10 Ways to De-stress - Part II: Daytime Life Hacks
Welcome to the second portion of our three-part wellness series! This time, Amanda offers up tips on how to handle those mid-day stresses. We can all commiserate on the difficulties of “keeping your cool” during a stressful day at work. Work looks different for everyone, but whether you’re a stay at home mom, or a corporate lawyer, work is tough and dealing with colleagues, be they three or thirty, can be overwhelming and truly test your patience! So, read on for some ways to set yourself up for success:
Maintain your inner Zen with these four daytime life hacks:
LIMIT SUGARS AND PROCESSED FOODS
When high stress is coupled with fake foods and sugars, it can literally put our bodies into a tailspin. If you know you have a stressful week coming up, or you’re feeling more stressed than usual, do yourself (and your body) a favor, and try your best to eat real, unprocessed, natural foods, and drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
You want to put your body in the position to physically balance high stress situations effectively. The only way to do so, is by properly fueling your brain and body. Your immune system takes a dive when you combine high stress and poor nutrition, and you unwittingly put yourself at risk of getting sick.
Make sure to take the time to plan ahead and prioritize some healthy meals, because when you eat better, you feel better. There’s no denying it!
DO SOMETHING SELFLESS
When we help others, we feel good. Having someone rely on us, gives our lives more purpose. This elevates our mood, decreases anxiety and stress, and makes us feel more fulfilled.
Think back to a time when you helped a family member, friend, co-worker, or even a stranger. Now think about how you felt afterwards. It’s no coincidence that as human beings we feel lifted up when helping others. Sometimes a shift in our own perspective can have a positive affect not only on ourselves, but on those around us. Find a way to do something selfless each day, it can be as small as helping someone cross the street, and you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel when you put that positive energy out into the universe.
MAKE IT A POINT TO HAVE YOU TIME EVERY DAY (EVEN IF IT’S ONLY FOR 10-15 MINUTES)
Making sure you take time to focus on yourself is imperative to managing stress. It’s easy to get caught up in taking care of everyone else, especially if you’re a parent. Block off a bit of time, even if it means waking up earlier, where you can do something just for yourself. Whether that means going to get a manicure, taking a hot bath, or going to a baseball game with a friend, making sure you include things you genuinely enjoy doing will help keep you feeling happy, content, and overall less stressed. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup!
INVEST IN A PAIR OF BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES
In today’s world, we are pretty much “plugged in” all the time. It may seem insignificant, but the amount of time you spend scrolling through your Instagram feed, or checking your email, increases your blue light exposure which undeniably causes more sleep issues at night.
Grabbing a new pair of specs can be an easy way to help reduce this exposure. When shopping for blue light blocking glasses, make sure you’re choosing ones with orange frames, as they are the most effective at fully blocking blue light.
Make sure you take care of your eyes during the day to set yourself up for a restful night.
Make sure to check back in for Part III where Amanda will give tips on setting up an evening routine that will help you reset and rest easy!
Athlete and entrepreneur behind Body by Amanda, Amanda is a freelance writer, online personal trainer and nutritionist who resides in New York City. She’s certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and specializes in weight loss, pre and post natal fitness, and reverse dieting. She has over 11 years of health & fitness experience. To get to know Amanda, check out her personal blog and give her a follow on insta.