I know stress will be a constant factor in our lives, whether or not we recognize it as one. You could be doing what you love and it can still be stressful. It is the body's way of responding to a demand. You may not be able to completely eliminate stress from your life, but that's not the end of the world. In fact, a little stress can be very good for you! It can challenge us and help us in our own personal journeys of growth, but at the same time it can have detrimental effects on our bodies if we get worn out from it and as a result, I've compiled a little list of things you can do to reduce stress.
1. Know When To Take Break
Just because you need to get something done, doesn't mean you have to work at it for hours until it's completely finished. For example, if you have a test to study for, give yourself breaks in between to get some fresh air or make a quick snack. Same with exercising - don't push yourself too hard. Working faster doesn't necessarily mean you'll get there quicker. Give your body and your mind the break that it needs.
2. Get Out, Get Active
Sorry to break it to you, but scrolling 3 kilometers on your dashboard is not form of exercise. I know how hard it is to get yourself out of the house when you don't feel like it but a quick walk around the block can do wonders for your body and mind. If you don't feel like getting out of the house, at least try to stay active indoors. Youtube offers tons of channels for you to do quick, daily workouts. My favourites are BrettsCap and Blogilates!
3. Make Time For Yourself
Set aside time during the day for you. I personally like to take warm showers, light scented candles in my room and put on my softest pajamas and listen to some groovy music. Other times I call a friend to grab some ice-cream at the local ice-cream cafe in town., or I drag myself out the house and spend ages wandering around second-hand bookstores. Do what makes you happy, and do it well. Be selfish with this time - it is yours, after all. Simple acts of self-care make the world of a difference.
4. Get Rid Of Negativity
Get rid of anything that doesn't make you happy. Seriously. Unfollow people you don't like. Unfriend people you don't like. Get rid clutter. Get rid of clothes you don't wear / brought to 'fit in' and donate it to your local charity. Donate old books to a bookstore. Make small changes to make your life happier, for you.