Stress-busting over the Easter holidays
Most stress in our lives is self-inflicted. We can’t change the weather (though sometimes we’d like to!), we still have to go to work and those pesky bills still require paying, by making a few small changes can improve our outlook and combined with some practical tweaks, stress can be vastly reduced.
- Get up an hour early
A bit of self-love and reflection early in the day can aid in stress-busting. Instead of your usual morning rush ease yourself into the day with a slow shower and sit down to breakfast.
- Prioritise your time
Write a list of all the activities you need to complete today and number each one in priority/urgency. There will be days when the list is impossibly long so halve it and move less pressing items to tomorrow.
- Learn to say NO
Be realistic, you can be everywhere doing everything at the same time. Saying no to someone isn’t going to hurt them and may even get your time more valued. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Perfection doesn’t exist so we should all stop trying to attain something that isn’t even real. Understanding that the need to be perfect is a losing battle that will inevitably leave you drained and at a loss.
- Be active
Take some regular exercise, it is a powerful de-stressor. A stroll in the park or even down the street during your break not only wakes your body up but also releases positive hormones.
- Take time to relax
Find time in your day, even a quick five minutes, to step back and evaluate how the day is progressing. Think about the number of tasks you can realistically perform at one time.
- Put the day to rest
Spend a few minutes evaluating your day at the end of the day. It is important to focus on the positives, even the very small ones, and not dwell on the negatives. Give yourself a metaphorical pat on the back.