5 Daily Practices to Help You Manage
Take these steps for managing
stress in everyday life
As much as we would like to eliminate it, stress is an essential part of living. Without it, our bodies wouldn’t
react to truly dangerous situations and we wouldn’t have the second nature to look both ways before crossing a
street. However, stress can become overwhelming–even chronic–and make it difficult to face daily activities with a
sense of calm. Although it’s impossible to eliminate all stressors in your life, there are ways to manage how you
deal with them.
|There are stressors in our day-to-day
activities that can create a havoc, so we need to take
steps for managing stress in daily life to pre-empt health problems. (Image by David
In order to learn how to respond to stressors effectively, as opposed to reacting to them, it’s important to
develop stress-relieving tools that calm your mind and body on a regular basis. Whether for a designated amount of
time each day at home or when directly facing a stressful situation
at work, here are five daily practices that can help you manage your stress.
It’s commonly known that exercise helps keep your body fit and protects you from health conditions, such as
cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Less known, however, is the fact that regular exercise is also important for
your mental health. When you engage in exercise, your brain releases
endorphins that immediately reduce your stress levels, as well as helps you carry a sense of calm throughout your
day. In addition, exercise increases focus and reduces fatigue, making daily activities more productive.
Meditation has long been regarded as an effective tool for
calming the mind and body in order to remain in the moment as opposed to stressing about the future or dwelling on
the past. Findings from a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine recommend that clinicians engage with patients
concerning the effectiveness of meditation for managing psychological stress. According to House Method, creating a mindful space in your home, where you can sit in silence and meditate
can help you relieve stress and lower anxiety levels.
Utilizing aromatherapy is a subtle, but effective, way to relieve stress. Certain essential oils have a soothing effect on the mind and body while others offer an
energizing effect. You can place essential oil diffusers in your home or at work to provide a consistent supply
of calming or invigorating energy that subconsciously helps you face daily stressors. Essential oils can also be
combined with carrier oils to apply topically to relieve muscle tension.
|Meditation helps you to relax and focus
your mind, to calm down and escape everyday stress,
by concentrating on the moment, not worrying about past or future. (Image by Gerd
4. Creative Activities
Expressing creativity was something that probably came easily for you during childhood. As you grow older and
become more consumed with responsibilities, creativity often falls by the wayside. One study, however, found that even just coloring mandalas can reduce stress by providing a
One of the biggest things that can get in the way of truly enjoying life is a shortage of gratitude for the good
things you have. Making it a habit to identify what you’re grateful for on a daily basis is an effective way to
minimize the power of stressors in your life. Whether you pause before meals to express thanks for the opportunity
to supply your body with vitality or keep a gratitude journal, you begin to focus more on the good than the bad.
Stress can be difficult to live with, but these tips for managing stress in daily life can help you reclaim your
life and maintain your health. Keep them in mind as you move throughout your day and incorporate them into your
routine as much as possible.