We all struggle to keep a work life balance, and when you’re stressed it can feel like the whole world is against you. But there are ways to manage stress, and to keep its impacts to a minimum, even if you can’t always change the cause.
Manage your time
One of the hardest things to do when you have a lot of stress at work, or a lot of projects to contend with, is to stop working at the end of the day. It can feel like if you just work one more hour you can get everything done. But that one hour very often turns into two or three, and before you know it your life revolves around ticking off your work to do list. Keeping hours for yourself where you’re not allowed to work can help you to relax, switch off and refresh yourself for your day of work ahead. Your brain functions are likely to be better in the hours you do choose to work, and you’re likely to be more productive and get more done. Less really is more in this case.
Meditation has increased in popularity recently, and with its incredible benefits to your mind and body it’s easy to see why. It can help you to switch off your brain, and give you a break from the thoughts which bounce around your brain from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. Just 10 minutes every day will give you a more positive outlook on life, refresh your mind and give you a more focused perspective on your life.
Spend time with friends and family
There’s a reason we choose our friends and family – they make us happy, they challenge us and we find them interesting. So make sure you’re spending enough quality time with both your friends and family and you’ll feel the effects of stress on both your mind and body less. Quality time includes switching off your phone and paying attention to only the people you’re with, so find something fun to do like going out for a meal, going for a walk or taking part in a sport.
Walk it out
One of the best things you can do for your brain is to let it rest and relax, and if you’re feeling the effects of stress it’s easy to forget that. When I feel stressed or come across a problem I’m finding it hard to solve one of the best things I can do is to spend time in nature. It doesn’t have to be a long walk or a power walk, just being among green plants and trees and moving around, getting the circulation going, can help us look at a problem from a different angle, which reduces stress and increases clarity.
Sleep has a nourishing effect on both the mind and the body, and can help us to fend off stressful situations. It gives our brains a chance to sort through our memories and thoughts from the previous day’s events, digest food and gives us more energy for the day ahead, which can increase concentration, clarity of mind and energy levels. It can be tempting to skip sleep in favour of working or getting that project finished, but try to keep to 7-8 hours of sleep every night for a healthy body and healthy mind.
Whether you’re stressed at work, at home or in your relationship make sure you find your own personalised top 5 ways to manage stress, and you’ll soon feel relaxed and in control of the situation.