“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Sydney J. Harris
Keeping the stress away from your life isn’t just about the big things and decisions.
It is also about the small things. About what you do and do not do from day to day.
Those small daily – helpful or unhelpful – habits add up very quickly over the weeks and can be the difference between being focused and feeling good about life or not being able to sleep or work properly and enjoy your life as much as you could.
Here are some ideas to live a less stressed out life.
5 Habits that will help you live stress-free
1. One thing at a time.
It is often tempting to multi-task to get things done quicker. But every time I feel that impulse I remind myself that in the past I have actually gotten better results, been able to focus more sharply and had less stress in my mind and body when I single-tasked.
And so I continue to do one thing at a time.
2. Just write it all down.
Trying to remember every idea, meeting and so on is not the best use of your mind.
And if your memory is anything like mine then you may lose many ideas if they are not captured pretty quickly. So just write all of your good or great ideas, insights, and thoughts down to keep them safe and to unload your mind.
3. Don’t guess. Ask.
Trying to read minds usually don’t go so well at all. So instead, just communicate and ask.
By doing so you promote openness in your relationships in the long run and that will also help you to minimize unnecessary conflicts, misunderstandings, negativity and waste or time and energy.
4. Keep everything in its place.
If everything has its place then your home and workspace will have a more calming effect and it will be less stressful to find those important papers or your keys and wallet as you are heading out to catch the next bus.
5. When overcome with stress, just breathe.
When stressed, lost in a problem or the past or future in your mind breathe a little more deeply than usual and make sure you breathe with your belly. Do this for about 1-2 minutes.
It will calm your body down and bring your mind back from future worries or past mistakes and into what is happening right here in the present moment again.