Everyone has experienced some stress at some point in time – it’s part of life. That being said, there are definitely ways to prevent stress, or at the very least reduce your stress response.
Read below to learn 7 ways to prevent and reduce stress:
1. Understand where it is coming from
The first step to preventing stress is understanding what things or situations make you feel stressed. Once you understand where the stress is coming from, you can better plan to prevent the stress in the future.
Put it into action: Keep a journal or even a note section on your phone where you can jot down times you get stressed. This is the best way to be mindful of what causes the stress and how you can prevent it in the future.
2. Have a plan
Sometimes a stressor can hit you without you anticipating it (which is most of the time stress hits!) so it can be helpful to have a stress relief plan.
Put it into action: A go-to stress reliever could be to go and get some exercise, call a friend, or watch your favorite show.
3. Don’t procrastinate
Procrastination is one of the worst things you can do to yourself. It’s really not helping you at all to constantly be putting something off because eventually you’ll have to do it! And it just makes you more stressed out when you think about how you have to do it. Plus the longer you procrastinate, the more stressful it becomes!
Put it into action: Make a point of getting tasks done on time and not putting things off until the very last minute.
4. Meditate daily
Think of meditation as a time to relax your mind and body, a time to remain in the present and not be worrying about the past or future.
Put it into action: Even just 5 minutes of sitting quietly by yourself can be beneficial for handling stress that may arise later in the day.
5. Exercise daily
Exercise can help to lower stress hormones in the body, while at the same time boost the feel good hormones.
Put it into action: If you anticipate a more stressful day ahead, make a point of getting some exercise in the morning. This way you start the day on a positive note with a boost of endorphins and a decrease in stress hormones.
6. Decrease your carbs and sugar
Eating foods high in sugar causes a rollercoaster in your blood sugar levels, which leads to moodiness and hunger later.
Put it into action: Make a point of cutting back on sugar (guidelines recommend under 20 grams per day) and increase your healthy fat and protein intake.
7. Practice yoga
Yoga is basically a merge of meditation and exercise – it’s the best! Yoga is all about bringing concentration to your breath with movement and keeping your mind on the present moment.
Put it into action: Find a local yoga studio and try a class!
Know that stress will happen, but stress can be much more manageable if you have tools to help you get through the stressful situation.
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy League trained board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab.