Top Ways To Beat Stress

Creating a stress-free life may not always be a realistic goal to work towards. Managing and keeping stress at a low level, however, is a much more easily attainable goal. It’s important you work towards realistic goals as not reaching your goals often results in being severely discouraged and veering off track. With stress becoming a normal part of life, managing it becomes even more important for not just your health but your personal life, professional life and for all those around you who need you to be at your best. Here are some tips to help you beat your stress:

  1. “Me-Time”:
    You schedule everything else – why not schedule time for yourself? Whether it is a hobby, a long bath, a few rounds of golf or catching up on a TV show, block out an hour or so from your schedule to allow your attention to be focused on an activity that you enjoy. Make time to laugh and smile either by yourself or with your loved ones. It will make you feel a lot better and allow you to return to your work refreshed and thus more productive.
  2. Don’t Ignore Your Inner Voice:
    Just like you listen to your body and go to a doctor if something doesn’t feel right, listen to your mind when it yells out for a break. Much like an exhausted driver behind the wheel, the decisions you make may not all be the best and the quality of your work will suffer if you ignore that voice. Remember, the best you is a healthy you, both physically and mentally.
  3. Diet Does Matter:
    Believe it or not, and as unfortunate as it may seem, diet does matter here. An unhappy body adds to your stress. Not eating enough, eating too much and eating the wrong things all contribute to an unhappy body. Too much caffeine, salt, alcohol and acidic food creates an imbalance your anxiety, mood, drowsiness and focus. Not eating enough, as we all know, results in irritability – whether you feel hungry or not – and going for long periods of time without food really makes for questionable decisionmaking. So, eat. Eat smart and at regular intervals.

With the end of summer drawing near, schedules are on the brink of changing just like the seasons. It goes without saying, with kids going back to school and everyone gearing up for not so distant holidays, your stress will undoubtedly increase. You take charge of everything else in your life, take charge of your stress. Learning to manage stress should be a constant in your life. Stress, if left unattended, can have serious health implications such as heart disease. You are too important to your family, friends and co-workers to let stress win in your life. Beginning to manage it with these simple tips can go a long way fast.

Ashley Morales is a student at Rutgers University and a Marketing Intern with C2G Partners