Stress levels are constantly on the rise. Whether it is family drama, work responsibilities, or financial instability, there is almost never a moment with nothing to worry about. What’s important to the designate some time to decompress each day, week, or even once a month if that is the only amount of time that you have. Here are some ways that you can start by making today, or tomorrow, a little less stressful.
Sleep is one of the simplest things that you can change. However, it may not be so easy. Going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier will allow your body to get enough rest, and you’ll be able to accomplish more in the morning without rushing to get out the door. Starting your day with a healthy meal and productivity will set the tone for the rest of the day.
Each day, create a list of what needs to be accomplished. Whether this is for work, or just for chores around the house, this will help you visual how much time you can spend on each task before the day ends. Don’t stress about accomplishing everything. Prioritize and accomplish the necessary things first, and move less time-sensitive tasks to the next day in order to keep a good life/work balance. Limit distractions around your to-do list. Only allow for certain interruptions like time-sensitive emails when you’re at work, or important family matters if you’re focusing on chores.
Although you might be worrying about all of the items you’re going to push from today’s to-do list to tomorrow, don’t. You cannot control everything, especially how many hours there are in day. If you ran out of time to work on a project, it has to wait until tomorrow so that you can get home to have dinner with your family. The quality of your work will suffer if you’re working through late hours or anxiously trying to finish something.
Sometimes, you can’t take on another project, or another chore, or join your friends for a night out. If you have an incredibly busy work week ahead of you, it’s important to say no to socializing, just for the moment. You’ll need your rest, and you’ll also need a reason to celebrate when you accomplish a major project and can get together with friends or family afterword.
Lastly, it’s important to be grateful. Each day, whenever you find some quiet time, be sure to reflect on the day, or that month, or even your life in general. Think about where you were a year ago, and how far you’ve come. Growth can happen slowly, so it’s important to stop and appreciate it from time to time. Keep your reflections positive by thinking about the highlight of your day. Let that positivity carry you into the night for a restful sleep.