Stress management is crucial to your performance and success, Forbes reports. According to research conducted by TalentSmart, 90 percent of top performers express emotional intelligence by managing their emotions and maintaining calm under pressure.
How you handle stress when it occurs is only part of managing stress overall. You will be best prepared to properly handle a stressful situation if you incorporate relaxing and rejuvenating activities into your life at all times.
Below are eight ways to conquer stress:
Even if it is just on the weekends, incorporate exercise into your life. Just 10 minutes of movement releases GABA, a stress-reducing neurotransmitter. You may also come up with creative ideas when you clear your head during exercise.
- Minimize Chores
Chores pile up easily and feel like work when you do them. If you spend your entire weekend doing chores, you basically just worked for seven straight days. Avoid this by scheduling chores like you schedule meetings. Do chores during the time you set aside and save the rest for the next time you schedule chores.
If you don’t disconnect, you are constantly working and not taking time to relax. If you need to work some on the weekends, set aside time to check your emails and achieve anything you need to prior to Monday. Only work during that designated time so you do not spend the entire weekend working. This will alleviate stress without neglecting your work.
- Pursue A Passion
Do something for yourself by pursuing something you are passionate about. This will help you manage stress and indulge in new, creative ways of thinking. You could play music, read more, write, paint, or set aside time to help your kids with their hobbies. Any of these activities and more will help give you a new perspective.
- Spend Quality Time with Family
Bonding with your family make you feel less stressed and more rewarded. Connecting with our loved ones is important to make us feel happier and less isolated. It is an excellent strategy for stress relief and it will make your family happy as well.
- Schedule Micro-Adventures
Experiences make us happier than material items. Go to a concert, stay overnight at a nice hotel, or take a day trip to a town nearby that you always wanted to check out. Trying something new and having an experience to remember will help your stress. Plan these adventures in advance so you have something to look forward to during the week.
- Wake Up at the Same Time
Instead of sleeping in on the weekends, wake up at the same time so that you don’t disturb your schedule and circadian rhythm. Maintaining a schedule helps your body establish a solid sleep cycle and manage stress better. If you want to catch up on sleep, it is better for you to go to bed earlier than to sleep in later.
- Prepare for the Upcoming Week
Take some time during your weekend to plan the upcoming week. This short amount of planning time can increase your productivity and make you feel more organized and less stressed during the upcoming week. Planning will help you focus and execute more efficiently.