The problem with everyday stressors is they’re recurring. They show up, well, every day.
Getting the kids ready for school (or getting yourself ready for school), morning traffic, endless to-do lists, looming deadlines, clashes with your coworkers. These are all common occurrences that trigger our nervous system regularly.
Sometimes stress becomes so routine that it seems normal. But if you take a closer look at the symptoms, they’re wearing you down more than you realize. Weight gain, weight loss, lack of sleep, skin issues, hormonal imbalances, headaches, just to name a few.
The ability to recognize and positively manage everyday stressors is critical to you being able to tackle them when they arise.
The key to reducing stress is learning how to cope with it in a healthy and consistent way. This starts with daily self-care.
1. Get a good night’s sleep.
It’s nearly impossible to function while suffering from sleep deprivation. Plus, chronic lack of sleep also lowers your resistance to illness. Make sleep a priority in order to increase brain power, productivity, and resilience.
2. Eat well.
You are what you eat. Always opt for clean, calming foods. Foods that will restore your body instead of depleting it.
3. Make me time.
Pick an activity or hobby for self-development, like exercising, meditation, or social networking, and make time for it.
4. Breathe deeply.
Stressors automatically trigger shallow breathing. Reset your stress levels with deep breathing.
5. Get physical.
Exercise produces “feel-good” chemicals in the brain. So, go for a walk around the block and get some fresh air when you feel tense. Even better, make this a daily routine.