthy changes to your life. I have found that when I make it a priority to manage my stress, my mental health, quality of work produced and relationships improve. Here are five simple yet effective ways that I use to manage my stress.

Work out a few times a week

Working out is a great stress reliever, and it is good for your body. As we know from our favorite gal, Elle Woods, says “endorphins make you happy.” By working out, you are relieving some of the stress and pressure built up in your body while working to clear your mind.

Drink water

Your body and brain will run smoother if your body is hydrated. It is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces each day. I have found that if I always carry a water bottle with me, I will drink more water. If your body is hydrated, it will run smoother and you can get more accomplished.

Change your perspective

Things could always be worse. When I am stressed, I often check myself, and think “this could be worse, at least my dad still does not have cancer.” My family and close friends are all healthy,  I am healthy, and we all live good lives. By realizing what I have, I am able to see that the battles I am facing are not as big as they seem.

Being proactive, not reactive

Being proactive, and not reactive, will change your life and stress levels for the better. When you are planning things out and have an idea of what is to come, you will be prepared for anything that comes your way. When you don’t, you have to respond at the last minute or rush through a project.

Rest

Even though it might seem like it, you cannot do everything in a day. It is okay to take time for your body and mind to recuperate. God took a day to rest after he created Earth. If you do not take care of yourself, it is likely that your stress will consume you. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of what you need to take care of.

Kallie B
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When Kallie is not working full time trying to raise money, she is often studying how people process political messages. Powered with 2 undergraduate degrees, 1 graduate degree and now working towards a Ph.D., she has dived into the world of political communication and psychophysiological research. She is a 5th generation Texan, and has been in politics since she was 8 years old.