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.
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.