Regardless of the type of stress you experience, there are things within your control that will help reduce your stress levels. Start by utilizing one of the following skills. Each will get easier with practice:
Be in the present moment with an open and non-judgmental mind. Mindfulness changes the structure of our brain and the activity associated with awareness, concentration, and decision-making. One easy exercise that you can practice is diaphragmatic breathing. Just two minutes a day can lower your stress hormones and help you relax and de-stress.
Control your time management:
Calendar everything and don’t over-schedule. Avoid back-to-back meetings and expect that tasks will take longer than you think. Plan at least 30 minutes of "me-time" each day doing something that makes you feel good.
Positive thinking can go a long way. Instead of dwelling on the negative, see the glass as half-full. Focus on what you are grateful for, solutions not problems, abundance rather than scarcity and what you can control as opposed to what you can’t. Aim high but be realistic; expectations for perfection are a recipe for failure. Cut out the self-criticism and negative self-talk. Appreciate your strengths and gifts and speak kindly and lovingly to yourself.
Acknowledge your triggers and your limits. Don’t say “yes” when you want to say “no”, and don't do things simply to please others if you do not want to do them.
Integrating some of these tips into your daily life can help you lower your stress long-term and can positively influence your life.