How to Reduce Stress – Healthy Habits for a Simpler Life you can do Everyday

Reducing stress does not have to be hard
and everything I want to share today are practices that are really easy to
incorporate into everyday life! Reducing stress while keeping it simple
Let’s dive in! The past seven years I’ve dealt with the
after-effects of severe stress and exhaustion and it’s not always fun but
it’s given me years of experience in dealing with stress, pressure and
priorities so I hope you find some of this helpful The first thing we’re going to
do is to schedule our week with a bit of flexibility. I usually sit down on
Sundays and i roughly plan out my week and I usually plot in times for a
breaks so I know that I have time to breathe mentally One thing I don’t particularly like is
that I get tired in my head faster than regular people
so I usually schedule one hour of doing nothing everyday before I pick up Max
from daycare and this is just to make sure that I have time to regain my
energy before I go get him. As a family we make sure not to over schedule our
free time and weekends we want time to just do whatever and be spontaneous Number two is to go for walks! Get out
and get some fresh air and move that body around. I actually find that when I
walk I talk out loud to myself but if I’m stuck mentally or practically in
some kind of problem then it actually helps me to just walk around and talk it
out with myself I find that when I walk around and talk like this it gives me a new perspective and when I get back I feel a lot better and I might even have
solved the problem completely So it might seem weird, but try it! Talk to
yourself when you go on walks Number three is to get things out on paper if
your head is cluttered it helps a lot to just get it out of here and down on
paper. If your head is filled with practical things then make a to-do list
get it out of there and make space mentally and then just get the things
done if it’s more emotional thoughts that’s cluttering up your mind, then
journal! I’m a big journaler… I’m not even sure that’s a word… I think it’s a word?
But I write down all my emotions my frustrations I just get it all out of
there and I feel so much better afterwards this is something that has
really worked for me and it might work for you too. There’s something therapeutic
about getting things out of your head down on paper Shift your focus – what you focus on grows
and I usually do this by practicing gratitude A few years back I used the
five-minute journal it’s a book that gives you directions to just like write
down three things I think every day that you’re grateful for and a few action
points in there so I’ll leave the link to that book down below but the past few
years I’ve personally just gotten in the habit of saying out loud three things
I’m grateful for usually right before we go to bed we’ll usually do this together
Morten and I when we’re going to bed so randomly I’ll just call out: “give me
three things”, and then he knows that it’s three things that he’s grateful for or
three things that have been good during the day and we really love doing this
together because it kind of puts us in a positive mindset right before we go to
bed so we find that that works out really well. We don’t do it every night
but at least a few times a week another way of shifting your focus can be to
choose to experiment when you’re doing your things I’ve mentioned this before
in a previous video and I find that when I apply the mindset of experimenting it
frees up a lot of the pressure because experiments they can have different
outcomes it can be A or B, but they don’t fail so I can’t fail and that just
relieves a lot of pressure and it makes it easier for me to try something new so
consider applying this mentality of experimenting and see if it works out for you Number five is meditate. Now I’m no pro
at meditating but I’ve been practicing mindfulness on and off for the past
years and there’s no doubt in my mind that it works I prefer the meditations
that helps me let go of thoughts and feelings and just refocusing back on the breath And the body scan meditation switch
helps me relax my body and just turn my head off for a bit I found a few short
ones that I like and I’ll leave the link to them in the description down below if
you’re interested. Another way that can really help reduce stress is to limit
your input streams. The more information I fill my head with, the more I have to
process. I tend to stay off the news and social media as much as possible and try
to limit my use of social media to mainly Instagram and then I have the
facebook Messenger app primarily just because it’s super practical that people
can reach me and I can reach other people whose phone number I don’t have
other than that I really try to stay off social media completely
I’m not saying be uninformed I’m just saying be conscious of how much you ask
your head to process of new information every day primetime news and random
social media is just more data for my brain to process and it makes my stress
level go up find a good in-depth news program that
you can watch or a documentary or maybe listen to an audiobook these are all
things that will inform you on things but it’s a lot more conscious choice and you get to
weed out all the clutter Number seven is so simple and probably
the practice that I use the most it’s deep breaths Deep breaths calms my body
and refocuses my mind When I take just a few seconds to
reconnect it releases a lot of the stress in my body and in my mind and
it’s so simple I hope you found some of these practices helpful if you have more
to add then please leave them down in the comments so we can all benefit from
them I also just want to say that if you watch my videos on a regular basis and
haven’t said hi yet please do so down in the comments I love getting to know
you guys and hearing your stories as well so please do that if you feel like
it and I’ll see you guys next week have a great weekend! Bye!

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