With so much going on in life—projects at work, spending time with friends and family, daily errands, etc.—it’s easy to get swept up in everything and feel like you’re running on empty. Stress comes in many forms, and can pile up to make you feel overwhelmed, tired and frustrated. When you feel stressed out, it’s easy to get derailed from your plan. Part of your wellness journey is to find alternatives so you can focus on creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself overall, which means monitoring your emotional health and how it impacts your physical health. Here are 4 creative ways to deal with stress:
Pursue a passion project.
Finding something you’re passionate about can easily turn into a hobby. If you like painting, take an art class. If you enjoy learning about history, find a biography to read. Once you find something that ignites your curiosity or gets you excited, you’ll make time to incorporate that passion into your life.
Say “no” more often.
Committing to too many things throughout the week can cause stress. If you have too many social events one week, reschedule one for the week after. You may be able to apply this at work, too—sometimes “no” just means that you should shift around priority projects, or communicate your needs to your coworkers to assure them that you’ll get to the task when you can.
Step away from your cell phone.
Smartphones have let us stay connected with our loved ones through multiple social media apps. Sometimes it’s just nice to step away from your phone to have some time to disconnect and focus on yourself and the people immediately around you.
Make lists of tasks and events—and cross items off.
Lists are great tools to prioritize tasks and events for the week, and you can check off each item as it’s completed. You can also make lists of your goals for the next year or a list of your favorite movies, songs, books or inspirational quotes that you can turn to when you need a little pick-me-up.
Putting yourself and your needs first can allow you to curb your stress and feel successful and confident in your wellness journey! Keep an eye out for more ways to combat stress, and feel free to discuss strategies with your Jenny Craig consultant.