Trying to fight Monday Blues? Stress is an inevitable part of life, especially for highly competitive and successful individuals. Reactions triggered by stressors can have a beneficial affect on your performance and overall health. Is your stress turning into distress? Do you wonder how you can continue to cope with the pressures of daily life and the frantic pace of the world around you?
When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, the strategies listed below can help you cope. I would also like you to practice 1-2 habits from this list everyday. Make it a routine. Overcoming stress is not a one day job, its a lifelong commitment.
- Go on a digital detox (including phones) – Heavy internet users are 5x more likely to suffer from depression.
- Read a book instead – Stress declines by 68% after reading for just 5 minutes.
- Engage in a creative activity – 45 minutes of creative activity lessens stress in the body.
- Eat Foods that reduce stress – Lemon, dark chocolate, oatmeal and almonds.
- Exercise everyday – It takes 5 minutes of moderate exercise to get mood enhancement.
- Get your sleep back in control – REM sleep (when you dream) decreases levels of stress hormones.
- Focus on your senses a few minutes/day – There’s a strong correlation between positive mood and breath counting.
- Spend time outside – Be in the sun, vitamin D reduces stress levels. Apply sunscreen to avoid suntan and sunburns.
- Take more baths – Being horizontal in water mimics the womb conditions & improves mood and optimism.
- Dance like no one’s watching – Partner dance & musical accompaniment release endorphins and promote stress relief.
- Laugh your Head off – Laughter releases hormones known to reduce stress, boost immunity and strengthen social relations.
- Pet your pet – It increases levels of stress reducing hormone oxytocin and decreases stress hormone cortisol.
You should also utilize various stress reduction strategies, like meditation and progressive muscle relaxation. These strategies are an effective way to control stress at the moment, and the more you can control smaller amounts of stress, the less other stresses will affect you.