When we’re doing things that are good for us on a daily basis we tend to manage stress more effectively as and when it arises. This is not to say that we won’t face challenging times or bad days of course, but when we’re in ‘a good place’ physically and emotionally, we’re more likely to address stress proactively and with a clear head. Everyone does things to stay well on a daily basis (whether habitually, consciously or unconsciously), and while the following might not immediately look like stress management techniques, they are…with the added bonus that they’re easy to do, enjoyable and don’t cost much – if anything!
Stress management is about keeping yourself well before stress becomes overwhelming. Just like brushing your teeth is essential for good oral health, eating healthy foods is no different. When we’re well nourished, we simply manage stress better. Similarly, when we get a good night’s sleep, have time on our own to relax, take a walk in the evenings or get organised for the day ahead, we’re much more likely to manage stress proactively and effectively.
What are the benefits of your daily stress management activities?
Every daily stress management activity you’re practicing is having a positive impact on you – physically and emotionally. If it didn’t, why would you keep doing it?
A few examples are below but try and write down the benefits of the tools you’re using. It’s amazing how things that we do every day (usually without even realising it) have a profound impact on our wellbeing and ability to manage stress.
|My daily stress management activity||How it makes me feel physically and emotionally|
My evening bath
I feel calmer emotionally and physically
My muscles ease up
I feel relaxed and ready for bed
It’s some ‘me time’ in a busy day
I can just relax and be with my own thoughts
Eating a good breakfast
I feel proud that I’m looking after myself
I avoid energy dips mid morning so I feel more in control and calmer
I manage stress better because I have energy and more focus
I get more done
I’m less likely to be easily annoyed or ‘hangry’
Chatting with colleagues
I feel more connected during my working day
I can share thoughts and ideas on current events
I can enjoy some space away from my desk at lunch or breaks and not end up realising that I haven’t left my desk all day
Here are some examples of how you can stay well each day
- Spend time with your family and friends
- Remember to take a break at lunchtime
- Learn something new
- Watch the sunset
- Have a cup of tea
- Eat healthily as often as you can
- Have some ‘me time’
- Take a relaxing bath
Weekly stress management: what are you looking forward to?
It’s crucial – regardless of the kind of week you’re having – to have something to look forward to at the end of it. And it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture…most often it’s the simple things in life that give us the most pleasure. It’s really relaxing to think ahead at the start of the week and plan even one thing you’ll enjoy (and if you have children, include them in the decision as well). No matter what happens in the week at work or home, you know that you’ll be rewarding yourself for a job well done at the end of it.
Here are just a few ideas of things you might look forward to – but you’ll have loads of your own too! Make a commitment every Monday to plan something to look forward to at the end of a busy week.
- Try a new hobby
- Spend some time baking
- Try a new sport
- Spend time with your pets
- Volunteer for a local charity
- Visit friends or family
- Take a local walking tour
- Read a book in a peaceful place.