With busy lifestyles and the pressures of social media, it can be difficult to find time to relax. Stress can make it difficult for us to focus and achieve our full potential, having a negative impact on our lives. Life Coach Carole Ann Rice shares her simple tips to reduce stress in your day-to-day life.
• Say No
We only have enough hours in the day if we use them wisely. Make time for the things you enjoy and don’t be afraid to say no to things you don’t have time for.
• Treat yourself
Planning daily rewards such as time out for reading, catching up with friends, a nice bath or some creative cookery will give you lots of little things to look forward too, making your day more pleasant and meaningful.
• Create healthy habits. Try to cut back on coffee, sugar, alcohol and junk food that are quick fix pick-me-ups and try to add more organic, wholegrain foods to your diet. Adding fruit to flavour your water is a great natural way to make drinking water more enjoyable.
• Have goals.
Create a vision board of things you want or would like to achieve in life from health and fitness goals to holidays, career progression and material desires. Making small steps towards big goals can help you feel accomplished.
• Be yourself.
Seeking the approval of or comparing yourself to others will create a negative mind-set. Dare to be yourself and take 100% responsibility for your own happiness and wellbeing. Surround yourself with those who appreciate you for you.
• Develop good sleep habits.
It’s easy to become distracted by Facebook and losing an hour here and there by simply scrolling through your news feed is not all that uncommon. Put down all technology at least one hour before you plan to fall asleep. Having a milky drink, a bath and reading a book can all help to ensure a good night’s sleep.
• Meal Plan
Being prepared and planning ahead when it comes to food for the week can help prevent the temptation of takeaways and ready meals. Having staple ingredients in the cupboard and a regular shop (online or instore) for fresh ingredients will help your finances, diet and mood.
• Do something joyful.
Mindless fun is therapeutic. Sing along to the radio, share a smile, buy fresh flowers and remember to enjoy the little things.
• Practice a random act of kindness.
Doing something small can make a big difference to someone else’s day. Give up your seat on the bus, buy the guy behind you a coffee, compliment a colleague or help someone out. The smile you put on their face will be an instant happiness booster.
• Keep a blessings book.
Write a reminder each day of 3 things that happened that you are grateful for. It will help you focus on the good stuff and will remind you of the positives when you are feeling stressed.