It’s no surprise that most of us are living lifestyles that are busier than ever before. Time is becoming a precious commodity and the rise of the ‘time poor’ culture is definitely upon us. The busier we become the more stressed we tend to be, but it doesn’t have to be this way. While it may seem that we are ‘too busy’ to concern ourselves with our health, taking a few moments each day to de-stress can make a significant difference to our mental health.
Some simple ways to de-stress include:
Exercise is such a great way to de-stress. The type of exercise varies for everyone, but the studies conclusively show that consistently participating in some form of physical exercise is good for both your physical and mental health. The type of exercise doesn’t really matter and will differ for everyone – the main thing is to get moving! If time is an issue try to schedule your exercise on the way to or from work. Ride your bike or walk to work or fit in an exercise class on your lunch break. You’ll feel better for it and you might just enjoy it!
Leave the Office!
Even if you’re so busy that you don’t have time to take a break, at least take a location break. Grab your laptop or iPad and go to a local café with Wi-Fi or hotspot to your phone and work at the park. A simple change in location (especially if accompanied by a nice cup of coffee) can put you into a much better mood. The work is still getting done, but the change in scenery will be helping your stress levels to decrease.
Schedule in your ‘de-stress’ time
Think about the one thing that you can do each day to ease your stress and put it in your diary. Treat it like any other appointment and stick to it. What you choose to do will be different for everyone. For some it may be a new hobby, a long walk, a session of yoga or a visit to the gym. For others it could simply be a cup of coffee and a chance to flick through a magazine or read a book. Either way – prioritize it and make sure you do it!
Get enough sleep
It’s a common misconception that the more busy and stressed we are, the less we should be sleeping. In fact the opposite is true. By prioritizing sleep, you will increase your productivity and be more alert and better equipped to deal with the stresses that the day throws at you.
If you’re finding it stressful to do it all, sometimes it might be worthwhile to outsource some of your tasks. This could be as simple as having your groceries delivered or getting a gardener to mow the lawns, but in reality almost everything can be outsourced these days. Think about the tasks that stress you out the most and see if someone else can do them for you instead.
While it may seem like stress is just a part of life when you’re busy, it really doesn’t have to be. In the long run, taking the time to de-stress is hugely beneficially to all aspects of your life. Why not start now? Choose one activity that you know will decrease your stress levels and just do it!