Stress sucks. But, it’s inevitable. It’s kind of one of those “hello I’m human” things. Let’s be honest though, it’s also one of those things that are WAY better to prevent if we can. We’re busy, we have a lot on our plates. The BEST way to prevent stress is to develop healthy habits that become part of our day to day lives. So I’m sharing 5 healthy habits to help you reduce stress in your life.
Obviously you don’t HAVE to do anything.
BUT starting the morning off without spiking your cortisol, without going into go-go-go mode can make SUCH a difference in your health and stress levels and is SUCH a healthy habit to get into.
Good news is this doesn’t have to be some crazy 3 hour ultra zen ceremony with a million steps. I think most of us don’t have the time for that.
So what can you do that’s short, easy and quick?
Something as small as ditching your phone first thing in the am can change so much. I knowww it’s so hard, I suck at it too sometimes but SM is hardcore for our brains first thing.
News, negativity, work, getting our mind into overdrive. This makes a world of a difference.
Another thing you can do is swap your coffee for tea. Coffee has caffeine obvs and if you’re stress prone or struggle with anxiety adding more jitteriness to the mix might not be the most stress neutralizing of activities.
Lately, I’ve been starting every am with a good cinnamon tea and I’m kind of becoming a tea person.
Despite the fact my first job was at a tea house I never thought I’d ever really like or crave tea but here I am lol
Want more? Meditate for 5 min, listen to calming music or an encouraging podcast, read. If you want more ideas check out this blog post here where I give you 50 different things you can do in the mornings.
Point is, wake up slow, get your mind in a good place. Don’t start off stressed because it’ll set the tone for the day.
Not going to lie, getting myself to workout in the am can be a STRUGGLE. I just don’t want to and I can think of 100 other things I’d be more entertained with.
But I also can’t lie that after it’s done it’s so worth it and I’ve never regretted a workout.
My tip is that you don’t have to do a hardcore 2-hour workout (in fact too much crazy activity can spike your cortisol). AND convincing yourself to do a triathlon at 6 am might be a bit harder than just telling yourself you’ll do 15min of yoga.
And even if that doesn’t sound like much, which is worse? Overwhelming yourself and then doing nothing or doing something for even 10min?
So even if it’s a short walk outside or pilates class get it in.
Get a little extra andf even schedule it in your calendar to hold yourself accountable. Working out is SUCH a stress relief *hello endorphins*. It’s therapeutic and a great way to help our minds and bodies avoid stress.
Hi, my name is Nasya and I’m a workaholic. Like 100%. And weather you’re a workaholic (like me) or you are in any kind of high-stress enviroment, having a go-to activity that will change the pace and give you something enjoyable to do can be so helpful.
Something to replace work, replace the stress and give you something to do.
So if you don’t have a hobby, experiment to find one, what’s something enjoyable you’d like to do? Again pulling yourself away to do something stress-free even when things aren’t crazy can really help preserve your energy.
This is a BIG one.
Because it’s one of those preventative measures that’s focused on your mind. Which, when it comes to stress is kind of crazy important. If you’re unfamiliar with stoicism it’s an amazing philosophy and centers so much around the fact that we can’t really control anything except our own minds and reason.
We can only control our thoughts and actions alone. And that sounds crazy stressful at first if you’re a bit of a control freak like me until you realize it’s actually really liberating.
Everything’s a matter of perception and we choose how we act and respond so practicing that mental toughness can help us deal with stress in a mentally healthy way. It’s all about controlling our thoughts before the stress takes us over.
It takes time, effort, and discipline so incorporating it into your daily routine and thinking can be so helpful. Because it’s kind of a muscle you have to develop and practice.
I like to do this by reading The Daily Stoic. Seriously takes 1 min and it helps set my mind.
Both as a preventative measure AND for those times that the stress has already hit, practicing mindfulness, meditation, journaling or visualizing can be really helpful.
Get’s us out of ourselves for a little bit and focused inward so we can have a healthy response to the situation.
So maybe this looks like a bit of visualizing in the am thinking about your dream life getting your eyes on the prize for anything that gets thrown at you during the day.
Or maybe it’s taking 5 min to meditate when we feel the stress creeping in. 5 min to put away our phones, put away our worries and clear our minds.
At the end of the day it might take some time and experimentation to find what works for you. But, whatever it is that works for you, start creating these healthy habits that become part of your everyday routine. What are your favorite healthy habits for dealing with stress?