Most people feel overwhelmed or anxious from time to time. However, if it becomes a way of life, it’s time to make some changes. The good news is there are several ways to reduce your level of stress and enjoy a better quality of life. 

Get Organized 

Chaos breeds chaos. Piles of clutter around the home can instantly bring on stress. Getting your home organized will allow you to relax. Take a few weekends and slowly work through your house room by room to create a place for everything. You can purchase storage containers for the garage, basement, and attic to hold items not immediately needed. In other rooms, fabric storage bins, shelving and baskets will keep things neat and organized. 

Do You Need a New Job? 

If you start to stress each morning on the way into the office, it may be time to find a new job. People often become complacent and stay in harmful, abusive jobs for too long. Instead, make clear and concise decisions about where you want to be in the future. Taking a few online classes to advance your career can benefit you immensely. For example, if you’re a high school graduate and designing buildings is something that intrigues you, explore the idea of getting your bachelor of architecture degree. 

Creating a Schedule 

Not everybody has the natural ability to make good use of their time. For many people, getting to work, parties, and other events on time is a problem. As a result, they are constantly in the hurry-up mode, scrambling to get to places. One way to establish order in your life and relax is to create a schedule. You can use it to mark down important dates, appointments, and work project deadlines. You can also use a schedule to establish days and time slots for chores. For instance, Sunday is the day you prepare meals for the week and Tuesday and Friday are laundry days. Establishing a daily routine will make your days more productive, rewarding and less stressful. 

A Good Night’s Rest 

Not getting a sufficient amount of rest can cause you to feel stressed, moody, and unfocused. If you’re having trouble falling asleep and remaining in a deep sleep, your body will be unable to heal itself and retain the prior day’s events. Thankfully, you can make small changes to help you fall off to sleep easily. Disconnecting from social media and the news, avoiding caffeine after 6 p.m., and taking a relaxing hot bath with soothing scents like lavender, are just a few ways to induce sleep. Some people swear by a steady hum such as the one produced by a fan, a cup of herbal tea, or sleeping in total darkness. 

Stay in Motion 

By now you already know the benefits to your body that come from staying active. However, in addition to helping you stay fit, putting a spring in your step can also help you feel good and reduce your levels of stress, naturally. When you accelerate your heart rate, your body produces endorphins, a chemical that makes you feel happy. So whether you take a brisk walk after dinner or park the car away from a store entrance and sprint to the front, you’re helping to reduce stress.

Unwind 

Let’s face it, you’re on the go from sunrise to well beyond sunset with really no downtime in between. Unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time before you have a mental breakdown. Luckily, taking a few minutes out of each day to simply breathe, unwind, and relax, will reduce your stress and make you better able to cope with your busy life. 

Life is hectic. It often seems like just when you complete one task there are several more lined up waiting for your attention. By getting organized, creating a schedule, and taking a few minutes for yourself each day, you’ll find that stress is something that happens far less often.

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