With our increasingly fast-paced society, Statistics Canada 2014 reported that 23% of Canadians above the age of 15 experience extreme or considerable levels of stress in their daily lives. Chronic stress increases the risk of health consequences such as cardiovascular diseases and decreased immune function, as well as increased risk of developing mental illness. There are a few simple tips and tricks that you can implement into your life to reduce your daily stress.
Instead of letting the unpredictability of life get to you, stay on top of your game by creating short and flexible schedules or to-do-lists. Making this a daily routine will lower your daily stress level by adding a little predictability in your day.
Stay in Touch with Yourself and With Nature
Having a cluttered brain can add to your stress level. Clear your mind by journalling your thoughts and emotions. This will help promote self-reflection and will organize your thoughts. Furthermore, try new things and find a new hobby. Finding something you love will not only help you feel good about yourself, but it can also reduce daily stress.
Instead of staying indoors all day on a couch or at an office desk, try spending some time outdoors. Taking a walk in nature will boost your mood due to the calming affects of the fresh air, sunshine, and natural scents of the outdoors.
Nurture Your Body and Your Mind
Daily stress can add up and take a toll on your mind and body. To combat this, try implementing regular exercise and meditation into your life. They help with physical and mental health by releasing endorphins which boost your mood and your immune system. Most importantly, don’t forget to rest with a good night sleep to recover from your long day!