10 Ways to Reduce Stress

1. Accept what we cannot change

We can accept what we cannot change by changing what we can.

2. Choose your company carefully

The people we surround ourselves with (at work, home, friends..etc) should be people who help us to increase our strengths, support us and love us unconditionally (we should also do so in return). “Your vibe attracts your tribe”

3. Create environments that reduce stress

Color of the walks, floor coverings, and furniture can actually reduce stress. Hues such as cooling greens and blues are positive and healing. In another sense, our work and home environment can be cultivated in ways that help us reduce stress by allowing our space to be filled with positive and useful things.

4. Maintain a sense of humor

Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

5. Stop and reflect 

Take time to recognize signs of stress such as anger, exhaustion, and poor quality of sleep. Journal about how you are feeling and why you think you are feeling this way, this will allow you to figure out different ways to eliminate these feelings from happening again and also allow you to release your thoughts and feelings onto paper and let go.

6. Stress is your teacher

As a crisis occurs, stop and think of how to use it to make things better. ex: make lemon-aid out of the lemons.

7. Make decisions

Indecision increases stress. Good leaders make decisions and act on them. if a bad decision is made, re-evaluate.

8. Don’t say yes to everything

Recognize what your strengths are and focus on taking the time to do a project built on them. Taking on too many projects results in loss of control and creates stress.

9. Organize

Disorganization creates stress. Taking the “dis” out of disorganization can produce a sense of control in  knowing what will happen, that in turn reduces stress.

10. Leave time for the unexpected

Look for the natural coping ability to deal with the unexpected. Coping requires time. Time is needed to perceive a crisis and rally our internal and external resources.