Check out these twelve simple things you can do each day to help keep stress under control this school year.
At first glance this may seem like a long list, but each thing is actually something really simple. The problem is that so often in the hustle and bustle of our daily routines we forget to do these things, which over time can lead to lots of stress. For example, when’s the last time you did nothing but take a deep breath? Or when’s the last time that you completely unplugged from technology?
There may be things on this list that you’re already good at, and others that you could use to do more often. So if this list still seems overwhelming, try focusing on one new thing that you feel would be helpful to add to your lifestyle each week until they become habits.
12 Ideas for Reducing Stress
- Slow Down: Especially in the mornings. Make sure you set aside plenty of time to get ready each morning as this really sets the tone for the day.
- Keep Calm: If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a situation, do your best to stay calm about it and tackle it little by little.
- Be Positive: Don’t dwell on your mistakes in the past, or things you can’t change, instead focus on what you can do to make things better.
- Take it Easy: Everyone needs a little down time each day, whether it’s watching your favorite show, playing with your pets, or swinging in your hammock like me.
- Unplug: Living in a digitalized era, this can be a hard one for many, but next time you leave the house, consider leaving that cell phone at home and enjoying whatever it is you’ve set out to do without any interruptions.
- Enjoy Life: Remember that life is short, so don’t forget to make time for your family and hobbies.
- Have Fun: When’s the last time you played a board game, went bowling, or better yet, spent a whole day at an amusement park?
- Breathe: Taking a deep breathe when you’re starting to feel rushed or stressed can really help relax your mind and body.
- Relax: Even if it’s for 5-10 minutes a day, it’s important to take a few minutes each day to do absolutely nothing but relax.
- Go Outside: A few hours in the garden, walking around the lake, or biking on the trails can really help you connect with nature and lower stress levels.
- Smile: It’s a proven fact that people who smile and laugh daily are more happy and less stressed. So don’t be afraid to laugh at your mistakes.
- Meditate: This can be as simple as taking time to reflect on your day: what went well, what didn’t go so well, and what changes you want to make for tomorrow.
What other stress-busting techniques do you recommend to teachers?