Feeling stressed? Your daily habits could be to blame.
There comes a point in our life where we might start to feel a little stressed with the way things are going. It might be because of your job or career, maybe a life changing event that is about to happen like moving somewhere new. Or, it could just be anxiety taking over for no good reason. That moment when it feels like your stress is consuming you is awful – believe me I know. My middle name is anxiety. I also know that it can feel like it’s all out of our control, but in reality, it’s actually just our own daily habits fueling the situation a lot of times. I thought I would talk about some of the common ways your daily routine and habits could be causing your stress levels to increase and ruining your chances of having a nice, relaxing day.
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Are you getting enough sleep?
One of the big issues with stress is that it can affect many aspects of your life and sleep is one of them. The bummer is that it’s sort of a vicious cycle since the less sleep you get, the more agitated and stressed you can feel. It’s is important to keep in mind that getting more sleep could leave you feeling feel less stressed, though.
Not taking your phone with you to bed can make a big difference, although I’m guilty of falling asleep to Netflix on a regular basis. Making time to relax and unwind from the day, and reducing the amount of caffeine and alcohol you have can all be great ways to improve the quality of sleep that you will get. Also just forcing yourself to go to bed early is important. I’m a night owl and could easily (and happily) stay up until 4 am every day, but I feel so much better the next day if I go to bed around 9:30 or 10.
Are you taking actions to calm the stress in your life?
Sometimes when I’m feeling stressed, I just get overwhelmed and let myself dwell. It’s easy to just do nothing, but the best thing to do is force yourself to think through the situation and try to find a solution. Exercise, if you’re able, is a great way to relieve stress as it enables you to focus your mind on other activities. Maybe you could try some other remedies for stress relief like a tonic or even essential oils to try and calm your surroundings. Meditation is also a good option and there are a lot of guided meditation apps you can download to your phone to help you get started. If none of those work for you, just do something that brings you comfort, whether that be listening to music or cleaning or whatever else works for you.
Could your lack of organization be to blame?
Feeling like you’re not on top of things can be a big source of stress, so maybe your organization skills are letting you down. Planning your week and knowing what you have ahead of you is great for your mental wellbeing, and it can also stop any other aspects of stress creeping into your life. You may want to consider planning your meals or even taking time out once a week to look at your planner and making a to-do list. It can be super satisfying to cross things off and the feeling of knowing you are getting things done could help lower your stress levels.
Are your thoughts a big obstacle?
Your mental health can play a huge part when it comes to feeling stressed, so it’s important for you to pay attention to your thought process. Negative thoughts can feed more negativity in life whereas positivity can do exactly the same only for a better end result. Try and focus your thoughts and outlook on feeling more positive, even if it feels forced at first. Look in the mirror and compliment yourself. Tell yourself things are going to be okay. Remind yourself that you’re capable and are going to do a good job. Eventually, it won’t feel so forced and positivity will start to come a little easier!
What’s your favorite way to lower the stress in your life?
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