10 tips to help manage the tension
Unable to remain calm throughout your slew of meetings, parent-teacher conferences, and other important appointments? Read our tips below to control your stress level and, we promise, everything will be much better!
1. Be realistic.
Stop overestimating your ability to do it all in one day. Realistic time management can help eliminate a lot of stress. So, determine your priorities, get rid of redundant tasks and, above all, stop procrastinating!
2. Learn to say “no”.
Know your limits and stick to them! Whether in your personal or professional life, target your priorities and learn to avoid the surprises that come up in everyday life, such as tasks that add to your workload, unexpected dates with you BFF, etc.
3. Accept the inevitable.
Some things in life can’t be changed, so it’s better to learn to simply live with them! For example, stop raging over your traffic woes and opt for public transit instead. This change in your routine also acts as a good time-saver.
4. Watch what you eat.
Eliminate or reduce your caffeine, sugar, alcohol and cigarette intake, which can wreak havoc on your nervous system. Opt for foods rich in vitamin C, such as blueberries, which can help reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
5. Don’t eat at your desk.
Lunchtime has arrived: get up and walk far away from your desk as humanly possible! Make time for a meal with colleagues in the staff kitchen or out at a nearby restaurant. This change in environment will do you good and you will be more focused upon your return.
Two hormones are produced by stress: cortisol and adrenaline. These increase your heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar. To release tension and allow your body to reach a chemical balance, squeeze in a good workout, as physical exertion releases endorphins, the well-being hormone.
7. Maintain a positive attitude.
When you feel overwhelmed by stress, take a moment to think about everything that makes you happy in life. This short break will allow you to put things in perspective ... and help you smile again!
8. Express yourself.
Socializing helps in the release of oxytocin, a hormone that helps fight stress and relieve pressure. Feel free to talk to those closest to you about any concerns you may have and, if necessary, consult a professional who will listen and help.
It should be marked in your calendar every day: relax! Reserve a minimum of 30 minutes daily to perform an activity you enjoy, such as reading, walking or yoga. You'll thus be doubly-productive in the future.
10. Get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep is essential to recover from your daily stresses. You should get at least seven or eight hours of sleep per night. So be sure to take the necessary steps to enjoy the benefits of a good night's sleep!
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