Random act of kindness Friday: Ten stress busting tips

It’s been a long week, with a lot of work. I’m super exhausted, and there’s still so much more work to go! Caffeine isn’t even helping at this point. My random act of kindness for today is giving myself and anyone else out there that needs it, some advice to manage stress. Sharing is caring!

I’m thankful it’s a long weekend in Canada, maybe I can get to many of these! If you’ve had weeks like this (or are having one!), here are some tips I use to get rid of stress that might work for you too.

1.Believe in your ability to cope

Embrace your strengths. Remind yourself that you can influence the outcome of events in your life. Create action plans to address problems that come up at work and home.

2.Learn to relax

Try deep breathing and meditation. A hot bath, a walk, yoga or other stretching exercises are great ways to relieve stress.

3.Try to manage your guilt

Feeling guilty drains your energy and motivation, so be realistic about your expectations of yourself at home and work or school. It’s not possible to be a perfect family member, partner, spouse, parent, friend or employee.

4.Talk to someone

Talking about your problems can help you blow off steam and can give you some ideas you need to solve problems more easily.

5.Have fun

Woman rollerblading

Nothing relieves stress more than doing something that makes you happy or reduces your stress. Learn to do something you’ve never done before or used to love to do. Learn to play an instrument, ride a bike, join a cooking or art class. The options are endless.

6.Establish a regular exercise routine

Stress produces chemicals that make you feel tense. Exercise helps move them through your body. Try to get at least 20 minutes of exercise three times a week. Choose something fun that you’ll enjoy and continue doing.

7.Eat a balanced diet

Make sure you’re getting enough of the four food groups every day. Make sure you’re eating enough carbs and protein and include lots of fruits and vegetables.  Make sure you’re getting enough calcium and iron. Use fats, oils, and sweets sparingly.

8.Get plenty of rest

sleeping

Most people need seven or eight hours of sleep a night to feel renewed and refreshed. If you have trouble sleeping, increase your exercise routine.

  • Take a warm shower,
  • meditate or
  • do light yoga before bed.

Resist your computer or TV before going to bed; it will keep your mind active

9.Improve your communication skills

Learn to ask for help when you need it. Resolve misunderstandings before they become a problem by talking things over with that person.

10.Learn to accept and adapt to change

Change is an unavoidable fact of life. Major work and life changes are common. Whether or not you want these changes, they can be extremely stressful – unless you learn to adjust to them. Take time to recover, refocus and re-energize during any major change such as promotion, relocation, parenthood, divorce, or health change.

Have a beautiful Friday and happy long weekend to my fellow Canadians!

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