Following on from my vlog and podcast based on 'Stress sucks', I have put together this action plan of ways to reduce.
You may be able to implement one, or hopefully, many of these to help with stress relief.
Ways to reduce stress
It is advisable to work no more than 10 hours a day
You should take at least 1 ½ days off from work per week
If you are unhappy at work, look at your options to improve or change this, we all have options!! i.e. new job, change of career, re-training
It is advisable to allow at least ½ hour in order to eat at mealtimes, giving time to consume and for the digestion process to start without ‘eating on the go’
Eat your food slowly and chew your food well, try not to talk while chewing, as this causes air intake and can cause indigestion while eating
Look at your eating patterns
Eat a diet balanced with vitamins and minerals
Listen to relaxation music
Practice meditation or relaxation techniques daily, ideally twice a day for 15 mins per session
Try to slow down your pace in daily activities, such as, talking, eating, walking
Smile and have a cheery nature towards colleagues, friends & family
Take at least one holiday per year, where you take a break from your daily activities
Try and take physical exercise at least 3 x 20 minutes per week
Yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates are all great de-stressing forms of exercise
It is important to get fresh air daily, 10 minutes per day if possible
Being outdoors will also give you a dose of UV rays, which gives you vitamin D
Seek professional advice if you are experiencing emotional upsets, such as relationship problems.
Express your feelings openly.
Do not act with hostility towards others
Find a hobby to spend your leisure time doing, try to choose a hobby that is non-competitive as this could create more stress for you.
Having regular massages can help for stress relief as well as helping with muscle tension
Don’t dwell on the past, what’s done is done!
Equally, do not focus too much on the future, as this can lead to uncertainties, causing anxiety
Concentrate on the here and now.
Work methodically through your tasks, completing one before starting another. This will be more satisfying as you will be able to see what you have achieved.
Avoid multi-tasking excessively
Do not set unrealistic deadlines
Prioritise your tasks so you work through the important tasks first, and remember, there is always tomorrow!
Do not become dependent on drugs, alcohol, smoking or other methods of dependants to lift your mood.
Take responsibility for your actions
Don’t pass the buck, by blaming others
I hope these have provided you with some ways to help manage your stress.
Here are just a few essential oils that could be helpful with stress
Thank you for reading, until next time
Karen Ashton Author – Podcaster, Author, Teacher, Mentor
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