A lot of the pressure and stress we tend to experience is brought on by little choices we make or don’t make throughout the day. There are many simple ways to lighten the load and become more aware of how easily we bring stress upon ourselves.
Here are 24 of them:
#1. Sleep as late as you want on your days off. Getting plenty of rest is essential in the reduction of stress and illness.
#2. If a book doesn’t interest you within the first 3 or 4 chapters, a movie doesn’t interest you within the first 20 or 30 minutes, or a TV show doesn’t interest you within the first 2 or 3 episodes, stop reading/watching/wasting your time. It’s okay to quit things that don’t interest or enlighten you.
#3. Forgive yourself when you can’t show up. You can always try again tomorrow.
#4. Dress comfortably. Outer comfort contributes to inner comfort.
#5. Do whatever makes sense to you, even if it doesn’t make sense to other people. Only you have to live with the choices you make.
#6. Avoid starting your day with mindless social media browsing. If you must, reach for a book or listen to music instead.
#7. Take a day off from literally everything whenever possible. Give yourself a break. Relax. Do nothing.
#8. Stop interacting with people who make you feel low. Cut toxicity out of your life.
#9. Indulge in your favorite comfort food from time to time. You deserve it.
#10. Do not feed negativity. Be willing to walk away and ignore comments that threaten to compromise your peace of mind.
#11. Celebrate the baby steps and little victories in life. All progress is good progress.
#12. Detach from technology and spend quality time with loved ones and/or pets on a daily basis. The excessive use of technology worsens depression, weakens the mind, and wastes valuable time that could and should be spent on cultivating joy and productivity.
#13. Practice time management. There are plenty of hours in a day when you know how to utilize them.
#14. Vent to someone who cares about you. It’s important to get your thoughts and concerns off your chest rather than let them consume you from the inside out.
#15. Find or create a “happy place,” whether it’s in your home or a separate location. Go there when stress, anxiety or depression gets the best of you.
#16. Create simple weekly to-do lists when you feel overwhelmed. Being able to physically see what you need to do and check things off as you go helps eliminate the stress of feeling as though you lack proper time management.
#17. Avoid topics of conversation that bore or distress you. You are never obligated to talk about anything or anyone you don’t want to.
#18. Do not hesitate to cancel or reschedule plans if you don’t feel up to following through with them. You are only obligated to yourself and your own mental and physical health.
#19. Let certain calls go to voicemail and certain texts go unanswered. You don’t always have to be glued to your phone, especially if it distracts you from enjoying yourself and the people you love.
#20. Say no when the answer is truly no. Overextending yourself to please others is toxic and entirely unnecessary.
#21. Spend some time alone every day, even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes. Alone time clears your mind and rejuvenates your soul.
#22. Find a creative outlet for your pain and confusion. Getting your negative thoughts and emotions out in front of you in a creative and productive way is an excellent tool for healing and stress relief.
#23. Make time for fun. Don’t let day-to-day monotony keep you from doing what you enjoy.
#24. Know that it’s okay to change your mind, change your path, change your priorities. Change is the only thing you can count on in life. Embrace it.