10-hour workdays and client deadlines. Soccer games, ballet lessons, and birthday barbeques. So much to do!
That’s what we’re up against, right? The myth of doing it all. Most of us find ourselves juggling work, family, friends— and hopefully some fun, too!—and trying to make it all fit into a 24-hour day.
No one ever said that doing it all was easy. That feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed because of life’s many activities is all too common, and evidence shows that there can be emotional and health consequences when we lose our ability to manage it all.
Here are some simple suggestions that can help you better manage everyday stress:
It’s easy to complain, grumble, and forget about all of the good that is going on in your life. Take a few moments each day to be grateful for the different parts of your life that make it all worth it. It helps if you keep a digital or written log to record each day what you are thankful for. This simple action helps to keep gratitude top of mind and make what you have in your life even more meaningful.
Get enough sleep
Although there’s a wealth of scientific evidence proving that getting a good night’s sleep is important for our health and general well-being, many people find it difficult to get a full 7-8 hours of sleep each night. It’s a fact that when we are well rested we are able to accomplish more and may find that we can get closer to doing it all.
The Importance of Sleep: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why
Exercise is often cast aside when we are busy and don’t have enough time to get everything done. Exercise releases endorphins that can improve mood and reduce stress. Even fifteen minutes each day can help you to feel more relaxed.
The Importance of Exercise: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389
Have a support group
You don’t need a formal support group; friends and family can assist you in keeping things in perspective and help you to make the best decisions. It’s tough to go it alone and excess stress can be minimized when you have people to help you get through particularly tough or busy times.
Eat a balanced diet
Good nutrition will help you have the health and stamina required for an active life yet when we are busy and stressed our focus on nutritious food seems to fly out the window. Too many sweets, sodas, and non-nutritious snacks often substitute for what we should be eating in order to stay healthy and energetic. It doesn’t take more time to eat a healthy diet, however it does require making the right choices at mealtime.
The Importance of Good Nutrition: http://www.fitness.gov/eat-healthy/why-is-it-important/
Summer will soon be over and September means the start of school, upcoming holiday planning, and end of year push at work. Try these stress management tips and see if they help you better manage the stress that can undermine your quality of life.