6 Quick Tips for Reducing Stress

By on June 6, 2019

Stress is on the rise. There is no question about that.

Our world is becoming increasingly fast-paced and there seems to be an endless list of demands being placed on each and every one of us. This is why it’s so important to be proactive when it comes to your stress management.

You need to manage your stress levels to ensure that you are continually able to perform at your highest levels! So today I’m going to walk you through my top 6 quick tips for reducing stress.

TIP 1: Align Your Life with Your Goals & Values

I’m going to start with my favorite tip for reducing stress levels. I may be slightly biased because this is what I’ve been helping people like you to accomplish for years. However, the results don’t lie. Taking the time to align your life values and goals with your lifestyle is an amazing way to improve your happiness, facilitate your success, and reduce your stress.

To do this you need to take the time to reflect in detail on what your life values and goals are. What you’re trying to figure out is exactly what you need in your life and what you want to accomplish in order to be happy.

If you go through life with no idea what your values and goals are you may likely waste a ton of time pursuing the wrongs paths. This leads to wasted time, energy, and effort chasing after either someone else’s goals and values, or the wrong ones entirely. This results in a lot of stress.

So take the time to figure out what your life values and goals are and then begin designing your lifestyle around those!

TIP 2: Become a Better Time-Manager

If you’re anything like me, your ‘To-Do’ list is never-ending. This can be highly stressful. But I’m here to tell you that there is a solution. Through developing better time-management skills you can smash your list into oblivion!

The first thing you need to do is accept that you only have 24 hours in a day and that you won’t be able to get everything done every day. That’s just the reality of life. After you’ve done that you need to rank and prioritize each of the items on your To-Do list in regards to their importance and when they need to be completed by. This lets you break your list into more manageable pieces for you to complete over a few days.

You will have to learn to say no to some things and events in order to get more important things checked off your list. Learning how to manage your time this way and say no to tasks which are not currently a priority for you will greatly reduce your stress levels.

TIP 3: Note What Stresses You Out

Sometimes the first step towards solving a problem is becoming aware of what exactly that problem is. This is why stress diaries or notebooks are some of the best tools for helping you reduce your stress. Additionally, they’re incredibly simple.

To begin a stress journal all you need is a pen and a notebook. Every time something stresses you out note down the situation. Ask yourself what was the main stressor? Were other people involved? Were you stressed physically, emotionally, or mentally? Then give a rating from 1-5 regarding how stressful the event was for you (5 being the most stressful).

Doing this will help you to become more aware of the common stressors in your life. As you become more aware of these problems you’ll be able to come up with solutions to combat them. This greatly reduces the stress caused by these daily events in your life.

TIP 4: Exercise

You’ve probably heard this one to death. But that’s because it’s an important one and it works!

Obviously, the recommended levels of physical activity are 30 minutes a day. But, it has continually been shown that even just a few minutes a day of physical exercise has the ability to reduce your stress levels.

So set aside some time to go for a walk or a short jog. Maybe invest in a gym membership. The end result of your efforts here will not only be improved stress levels but improved physical health as well.

TIP 5: Get Some Rest

It’s so important to make sure you’re getting the recommended hours of sleep. You should not let yourself fall short of this goal. Lack of sleep can skyrocket your stress levels and hinder your ability to relax.

Avoid things like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine right before you plan to head to bed as well. These substances can disturb your sleep. Additionally, avoid working right up until you go to sleep. Mentally stimulating your brain in this way right before bed makes it more difficult to get into a relaxed state required for a good night’s rest.

Activities such as taking a warm shower, reading a book, or simply deep breathing are great ways to relax before bed.

TIP 6: Learn Some Relaxation Techniques

There are a ton of different relaxation techniques out there. Hypnosis, deep breathing, meditation, counting backward, and the list could continue on for a long time. What’s important is that you learn about these different techniques and select a few that you think may work for you.

As you go about learning these new techniques remember, like anything else, these are skills. To perfect skills takes practice. So don’t get frustrated if you don’t see results immediately. When I took up meditation it took me a few weeks before I really started noticing the results. But those few weeks flew by and were definitely worth the time invested, making these relaxation techniques still fairly quick ways to reduce stress.

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About Mark Lynch

Mr. Lynch is the founder of “The Excellence Addiction: Life Balance Community”. If you would be interested in learning more about what Mark does and how to begin living your ideal life take a look at the Excellence Addiction Website: www.theexcellenceaddiction.com

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