3 Ways to Reduce Your Stress Level
For many of us, it feels like there’s a never-ending list of things to keep up with and worry about; whether it’s paying the bills, pleasing a demanding boss, or keeping our kids safe and healthy. But no matter what life throws at you, stressing about it only makes things worse. To reduce your stress level, try following these tips.
1. Limit your social media use
There’s nothing wrong with using Facebook to keep up with friends or searching Pinterest for new recipes. But it’s easy to fall into the trap of endless scrolling, and overuse of social media is a contributor to high stress levels. Social media inundates us with vacations, families, accomplishments, and plenty of other images that can make us question our lives. Plus, it makes us worry more about how others are viewing us. To cut down on social media, set aside certain times of day to check your accounts, and stay logged out the rest of the time.
2. Turn off notifications
Trying to limit social media will be pretty futile if your phone is buzzing with notifications all day long. It’s not only about social media, though; most types of apps want to notify you about any and everything. The problem is that every ding subconsciously makes you feel like something else needs your attention (even if it’s really just a photo of your sister’s breakfast). As you can imagine, that only leads to more stress. Turn off your notifications, and free yourself from the constant buzzing.
3. Write it down
When you’re busy and stressed, it can be difficult to keep track of everything that needs to get done. If you have trouble keeping it all straight (or even if you don’t), try writing down everything you need to do. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by problems beyond your to-do’s, write down the other things that are bothering you. Articulating them may help you understand what you can do about them or realise they aren’t that important. Seeing everything down on paper can make it seem more manageable, and even the knowledge that you’ve taken stock of everything can be a relief.
If you’re feeling stressed (and who isn’t?), try these tips for the next week and see if you start to feel calmer.