We’ve all got a lot on our plate – from running our own businesses, a full work schedule, and chasing down the little ones and the little things on our to-do lists, there’s a lot to be stressed about. These everyday stressors in life can lead to even more challenges, including health problems, mental clutter and depression, and a general feeling of unhappiness. Now that the New Year is upon us, it’s important to stay focused on the best of what’s to come instead of worrying about what we’re going to face in the future. Here’s a list of life hacks to reduce stress in 2014.
- Schedule ME-time: We all live on our iPhones, tablets, and computers, and managing all of our online interactions, whether it’s for personal or professional reasons, and that can take time away from what’s most important in life. When you’re asking Siri to schedule that meeting, ask her to include 30 minutes per day where you do whatever you want, be it taking a bubble bath, going for some retail therapy, or taking a leisurely walk around the block.
- Sleep right: The quality and quantity of sleep that a person gets can impact their productivity and mood both short and long term. Getting the right amount of sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising when it comes to reducing stress. Not sure how much sleep you need or when’s your best bedtime? The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app literally measures how deeply you’re sleeping and wakes you up at the perfect time so you’ll feel refreshed instead of groggy.
- Treat yourself right: We spend a lot of time focusing on how to take care of and please the other people in our lives, but how much of our attention do we focus on ourselves? In the New Year, focus on treating yourself every once in a while as a reward for meeting professional goals, personal milestones, and every once in a while, just the average Tuesday. Your personal treat can be anything from a pedicure, a bouquet of flowers, or some pearl jewelry you’ve been eyeing: as long as you’re taking your focus and putting it on yourself.
- Move it: We all know that exercise is a great way to reduce stress, but motivating yourself to get to the gym can seem just as impossible as tackling everything else on your to-do list. If you can’t (or won’t) get yourself to the gym on a regular basis, you can still make exercising a priority by making a few small changes. Taking a brisk walk during your lunch break, parking farther away from your destination, and opting for the stairs instead of the elevator can help get your heart rate pumping and can do wonders to help you clear your head and reduce your stress.
- De-clutter: Reducing clutter both literally and figuratively in your home and life will help you redirect your attention to the things you most cherish. Start with your friend list on your social network sites, and work towards de-cluttering your calendar (removing unnecessary appointments and commitments), your closet, and you’ll find the items on your to-do list crossing themselves off the list.
The New Year is a new beginning; let’s make it one that focuses our attention on the important and most valuable things in life. De-stressing doesn’t have to be stressful if you keep these tips in mind.
Carly Chodosh is the Social Media Manager at Pearl & Clasp, a pearl jewelry company that specializes in restringing pearls, pearl clasps and custom designed pieces. Contact the pearl experts at Pearl & Clasp today to get started treating yourself right.