1. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by stress, practice speaking more slowly than usual. You’ll find that this allows you to think more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations. By slowing down your speech you’ll also appear less anxious and more in control of any situation.
2. Breathe slowly and deeply. Before reacting to the next stressful occurrence, take three deep breaths and release them slowly.
3. The next time you find yourself becoming annoyed or angry at something trivial or unimportant, practice letting go! Make a conscious choice not to become angry or upset. Do not allow yourself to waste thought and energy where it isn’t deserved.
4. Jump-start an effective time management strategy. Choose one simple thing you have been putting off and do it immediately. Simply taking care of one nagging responsibility can be energizing and can improve your attitude.
5. Get outdoors for a break. Use the healing power of fresh air. Don’t be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Physical activity can reduce stress and relieve anxiety and depression. Researchers have found that exercising outdoors is especially beneficial.
6. Drink plenty of water and eat small, nutritious snacks. Hunger and dehydration can provoke aggressiveness and exacerbate feelings of anxiety and stress.
7. Do a quick posture check. Hold your head and shoulders upright and avoid stooping or slumping. Bad posture can lead to muscle tension, pain, and increased stress.
8. Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day, like a relaxing bath. Put aside the to-do list. Remember that you need time to recharge and energize yourself.
9. Get to bed. Sleep is critical to allow your body to recover from the effects of each day’s stressors. Don’t let activities and business get in the way of a good night’s sleep.
10. Take your supplements. B Complex is tried and true. An updated approach would include a supplement formula with vitamins, herbs, and foods that offer targeted support for your adrenal glands. Vitamin C supplementation has also been found to reduce both physical and emotional signs of stress.
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