We live in a busy universe – we are busy 24/7. Very often we find that there is not enough time to do everything we want to in a day. Here are some simple ways to help you reduce your stress levels and boost your mood and energy levels.
1. Make your bed. This will help create a calm environment in your bedroom.
2. Pack a healthy snack. Before you go to work ensure that grab a fruit. Pack a healthy snack. This ensure that when you feel like a snack later in the day you have a healthy one at hand instead of the bag of chips, chocolates, etc. that you find is easy to pick up from the closest store.
3. Clear your desk. Tidy your work place. Decluttering your environment will help you feel lighter and help you concentrate on your work. Clutter can make you lose focus and curb productivity.
4. Listen to music. Studies have shown that listening to music can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and boost mood. Listening to the right music will help change your attitude. So play music while you drive to work, at work and when you are back home.
5. Stretch. Light stretching is very beneficial. It can help improve your circulation and flexibility, and may help ease the tight muscles that accompany stress. Some stretches you can do at work are lifting your arms above your head, or stretching your legs at your desk or by walking outside.
6. Meditate. Try meditation and deep breathing to relax and keep your mind off the stress. All you need to do is find a comfortable position in a chair or on the floor. Meditating for a few minutes on a daily basis has been shown to fight depression and ease stress.
8. Keep a diary. Everyday write down the things you are thankful for, whether they are big or small things. dont write your complaints, as they bring negative energy. Being thankful for what you have can make you appreciate all the positives in your life.
9. Turn off your electronic devices. Staring at computer screens and electronics all day long can zap your energy and encourage inactivity. So log off your email, phones, and Internet (including the social networking web sites). This will help you unwind and relax before bed.
9. Prioritize your tasks for the day. Having multiple tasks at hand will overwhelm you. Make a list of your tasks for the day. Prioritize them and check off each task as you complete it. At the end of the day, the list of tasks you accomplished will tell you how productive you were.
10. Sniff items that help lower stress. Scents of lemon, basil, juniper and lavender have also been found to lower stress. Japanese researchers have found that linalool; a substance found in lemons, has anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce stress response.