Written by Dylan Gerstley

Easy, actionable steps to reduce stress

Sometimes, the combination of work responsibilities and the demands of friends and family can put you in a rut, too stressed out and overwhelmed to make progress on any of your goals, and definitely too distracted to be a good time. But stress isn’t necessary and there are simple, actionable strategies that can reduce stress and put you one step closer to improved work-life synergy, something we value at Siegfried.

Here are some tips and tricks to start your journey to less stress today!

The slippery slope of sleep

Your mom wasn’t lying when she said you needed eight hours of sleep. Sleep is so important in fact, that according to the American Psychology Association, adding just one additional hour of sleep a night to your routine would improve health and happiness, and it’s something we’ve shared on this blog before.

Younger generations, like Millenials and Gen Xers, are also more likely to get less sleep and more likely to struggle to obtain their sleep goals. And that difficulty to rest well greatly impacts your body’s ability to perform at a happy and healthy level.

By improving your sleep and making a dedicated commitment to get at least seven hours a night, you can improve your body’s ability to retain information, stay alert throughout the day, and eliminate mental fatigue and fogginess.

Mindful changes to improve your sleep to also improve your performance on the job can go a long way to combating the stress you feel.

Add in some exercise

It may seem counterproductive to add exercise to a busy schedule that already leaves little room for sleep, but by carving out regular time for activities like walking or hiking you can actually improve your energy levels and help prevent illness.

We all know that exercise boosts endorphin levels and relieves stress, leaving your post-exercise self feeling much more relaxed and at ease. Your temperament will be improved and your mind will be less cloudy, gearing you up to crush it at the office.

The combination of improved mood and increased energy levels will make it easier for your coworkers to collaborate with you while also making it easier for you to focus and perform on the job.

Just don’t pit sleep and exercise against each other. Both are crucial for your health and skimping on one does not have to come at the cost of the other.

Make time for yourself

Sleep and exercise are natural ways to improve your health and mood, but they can also feel like chores and burdens. Take a deep breath, look at your schedule and find time for you.

Free time can be hard to find, especially with a jam-packed social schedule. Instead of throwing yourself into social commitments, take a moment to say yes to yourself. Address what you feel needs to be done to lighten your load.

It can be tricky to navigate around, but it isn’t selfish to skip events and parties when you’re meaning to take some time to yourself.

Half steps to happiness

Crushing stress isn’t fun for you or those around you, but easing your burden and relaxing is possible with some small, mindful changes to your daily habits.

Improving your quality of sleep isn’t easy, but making a dedicated commitment to getting more shut-eye is a solid start to jumpstarting your mornings. Exercise can be tough to fit in your schedule, but by carving out consistent times for physical activity you can boost your energy levels and mood. Putting yourself first is vitally important. Skipping the happy hour may make you the “party pooper,” but if it helps you in the long run, than it’s worth it.

Stress isn’t necessary and it is possible to improve your mood and health with a few small steps.

We updated this post on August 21, 2019. We originally posted it on August 30, 2018.

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