Some days are much more stressful than the others. You just have to stay cool and do what you have to do. Couple of stressful days or even a stressful week is quite normal and all of us can survive that. But sometimes life gets extremely busy and the stress can stay with us for a long time. And obviously that’s not a good thing. Being busy is one thing but feeling stressed out all the time is always a bad sign. If there’s a lot stress in your life, you should really try to do something to change things.
I have noticed that when life gets stressful, the best way to survive is to maintain a healthy work-life balance. In my opinion a balanced life is a good life. And for me that balance means listening to myself. When I have big projects going on at work or at school, I try to keep my free time peaceful. That means I won’t do any major life changes, train too hard at the gym or partying hard with my friends. When things are busy at work I prefer to do some yoga and long walks, read books and take naps. That’s how I keep things balanced.
But how could you reduce stress when things are getting way too overwhelming and maintaining a work-life balance is hard or even impossible? Well, there are some little and easy things you can do to reduce stress when life gets extremely busy. These are my best tips.
5 Easy Ways To Reduce Stress
This is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress quickly. And if you think meditation is total woo-woo, you should think again. Many people think meditating is always something spiritual as well, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Just set a timer for 10 minutes, take a seat, close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Try to keep your mind empty and focus completely on the present moment. You are here and everything is great. After 10 minutes you’ll feel refreshed and you’re ready to keep going. It’s that simple. Nothing spiritual happened here, right?
If you find meditating hard, there are a lot of apps that will help you to get started with a regular meditating practice. I try to meditate at least 3 times a week, but it’s sometimes hard to make time for it. That’s a bit crazy, since it only takes 10 minutes! Anyway, it’s totally worth trying when life gets overwhelming.
2. Take a nap
Have you ever heard about power naps? Well, they aren’t call them “power” naps for nothing! Sleeping is wonderful and sleeping in the middle of the day is even better. So, whenever you have 15 minutes time, take advantage of it and take a nap. It helps you to feel refreshed again and after naps you can cope with stressful situations much better. Take a nap and it’s easier to focus on work again.
3. Go for a little walk
When you face a stressful situation at work, one of the best ways to handle it is to go for a little walk. It’s even better to have a walk in the woods or in some place where you can see the nature. Have a walk, take deep breaths and try to forget the difficult or stressful situation for a moment. Walking is actually very healthy and this little moment out of the office gives your brain a little rest. After a little walk you are ready to cope with that stressful situation again.
Walking is actually very good way to maintain that healthy work-life balance as well. Everyday after work I have a long walk with my dog and it really allows me to leave the busy day behind and focus on other things in my life. This kind of habits definitely help you to avoid burning out even when your work is very busy and challenging.
4. Do some light exercising
When your life is stressful, it’s not a good idea to do any heavy work outs. So now it’s not your time to try that new “army bootcamp work out” at your gym. Stress is very hard for your body and it can be hard to recover from work if you keep pushing your body even further at the gym. But light exercise can actually help your body and mind to recover. That’s why I highly recommend having those little walks or doing yoga or other light exercises.
5. Do something completely else
If you spend your days staring at your computer screen and talking on the phone with clients or coworkers, do something completely else at home. Grow herbs on your windowsill, get your hands dirty in the garden or grab those old DIY projects and finish them. Do anything that helps you to forget your office work. Honestly, I believe that we all should have hobbies that are very far from our day job. That keeps life well-balanced and interesting.
It’s very important to remember that feeling stressed out every now and then is completely normal. These 5 ways help you to quickly reduce stress in this kind of temporary situations. But when this kind of situation seems never-ending, it’s time to do some big changes. The first thing is to find the work-life balance and if that doesn’t help, it’s time to think if your work really is worth all the stress.
So, how do you cope with stressful situations? I’d really love to hear your thoughts.