You might think that you’ve got to do something drastic in order to manage your stress levels, but it doesn’t have to take something big. Instead, implementing some small strategies on a daily or weekly basis can help quite a bit.
Stretch Morning and Night
Stretching might not seem like a solid stress relief tactic, but when you’re stressed, your muscles are usually tense and tight. By stretching, you’re helping to loosen those muscles and give yourself a better range of motion. Regular stretching will help to keep those muscles from tightening up as much as they might have otherwise.
Meditate for Five Minutes
Meditation sounds so intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Simply set aside a few minutes, five minutes here and there can work, and clear your mind. Concentrate on your breathing and give yourself permission to just be for those few minutes. You’ll start to notice that your brain stays calmer during the crazier parts of your day, too.
Eat Something Green
When you’re stressed, you don’t always make the best food choices. In fact, sometimes you might not be eating anything. Your body needs the right fuel to keep it going, so opt for something green at least once a day. Even if your choice is a powdered “super greens” drink mix supplement, that can be better than nothing.
Drink Plenty of Water
While you’re at it, make sure that when you’re feeling stressed, you’re drinking a little more water. Hydrating yourself properly can go a long way toward helping your body to stay calmer in the face of trying times. Start out with one glass here and there and gradually make sure you’re drinking more water here and there until you get to your optimal levels. If you’re not sure how much water you should be drinking, talk to your doctor.
Take a Break
You can’t push yourself constantly and expect that you’re going to keep your stress levels under control. Make sure that you’ve got someone else who can take over for you, such as home care providers, and then step away from caregiving fully for that time period. Take the break, enjoy it, and come back to caregiving with a refreshed body, mind, and spirit.
The monumental task of breaking down your existing stress doesn’t have to be so overwhelming for you. Keep looking for small ways to reduce your stress levels every day and add new tools to your toolkit whenever you find one that works well for you.
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