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12 Simple and Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

November 2, 2017

We’re bound to deal with stress while living very busy lives. It’s inevitable. For some of us, certain stressful moments can be harder to cope than normal. It’s very important to know when to take a step back though when stress gets harder to handle. As much as it feels like you’ve hit rock bottom, you can get over this hurdle. Consider trying one of these simple and healthy ways to manage stress.

1. Eat better.

Thinking about a diet is usually the last thing on our mind when under pressure. Honestly, you’re probably skipping meals to save time or eating unhealthy snacks as a quick stress reliever. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging yourself with sweets, you can’t forget to manage a healthy, balanced meal planning too. Maybe try eating a salad for lunch instead!

2. Listen to music.

Turning on your favorite playlist could be an instant mood booster. What kind of music makes you happy? For me, it’s Disney music. That’s right—I’m jamming out to Lion King and Frozen songs during my 9 to 5. It might sound silly, but listening to your favorite songs ever can clear your mind for a few moments.

3. Sweat it out.

Letting out steam is a great way to manage stress and sometimes a quick workout does that. Block out 30 minutes to jump on a treadmill or take a run outside for some exercise.

4. Clean your space.

A cluttered area might make you feel more overwhelmed than needed. Clearing out your workspace can be a great first step to start on a fresh note and feel like you have accomplished something for the day.

5. Stay hydrated.

When stressed, we really do forget to take care of ourselves. Drinking water is a healthy (and super easy) habit to follow in our daily lives. Also, it helps you maintain a healthy body because sickness is the last thing you need on your plate!

6. Indulge in a “guilty pleasure.”

Sometimes we have to be a little selfish and take time away to do something that we really enjoy. Maybe it’s watching your favorite show on Netflix or treating yourself to your favorite takeout place, but you shouldn’t be guilty of treating yourself after a stressful day.

7. Take a walk.

If you feel cooped up in your office or a library all day, take a walk outside. The fresh air will give you much-needed energy without putting too much effort in it.

8. Turn off your screens.

Some of our jobs require us to stare at a computer throughout the entire day. Your eyes need some rest, so take a break and consider trying out one of these other stress relievers that are screen free.

9. Make a to-do list.

Organization is key when handling many things at once. To-do lists are a great way to figure out what to prioritize first. Think about your deadlines. Also, try not to multi-task if you really want to be productive.

10. Sleep it off.

Pulling allnighters isn’t going to help you get more work done. Sometimes you need to give your body a good night’s rest and come morning time, you’ll feel much better to accomplish all the things.

11. Meditate.

If you can spare a few minutes of your time, take a breath and meditate. Some deep breathing exercises can help manage your anxiety if you’re dealing with more stress than normal.

12. Take a bath.

There’s no better way to end your long day than taking a nice, hot bath. Throw in a bath bomb or salts to really make it a relaxing one.

How do you manage stress? Share your tips/habits in the comments below.

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Author: Katina Beniaris

Born in Chicago, Katina has always been drawn to cities. She spent her college years in the heart of Chicago studying journalism and she travels to various cities every year for new experiences. When she’s not blogging, you can find her catching up on the latest pop culture sensation on Netflix.

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