Flexible little routines lower stress by increasing daily predictability.
Remember that your schedule doesn’t need to be rigid.
Create short lists for today and not beyond the weekend.
Take 10 minutes each evening to prepare for the next day.
Write down meal plans and pack lunches ahead of time. Pick
out clothing, set out shoes, and put items you need in one place.
Slow down and enjoy the moment you’re in.
Focus on the details of your everyday activities.
Regular exercise reduces stress and improves health. Small spurts of
activity work well even if you can’t schedule a workout. A 10-15 minute walk
can be as beneficial as a 45 minute workout to relieve anxiety.
Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and immune
health. It also improves management of physical pain as well as
lowers levels of the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine.
Spending time outdoors is a natural antidepressant. Natural scents and
sights have a calming effect. Take time to enjoy art, music and dance!
Take 5 minutes to breathe slowly and deeply when you
feel anxious. Slow breaths reduce stress hormones in
the body and lower heart rate and blood pressure.
Meditation is about finding inner peace. You don’t need to
learn to meditate. Find simple ways to clear your mind like
taking a bath or listening to soft music.
Journaling promotes reflection and organization of
thoughts. Entries can be however long you want. Journal
positive things that happened during your day,
achievements, and the little things that you are grateful for!
When you are well rested, you feel better!