2. Stay social. When I get busy and have lots to do, my social life seems to get put on the back burner. By the time I finish class, studying and work, I just wanna go to bed!! Anyone with me? But I’ve learned that prioritizing time with friends actually helps to relieve stress. Yesterday I decided to drive back into the city and head over to Whole Foods with a few friends. I didn’t stay too long, but it was definitely worth the effort. My advice? Carve out some time to hang out with friends!
3. Limit stressors. We all tend to bite off more than we can chew. This summer I took on 13 credits and I’m doing a LOT of babysitting. I’ve recently realized that it’s just too much work for me right now. I have to remind myself that “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.” I knew I needed a little break, so I decided to drop 2 classes for the second session and pick them up later in the year. Being practical and realistic definitely helps with stress.
4. Stay active. Staying fit can be a real challenge when you’re super busy. Who has time to exercise when you have a million other things to do? My suggestion? Focus on the little things because they really do add up! I recently got a FitBit and I’m kind of loving it! I’m always moving and I jump up and go for a walk any chance I get and I average between 9,000-10,000 steps per day! More steps equals less stress.
5. Change your perspective. Life will continue to provide plenty of opportunities to experience STRESS. Deadlines, due dates, demands, and concerns of all kinds. The effects of stress on your body can be quite damaging. From headaches, tummy aches, high blood pressure, and pain, to skin issues, sleep problems, depression, and autoimmune diseases, stress can be pretty “stressful.” I’m so thankful I can pray about things and know that I am not alone. I claim promises from the Bible like this one. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) I always remind myself to, “do my best and let God do the rest.” Let’s encourage each other and remember that our reaction to stress can be more harmful than the thing we’re stressing over in the first place.
How about you? What are your favorite ways to limit stress?