Where would the world be without stress? Stemming from too much work and not enough time, stress knows all the right ways to make you feel like you’re spinning out of control and like you’ve really gone and lost it. It’s pretty great, right?
But, seriously, stress—for lack of better terms—sucks. Between the splitting migraines and the grey hairs, dealing with the stress of living and working can easily and quickly drain a person in the most discouraging way possible.
Because no one wants stress but everyone has to deal with it, here are six quick tips to keep stress not so stressful.
If you have a lot going on at once or your entire day is filled with one activity, after the other, after the other, then you need to eat food that will help get you through these activities. Munching on a Snickers bar and a bag of Cheetos will not give you any energy, and if anything, will make you feel more tired and less equipped to handle the day’s tasks.
Manage your time.
A great way to not get anything done is to poorly manage your time. You need to allot specific time periods to each activity. If you don’t, one of two things will happen. You will overcommit yourself, thinking that you have enough time to complete all your to-dos when, in all actuality, it’s physically impossible. Or, you will get carried away on trivial tasks and items, leaving you with no time to complete what’s really important.
When people get stressed, a typical reaction is to withdraw from society. They don’t want to deal with people on top of their stress. But this would be a mistake. Your friends, family members, and coworkers will usually help you manage your stress, not add to it. They can probably give you advice on how to shuffle to-dos around and might even take an activity or two off your list for you.
If you feel like your stress is on the brink of boiling over, then you need to give yourself a break. Too often, people do the exact opposite of this—thinking that they need to work harder, not less. However, if you give yourself a few minutes to calm your mind, it’ll give you a shot to think things through more clearly. In the process, you’ll reduce your stress level and have the opportunity to recapture the day.
Taking a break is a good start to de-stressing, but if reducing stress is your ultimate mission, then make the extra effort to find your way to the outside world. Smell the fresh air and soak up the vitamin D. It’s strange how even the littlest bit of sunshine can drastically rejuvenate a person.
Sleeping is probably the most important tip of the bunch. It won’t matter if you have 100 really important tasks or one ridiculously simple one; if you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll feel miserable, stressed, and highly unmotivated to perform. Sleeping is critical to your health and your productivity. Don’t take it for granted.