Stress Awareness Month
Normally taxes are due and the pressure of organizing receipts and paperwork is high. This year the Pandemic has brought a whole new meaning to Stress.
7 ways you can manage stress:
- Multitask less, mono-task more: The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try do do so. Pick a designated time each day to mute the phone, silence the noise around you and ask co-workers/family members to to interrupt and focus 100% on an important priority.
- Don't be a chronic media checker: Eighty six percent of Americans say they constantly check their email, texts or social media accounts. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. Instead block time at the beginning and end of the say to check email and disable social media notifications evenings and weekends.
- Limit Choices: Making decisions can be stressful and we are faced with an increasing number of them each day. Try sticking to a routine, simplify your wardrobe and keep to the tried and true basics instead of trying the newest brand or product.
- Don't over think things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. Stop thinking about the past and visualize where you want to be in the future.
- Daydream: Idle times can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace opportunity's free from technology.
- Mediate: Invest 10 minutes daily to sit still and focus on breathing. Practicing stillness regularly rewires your brain to keep your emotional reactivity to stress under control and make calmer decisions.
- Heighten spirituality: Religious services, yoga mediation or quiet walk in the woods; any spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Spirituality connects you to a broader world which enables you to stop trying to control all things by yourself.