Tip 1: Organize
Whether you're cleaning up your workplace or tweaking your schedule, organization allows you to take control and prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed. Before you begin work each day, take a moment to tidy up your papers, remove old cups of coffee or tea, empty the recycling bin, open up a window and breathe in the fresh air. Plan your day accordingly and once you feel confident, jump in with both feet!
Tip 2: Talk it out
When you’re feeling your stress levels rise, step away from whatever is causing you grief and confide in someone you trust. According to a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, healthy and supportive relationships have been shown to reduce stress and increase the release of oxytocin, a feel good chemical. Silence can be deafening, so don’t be afraid to let it all out once in a while.
Tip 3: Adopt a more positive relationship with stress
This might sound like a crazy idea, but stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A study that was conducted at Yale University showed that adopting a more positive attitude towards stress could actually help individuals deal with it more effectively. Those who had been exposed to positive information about stress reported improvements in their psychological symptoms and better performance. Mindset matters!