Helpful Ways to Reduce Stress

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Life can be tough at times. Everyone goes through ups and downs in life, relationships and careers. You may not realized that you are stressed at certain times because you are so busy or occupied with certain things. It is important to step back and take a moment to take care of yourself.

Below are some ways that I take care of myself, especially during stressful times in life.

1. Step Away

When you work a 9-5 job, it is sometimes hard to leave work at work when you come home, and sometimes it is hard to leave home at home while at work. It may take a while to get used to, but you need to leave work at work. When you are home, that is time for you to be with your family, enjoy your hobbies and spend time doing what you like to do.

I work in HOA management. I used to come home every day and would think about one email that really got on my nerves or would think about projects I have due. I slowly learned to drop those thoughts when I walk out the door of the office. If I did not get something done, it will be there tomorrow. You cannot change the fact that it was not completed today, or erase the conversation you had that got on your nerves. Once you leave your computer, you are done with work thoughts for the day.

Stepping away could mean stepping away from social media as well. Social media can bring un-needed drama into our lives wither it be from the news or someone posting a negative update. Put your phone down for an hour and do what you love. Read, watch a movie, cook dinner, go for a walk.

2. Workout

Working out does not mean that you have to do jumping jacks or lift weights. Working out could be going on a short walk to the mailbox or around the block, walking your dog, even cleaning your home. Working out releases endorphins which are the chemicals in the brain that makes you happy.

3. Declutter your Home

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An overwhelming amount of items in your home can make you stressed without even knowing it. Go through a drawer a day to keep the clutter away. Get rid of old papers or receipts you no longer need, pens that do not work, expired or used gift cards, and anything else that you no longer need.

Go through your closet. Odds are some clothing is either too small or too big for you. Maybe you have clothes that you bought a year ago and have not taken the tags off of. Are you ever going to wear it? If not, donate it. Try on pants and get rid of any that do not fit. Throw away underwear with holes in them. Match all your socks and throw away any that do not have a match.

See more on decluttering your home here >>>>>> Declutter Your Home

4. Write Your Feelings

At the end of the day before bed, write down three things. One, what made you happy today? Two, what made you upset today? Three, things that you are thankful for. Reflecting on what made you happy today will help you realize that maybe I did not have such a bad day. Some days you may have nothing positive. That is when you would write all about what made you upset that day. Writing out the things that made you upset helps release the pent up sadness or anger. Wrap it up with writing things that you are thankful for in life. It might be the same everyday like I am just thankful to be living under a roof. Some days there might be more to add.

5. Get Some Sun and Fresh Air!

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Getting some sun helps both your physical and mental health. I am not a doctor so I would suggest doing research for yourself, but I will write about my personal feelings. I used to have a Vitamin D deficiency because I work a 9-5 desk job and do not go outside very often. Once I started to take the time to go outside for about 30 minutes a day, I found that my overall happiness and well being improved. Fresh air helps.

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