Let’s talk about stress awareness, baby.
We all have it. Whether it’s about money, work, or personal drama, the fact of the matter is that most of us are stressed, most of the time. Millennials are supposed to be the generation of the young, and wild and free. But in reality, we spend about 20% of our year – about 63 full days – seriously stressed out. Sixty-four percent of young people report feeling stressed out at work every. single. day.
For millennial women, that number jumps to 74%.
This constant stress can impact productivity, motivation, anxiety, and sleep (among about 10,000 other things). On National Stress Awareness Day, here are a few things you can do to decompress physically, mentally and emotionally. That’s right – we’re talking #zengoals.
For Your Mind
1 . Practice positivity. Attitude is everything when managing stress. Life won’t always be sunshine and rainbows, but your outlook can definitely improve things.Focus on how far you’ve come, or how far you can go, instead of how much you have to do.
This can mean making a list of things you’ve already accomplished before making a to-do list. Or you might try some positive affirmations in the mirror before work. All in all – just tell yourself “You got this,” (because you do).
- Honesty is the best policy. Let’s get real. Half the battle of fighting stress is stress awareness. Understand it’s there (and why it’s there), accept it, then lay out a plan of attack. Still, you can’t bite off more than you can chew and expect to be able to handle it all. Tackle things one by one to avoid being overwhelmed.
This means setting attainable goals. Aim to relieve one stressor at a time, whether that means making specific social plans every week to improve your work-life balance, creating a budget sheet to relieve financial stress, or tackling personal problems bit by bit.
For Your Body
- Be active (occasionally). Exercise can be a release from stress when practiced in a healthy routine. Today, as many as 14% of adults engage in regular exercise specifically to reduce stress and anxiety. Even as little as five minutes of physical activity has been proven to begin having anti-anxiety effects.
A few times a week (or whenever you need to decompress) go out, get your heart rate up, and let the endorphins do the rest. Not sure what kind of movin’ will get you groovin’? Try out a subscription like ClassPass to sample different options and find something you love (plus, you’ll be much more likely to actually show up if it’s something you enjoy).
4. Relax when necessary. Doing too much will (eventually) take a toll on anyone. It’s important to listen to your body, and respond when it’s asking you to take it easy. Your quick cardio session is great, but sometimes all you need is to just chill out.
It’s no surprise self-care books and all hygge everything are trending. Practicing self-care and appreciating a cozy atmosphere are totally having a moment. Wanna try it out? Try a cool face mask or a glitter bath bomb to add some ‘oomph’ to your self-love routine.
For Your Soul
- Unplug from technology. Being attached to everything going on on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and the Twitterverse is exhausting. It’s also kind of a downer (comparing yourself to celebrities and your friends’ online lives has been found to drive feelings of dissatisfaction for one in every three Facebook users.)
Practice putting away your phone in social settings and living in the moment. Take some time to think in your own head space, disconnect, and maybe try meditation. A digital detox will help you let go of your FOMO, and help you focus on you instead.
Wondering Where To Start?
This Stress Awareness Day, try some of these steps towards relieving some of that tension. Get out and experience something new, or stay in with good company – whatever you do, be in the moment, just breathe, and (inhale) let (exhale) go.