No matter who you are or what you do, every person at one point or another has felt overwhelmed. Whether that’s in a job, at home, or life in general, the feeling of stress can seem like an incontrollable emotion that we can’t get a handle on. While problems don’t always disappear in an instance, here are some of the best hacks to help you better manage your stress.
De-Clutter Your Space
Even though it can be time consuming, one of the things that I have always felt to bring me peace is a clean environment. If you feel overwhelmed at work, a clean office or workspace is everything. If your stress arises at home, having a clean room can feel like a breath of fresh air (don’t tell my mom I said that). If you don’t have it in you to clean your entire space, a clean bed or an organized desk at work is a good place to start.
Be One With Your Calendar
Whenever I’m stressed, I always feel like I am in a race against time. I don’t know if it’s because I’m disorganized, or because I don’t know what is happening and when, but what I do know is I would cease to exist without my calendar. If it isn’t already, your calendar should be your best friend. It doesn’t matter how detailed you are, but providing yourself with a visual schedule will make it easier to take on each day at a time. I recommend using a digital calendar that can connect to your most used devices.
Make A List
Not only is creating a list a great way to stay on track of your day, but it is also a source of accomplishment when you are finally able to check off everything on it. This is something I do every single day in order to feel in control of my tasks, feelings and surroundings.
Write It Down
As someone quite fond of the written word, I always resort to journaling. It’s a safe outlet to release your stress, and is associated with improving mental health and communication skills.
Old me: The last thing I want to do is waste time working out when I have so much on my mind and so much stuff to do.
Me now: If I don’t get to exercise today, I will be so mad.
I used to think working out was only important for physical health. Now more than ever, I value my time at the gym. When you work out, your brain releases endorphins; reducing feelings of pain and stress, while also making us feel better.
Plan A Fun Activity
When the only clothes I wear are work clothes and pajamas, I know I need a break. Find some time in your schedule and plan something in your day that you will actually enjoy. Often times, we can get so wrapped up in our work and other things going on, we forget to do something for ourselves.
Sleep is essential, and not getting enough can be detrimental to how we look, feel and act. It is easy to incorporate more sleep into your schedule, and the change will be extremely beneficial. Try by going to sleep one hour earlier than you normally do, and even that small change will make a huge difference.
Listen To Music
Sometimes, the only way to turn around a stressful day is a great playlist. If you don’t have time to make your own, ask a friend or use a music streaming service.