SPRING SEASON IS HERE
TIME TO DESTRESS
1. Identify triggers. “What stresses you out? And how do you react to it?”
After figuring out what exactly is working you up, you can create a list of your top
triggers and then work on eliminating them if possible, or at least changing your
2. Be healthy. It’s been proven time and time again that one of the best ways to
relieve stress is by being healthy. Whether it’s going for a walk, taking a yoga
class, eating healthy and getting a good night’s rest, taking care of your body is
one of the most common and effective ways to reduce stress in your life.
3. Get organized. Whether it’s in the home or at the workplace, disorganization is
one of the most common stress triggers. After all, it’s frustrating when you can
never find that one thing you’re looking for. That’s why you should not only
straighten up your home or office, but develop a system to keep it organized.
4. Stop procrastinating. The Association for Psychological Science states that
“people who procrastinate have higher levels of stress and lower wellbeing.”
your most important task first or only work on a challenging project for 10minutes.
5. Turn off your phone. Richard Balding, a psychologist in the department of
psychology at the University of Worcester, England discovered that smartphones
can lead to stress. Why? Because they have created “a relentless need to
immediately review and respond to each and every incoming message, alert, or
bing.” Although you can't turn off your phone while on the job, try to restrain from
checking social media and leisure messages every 10 minutes.
6. Do something that makes you happy. Between all of your obligations and
responsibilities, you may think you no longer have time for the hobbies that used to
make you happy. NO! Take the time to play a game of tennis, take a nap or listen
to music. Always make time for yourself.
7. Stop filling up the calendar. Commitments never end. Between work, your
family, social activities and civic duties, you have a full schedule. This becomes a
problem when commitments conflict with each other or begin to overrun your life.
Take the time to edit your schedule, and pencil in necessary some free time.
8. Accept people for who they are.
Is there anything more frustrating than the spouse who never washes dishes or the
neighbor who blasts their music too loudly? No matter how much the people
closest in your life add to your stress level, you have to accept them for who they
9. Be grateful. Research from renowned psychologists Robert Emmons and
Michael McCullough discovered “Grateful people report higher levels of positive
emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism, and lower levels of depression and
10. Avoid multitasking. We’re all extremely busy, which is why multitasking
seems like a great idea on paper, but actually only adds to our already stressful
lives. Juggling tasks can be very stressful. In the shortterm,
stress makes you feel
lousy. In the longterm,
it can become a serious threat to health.S