Let’s face it, today’s world is built to stress people out. From the full work schedules, to family, to social outings. Keeping up with everything can sometimes leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
I know when I started my new job as a Physician Assistant I was so overwhelmed and stressed everyday that my neck muscles were killing me from being so tense. I was constantly getting headaches and just feeling burnt out. I knew I needed to change something quick or else I was going to end up burnt out in my first year working. So I started messing around with some stress relief remedies and final came up with these top 8 stress relief tips that have been working like a dream for me.
These are just some basic tips and tricks that I have been using for the last couple weeks and I’ve noticed a huge difference in my stress levels (and my husband has too!). I’ve started getting less headaches and my neck hasn’t been killing me everyday, plus I’ve had more energy and have been feeling less anxious and overwhelmed at work.
Disclaimer: These tips are just some things I’ve tried and wanted to share. Always check with you medical provider before taking anything new or starting new workout routines.
OK so let’s get on to the list!
Top 8 Stress Relief Tips:
- Use essential oils- I diffuse a “stress relief” blend in my office daily. It’s smells incredible and helps me unwind and feel more relaxed at work. I’ve also noticed my patients seem more calm and relaxed durning our appointments which is an added bonus. The best blends are ones that contain pachouli oil.
- Start mediation- I downloaded an app called “breethe” and started the mediation guided sessions in the morning to help me relax before my day starts. It’s a great way to start your day on a positive note. Plus the app comes with positive affirmations and meditation guides for better sleep and even weight loss.
- Exercise- I used to wake up at 4:45am every morning before work and workout, but then by the time I would be half way through my day I was drained and mentally done. So I have now adjusted my schedule so that after work everyday I do a quick 30min full body circuit workout and then I’m done. It’s easy and quick and it doesn’t interfere with my sleep. Which brings me to tip #4.
- SLEEP- This one is huge for me. When I was waking up at 4:45am everyday I was only getting 6 hours of sleep a night. I was burnt out by the time noon came around and I was increasing my caffeine intake to stay awake which was adding to my anxiety and stress. So I knew I need to get more sleep, which is why I now sleep in till 6am and give myself a full 8 hours of sleep. I have been waking up so much more refreshed and energized for the day. Plus i’ve noticed a huge change in my anxiety level at work since I’ve been able to decrease my caffeine intake.
- Get involved in a hobby you love! This one has really helped me. I love that I go to work, help patients, and then can come home and indulge myself in an activity I love. For me that activity is blogging. I love creating content and engaging my followers on instagram. I find it really helps me decompress after a long day and just forget about anything bad that might of happened that day. I think it has something to do with how therapeutic journaling can be and let’s face it, that is pretty much what blogging is.
- Positive affirmations- I noticed I really have a negative thought process. I was constantly telling myself negative things and making myself more anxious and overwhelmed. I started to notice I was getting really irritable and I definitely did not like that, so I knew that had to change. Your thoughts will drive your behavior and reaction. So If you say to yourself “I’m stressed, I’m overwhelmed, and I can’t do this”, then you are just setting yourself up for failure. Our minds can convince us of anything, so if you change your thoughts to positive ones, your whole outlook will change. I starting repeating positive affirmations to myself daily when I started feeling more stressed and I realized after awhile of doing this, the things I was stressing about stopped bothering me. I’ve been more calm and collected at work and seem to be able to get through my days easier. One of my favorite ones to repeat is “don’t turn a bad 5 minutes into a bad day”. I used to do that a lot and brew on one little bad thing that happened all day, now I just let them go and move on.
- Find a positive influence. My husband has always had an optimist personality. Nothing is ever negative. He always seems to only see the good. So, having someone like that always around really helps me develop a more care-free, positive outlook. It’s normal to pick up behaviors and mannerisms of people we surround ourselves with. So the more you can surround yourself with positive people, the more positive you will be and the more stress-free you will feel.
- Cut back the caffeine- I now only drink my morning coffee or tea and then a green tea in the afternoon for a pick me up. Before I was drinking coffee, pre-workout, and tea and I was all over the place. I was so caffeinated I was constantly anxious and my mind was going a mile a minute and I couldn’t concentrate. Now with just a coffee in the morning and a green tea in the afternoon I feel energized without being overstimulated which has helped keep my stress levels way down.
These 8 tips have been huge in helping lower my stress levels. I’m still working on other things I can do to help decrease my stress but so far these have been amazing. My next step is to start working on my diet and what I eat to help lower my stress. I’m a terribly unhealthy eater. I crave sweets and carbs all the time and barely eat any protein and I know that has to change, because the few times when I eat super healthy I feel amazing. So, that is my new goal I am working towards. But I hope some of these tips might help you feel less stressed and less overwhelmed. I know they have been an amazing addition to my routine and so my hope that they may be helpful to you as well.
Talk to you soon!