No one wants to experience stress. So why not add a few things to routine to help you keep calm and collected?
There are different types of stress that affect us on different levels. We all experience it, basically it’s inevitable. But, there are things we can add to our daily routine to help us reduce the amount of stress we experience and be better able to keep our cool. So today, I’m sharing with you 10 things you should add to your daily routine to reduce your stress levels! Woohoo!
Stress Reducer 1: Lay Out Your Outfit the Night Prior
Laying out your outfit the night prior is one of the easiest ways to reduce your stress every day. When you take care of this simple task at night, you save yourself a few minutes every morning to relax and put that energy elsewhere. You also have the chance to assess whether or not you need to do a quick load of laundry, pick up a new blouse, or switch handbags. All things much easy done at night rather than in the middle of the morning rush.
Stress Reducer 2: Don’t Hit the Snooze Button
I’ve talked about this before, but hitting the snooze button puts more stress on your body than necessary. When you constantly hit snooze, you force your body out of a sleep cycle and then drop back into one only to repeat the same pattern over again. That’s not healthy. Just set your alarm for when you actually need to get up, research the best time to go to sleep for your wake-up time, and treat your body with more respect.
Stress Reducer 3: Morning Meditation
This doesn’t have to be a long thing. This can be a short, 5-minute meditation to help you clear your mind, find your inner balance, and prepare you for the day to come. This gives you, if nothing, 5 minutes of peace every morning. Meditation helps reduce stress, improve your mental health, and help you better handle anything that comes your way.
Stress Reducer 4: Basic and Easy Morning Stretches
You can totally do these in bed! Stretch your arms and shoulders, warm up your spine, open your chest, and more. Getting your bones, joints, and muscles warmed up and ready to take on whatever you’re going to through at them is key to keeping you energized all day. And when you’re energized all day and conquering things left and right, you’re less likely to be stressed.
Stress Reducer 5: Keep Your Favorites Stocked Up
And I really mean this! Keep your favorite skin care products, body lotion, coffee or tea, or even breakfast food stocked up. When you have things stocked up, you’re less likely to run out of them, obviously. And when you don’t run out of your favorite things that you use on a daily basis, you don’t get stressed!
Stress Reducer 6: Practice Gratitude
Practicing gratitude can really open your heart and mind to see how your life is flowing through the universe. I know that sounds a little wooooo, but trust me, it works. Regardless of the day you’ve had, good or bad, be grateful for everything you experienced. When you practice being grateful for experiences rather than getting upset and increasing your stress level, you see that you are able to handle everything with a calm and collected demeanor.
Stress Reducer 7: Spend 30 Minutes Doing Happy Things
This could be anything that makes you happy. Whether it’s reading, working out, playing a game on your phone, or doing a crossword puzzle, just do it! Take 30 minutes every day to treat yourself to your happy time. This works almost like your daily meditation in that it gives you a chance to focus on rest and recovery.
Stress Reducer 8: Keep a Small and Easy Cleaning Routine
I love doing small things every day that keep my home clean. This has kept me from having to do HUGE weekend cleans that take up most of my day and waste my weekend. Sometimes each task can be as small as 10 minutes, but 10 minutes a day during the week is better than using your relaxation days to clean the house. You can easily find cleaning routine templates on Pinterest to help you outline what to do each day.
Stress Reducer 9: Meal Prep for the Week Ahead
Meal prepping has become a great time saver and stress reducer in my life. I get to sleep a little longer every morning because I now meal prep Briam’s breakfasts 3 days in advance. The same goes for his snacks and lunches, but those normally happen once a week depending on what I make. I also meal prep for myself by keeping shredded chicken, hard boiled eggs, and sliced apples in the fridge at all times. Meal prep what you can to save you time every day and give you more time for yourself!
Stress Reducer 10: Journal Your Day and Be Thankful
This goes along with practicing gratitude. If it’s hard for you to recall what happened during the day that you could be grateful for, keep a little journal with you and jot down things throughout the day. Or, if you can recall everything, spend 5-10 minutes every night before bed journaling what you’re thankful and grateful for. This is also a great way for you to look back at all the great things in your life what you feel overwhelmed by your surrounding situations. Every day and every moment is something we should all be thankful for.
How do you reduce the stress in your life?
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