It’s a killer and always in our Less Doing crosshairs.
But solving stress isn’t something that requires a full-immersion into the Less Doing program—significant sources of stress can be eliminated through basic practice and common sense.
To help you on your road to a healthier, happier life, here are some of our favorite stress-reducing tips that require little in the way of time, money, or education to implement…
The modern world is a never-ending whirlwind of responsibilities, obligations, and communication.
With so much going on, even the most sterling minds can get overwhelmed.
Rather than subject yourself to that what’s next, what am I forgetting? feeling, enlist the help of FollowUp.CC.
FollowUp.CC helps people create no-nonsense reminders for anything—from your dry-cleaning to birthdays—in seconds.
Mediation is a great way to cut stress off at the knees, but morning mediation is especially powerful because it helps the mind and body start the day in a state of calm.
With practice, that calm can last for the duration of the day, helping you handle everything from rush hour traffic to a failed sale in a healthy, controlled way.
One of the easiest ways to get stressed out is by creating mountainous goals.
When you set a mountainous goal, you need to hike the mountain to achieve success, and that hike will require a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (not to mention time).
Long roads invite distraction, delay, and discouragement, which invariably lead to serious stress.
Instead of trying to summit your personal Everest in one go, think about using “base camps” to segment the journey into stages.
Each completed stage is a little victory—a small win to keep you motivated, focused, and stress-free along your journey to the top.
Put into real world terms, if you goal is to lose 50 pounds, don’t just say I want to lose 50 pounds—get small, get specific—Losing 50 pounds is a hell of a lot harder than losing 1 pound per week for 50 weeks.
Exercise releases endorphins.
Endorphins make you happy.
Happy people are naturally less susceptible to the physical and psychological consequences of stress.
Need we say more?
Shut them all down.
Your devices are great, but if you can’t unplug they’re going to become a real problem. Set hard and fast rules when it comes to your electronics—particularly your computer and smartphone.
Give your mind and body a 12-hour break from the constant inflow of information.
Commit to keeping your device usage between the hours of 9AM and 9PM—you’ll feel more relaxed, at peace, and happy with the world around you.
IF you can’t let go of your devices, try blue blocking sunglasses, they’ll suppress the blue light responsible for killing your melatonin levels.
Find a Hobby
Something that you truly love to do.
Whether it’s reading, candle-making, cooking, or something utterly unheard of, find something that you love to do and find a way to do that thing at-least once every other day.
Spending just an hour or two on personal projects and interests can have massive benefits when it comes to cutting cortisol and elevating dopamine levels.
Get Some Sleep
Inadequate sleep is one of the biggest reasons people can feel both overwhelmed and stressed out on a daily basis.
When you miss out on sleep, your body’s cortisol (the stress hormone) levels rise. When cortisol spike, we physically and emotionally feel stressed out.
If you can’t increase the quantity of your sleep, try increasing the quality instead:
- Avoid all forms of screens (iPhones, laptops, etc.) at least 60 minutes before bed
- Ensure your bedroom is dark—the closer to pitch black, the better
- Keep the bed and room cool, ideally between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit
- Sleep in the fetal position on your non-dominant side—it tells the body that it’s “safe” to sleep