It’s the start of a new decade and a time when many people are trying to make more positive changes in their lives. One of the best things we can all do is focus on reducing our stress simply because of the adverse physical and mental health effects that come from not managing it.
How can you accomplish this? Dr. Alok Trivedi a human behavior expert, founder of the Aligned Performance Institute and author of the book Chasing Success, shares his top tips:
1/ Measure your stress levels
At the end of each day, give yourself a score from 1 to 10 that describes your level of stress on that day. Average out your numbers at the end of the week to see just how stressed you are. Knowing where you stand is important so you can determine how strong a grip stress has over you.
2/ Reduce time around the stressor
Maybe it’s a coworker. Maybe it’s an ex. Perhaps it’s watching political news on television. Whatever is causing your stress, reduce the time you spend engaged with it. In fact, do what you need to do in order to be done with this person or thing as quickly as possible so you can move forward and feel better. For those situations that you can’t avoid, ask yourself, “What is the healthiest way I can respond?” Remember, you can’t control the stressor. You can only control your response.
3/ Find outlets for your stress
Whether it’s hitting the gym or reading a book, everyone needs an outlet to reduce their stress. This is usually around an activity that you enjoy and find pleasurable. Whatever it is that takes your mind off the hustle and bustle of everyday life and makes you feel free, do more of it.
This original healthy living article first appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.