Small Daily Changes That Can Help You Manage Stress

If you are on a mission to reduce your stress levels, it doesn’t mean you have to change
your entire life. What helps you the most might be the smallest changes each day that
lead up to a reduction in stress, worry, and anxiety. What you might find is that you have
many other benefits as a result of these daily changes, from thinking more positively to
being a more mindful person in general.

Keep reading to find out how you can make small, daily changes to help you manage
your stress.

-Try Guided Imagery

If you want to manage your stress, you can try a really simple meditation technique
called guided imagery. This is simple to do and gets you used to meditation without
having to put too much pressure on yourself. Plus, it is a wonderful way to be more
optimistic and visualize your hopes and dreams. This helps a lot when you feel like you
are being held behind with the amount of stress you are dealing with.

Guided imagery is typically provided by someone else, though you can use visualization
techniques at any time when you want to relieve stress. What you want to do is have a
scenario that puts you into a peaceful, calming environment. You might be at a beach,
laying in the sand, walking through a mountainside, or in a garden of wildflowers.

The great thing about guided imagery is that it is easy to do and only takes a few
minutes a day.

-Have Healthy Daily Habits

Another daily change you can make to reduce your stress is to develop some healthy
habits. Many of your current habits might be making stress worse, while others just
simply aren’t improving it. Start thinking about your physical health and emotional health
together, and find healthy daily habits that are sustainable for you, and can improve
your health. You will notice that the result is a lower amount of stress.

-Some healthy daily habits to consider are:

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. What you put into your body makes a big
difference in how you feel, not just physically, but mentally as well. You can nourish
your body and mind by eating a healthy diet.

  • Getting regular exercise: Exercise is wonderful for relieving stress, and is a healthy
    habit everyone should make a daily habit. It doesn’t have to be hitting the gym or
    spending hours working out. Walking every day, going on a hike, yoga, riding a bike, or
    dancing in your living room all count as daily exercise.
  • Avoiding unhealthy habits: There are also some unhealthy habits that might be
    making your stress worse. For example, if you drink large amounts of alcohol or
    participate in recreational drugs, they are covering up your stress in the short-term, but
    in the long-term are actually making it much worse. Excessive amounts of caffeine can
    also make your stress worse.
  • Making sleep a priority: Everyone needs sleep, so don’t feel like getting little sleep is
    doing you any good. You need high quality sleep, no matter how busy your schedule is.
    Don’t make light of only needing to sleep a couple hours a day, because this is NOT
    normal OR healthy for you.
  • Getting rest every day: Just like sleep, you also need rest every day! If you have a
    busy schedule, then make an appointment for rest and self-care if you have to. This is a
    priority to reducing stress!
  • Focusing on mindfulness: Mindfulness is regularly recommended for stress because
    it helps you live in the moment, and have a better understanding of your thoughts and
    worries. Practicing mindfulness every day, such as during your self-care routine, is a
    healthy habit you can start doing now.

-Use a Stress Journal

Stress and worry journals are amazing for reducing your stress. These are going to
provide many benefits for you, including seeing when your stress peaks, understanding
more about what is causing your stress, and keeping track of any stress-relief methods
you try out.

You will also see the other side effects of stress and worry, such as headaches,
digestive issues, increased anxiety, problems sleeping, and work productivity issues.

-Avoid Unnecessary Stress

There may be sources of stress in your life that are completely unnecessary and
optional, even when it doesn’t feel that way. If you are already dealing with a lot of
stress in your life, the last thing you need to do is encourage more of it.

To avoid unnecessary stress, start by learning how to say no to people. You do not
have to yes to everything, from hosting parties to taking on extra projects at work.
Manage your time and choose what are priorities for you. You also want to look at your current sources of stress and make a list of anything that is from something optional, such as an extra responsibility you took on, that you could delegate to others. I hope these tips helps you to manage your stress.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Pooja G says:

    These are all great tips and most of them have been helpful to me personally. I think sleep is a really big one because I get more stressed out when I don’t get enough sleep.

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    1. Not getting enough sleep can cause you a lot of stress because your brain is not getting enough rest. I hope you can schedule your days so that you have more time to sleep.

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      1. Pooja G says:

        Yes, I have been trying to do that to make sure I get 8 hours every night.

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      2. That’s a very good idea 👍😄

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