Do you have an endless to-do list that only seems to grow? Are you constantly thinking about how are you doing to get everything done? As a result your cortisol levels go up, your blood pressure sky rockets and sure enough you are showing the purest signs of stress.
Where have the pleasurable moments gone? Good news! The key is balance and yes, it is possible! Even on your busiest days you can feel full and happy, not frazzled. I want to share some great tips on how to do just that.
You may have heard it already before but I’ll repeat it for you. Exercise, even small spurts of 10-15 minutes like walking, going up and down the stairs helps relieve stress, during AND after. New research from Princeton University even suggests that our brains develop new super brain cells that are resistant to stressors when we work out. Go hit the gym or go on a walk.
Relive what is good
Feel like venting to your friend about how someone cut you off on your way to work? Think again. Try recalling something that made you feel good and share it. Remembering stressful events actually makes us feel more stressed.
Take a break
What is the first thing you cut back on when you’re stressed and busy? For most of you it’s the good, pleasurable activities we think we do not have time for. Not a good idea. Research has shown that people who do things they like, the pleasurable activities, have lower cortisol levels and blood pressure. In addition these same people have more resilience when facing stressful situations. Pick up the phone and chat with a friend, listen to your favorite music – whatever lifts you up. Take a break, even a small one, and enjoy the moment.