In this fast-changing world, nobody has time to sit and relax. We have so many things at a time that we have forgotten the essence of life. Nowadays stress has nothing to do with the age of a person or for that matter his or her profession. From a kid to old aged person, everyone has a stress of some kind.
Yoga Mala conducts time to time various such workshops which help to reduce stress and brings vitality, energy and happiness in one’s life. Today I am going to discuss 10 simple and easy stress reduction tips for leading a stress-free life.
1. Be an early riser
Rising late in the morning is nowadays common among us. It cannot go worse by starting your day with stress: the stress of being late, the stress of heavy traffic en route, the stress of missing scheduled appointments etc.
Make a point to get up earlier in the morning. You can add various things in your early morning schedule like jogging, meditation, yoga etc.
2. What to eat and when to eat?
You don’t have to eat less but you just have to eat right. You should never ever skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast will make you grumpy and may cause the drop in blood sugar. It is very well said, “Eat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper”.
Increase your water intake. At least have 3-4 litres of water in a day. Avoid eating late evening. It is not recommended to eat dinner after 7 pm. Late evening eating can cause you to eat more calories than you require and will lead to weight gain. On the other hand, night time eating may also cause digestion problem & sleeping disorders.
3. Do some activity
Nowadays life has become very sedentary. People perform their job within limited space around them. The most job has become desk job. Inactivity is one of the biggest cause of stress since it increases the production of stress hormones.
Do some kind of activity in the form of yoga, exercise, play, walking, jogging, cycling. It could be anything and everything related to an activity. These days most of the office premises are well equipped with Gym or play area. Hit the gym or play table tennis whenever you get time. Various physical activities will not only help you manage stress but will help you with mental peace.
4. Do one thing at a time
How often have you seen people around you simultaneously talking on mobile, listening music, driving & having a sip of coffee? I am sure you must have seen many. We very well know how dangerous this very act could be on road. Don’t multitask. Don’t deal with many things at a time.
Just pick one work at a time, whichever you feel like, and finish it. This will give you satisfaction and motivate you to finish next task with more zeal and perfection. I know this is not that easy as it sounds. But, believe me, it takes practice before you are professional. Keep practising and you will get hold of it.
5. Take a break in between work
It is never good to work long hours without break. Long hours make it difficult stress management. Many times you get stuck unnecessarily solving things which you could have solved quickly with a fresh mind. Take short breaks in between work. It will refresh and calm you from within.
6. Try out some meditation
There is nothing like meditation when it comes stress reduction. Meditation helps to reduce your anxiety, tension and stress. Take out few minutes of your time to practice meditation.
Just like any other exercise you need to learn it first. You can get the help of an experienced yoga teacher or yoga studio nearby. Soon, you will discover the calming benefits of meditation on the clarity of the mind and calmness of the body.
7. Remain Focused
We remain distracted all the time to small gadgets which we carry all the time. Literally, we have become the slave to all these gadgets. Don’t indulge yourself too much checking mobile or email notifications. Remember! one thing at a time. Focus on your task and leave rest at bay. You will soon realise that you were able to finish things calmly and well before time.
Also very often we forget how many good things are happening around and we just ignore them for the sake of gadgets. It is better to avoid gadgets as much as you can.
Declutter is nothing but organizing things around you. How many times have you searched through your cluttered drawer to find particular stationary? Often, we get stressed out because we can’t find something we need. Sometimes we avoid getting organized because of laziness or sometimes task seems too large. But we forget that we spend more energy at times looking for something which is actually right in front of us.
You may also be interested in learning: 5 Ways to Declutter your Mind
Allocate a place for every item in your space. If required mark the space or location, so that you do not declutter in the near future. When you are done, you will find a nice & peaceful environment around you.
9. Daily routine
Having a routine life sounds so boring! Yeah! even I felt like this a while ago. Later I realised that I was not able to perform under pressure since I had no plan from before. I used to stress out in critical situations where everybody wanted more out of me. Routine life helps to be on top of your current situation. It allows you to accommodate those critical times where you have to prove your best.
10. Family time is quality time
Spending quality time with your family is a stress buster. If you follow above points, then you will soon realise that you do not have to work those extra hours in your workplace. Reach your home early and play with your kids or watch cartoon movies. Take your family to some nice cool picnic spots on weekends. You will return rejuvenated.
Do you know any other tips for stress reduction? Let me know in the comments section below!
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