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Maybe “Stress-tober” would be a better name for October. In a minute, our tips are going to give you a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, the lazy days of summer are now becoming a distant memory and the back-to-business vibe is in full swing.
Kids are back at school, which is a mixed blessing: On one hand, they are out of our hair during the day. On the other, a more rigid and active weekday routine has taken hold along with a new round of expenses. The temperature is dropping, the leaves are falling, the eavestrough needs cleaning, and your to-do list keeps on growing!
So the last thing you need is a long, complicated list about fighting stress, right? That’s why there are just two tips listed below: One to start your day, and another to end it.
1. Make breakfast count
Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day, as it provides energy and nutrients that put our minds and bodies on the right track.
Easy breakfast tip: Luckily, it couldn’t be easier to assemble a quick, healthy breakfast. Pick two or three foods that include the foods listed here, and you’re off to the races!
- Grain (such as cereal, whole-wheat toast, or a granola bar)
- Dairy product (milk on your cereal, yogurt)
- Fruit or vegetable (such as an apple, banana or orange)
Make sure you have what you need the night before, and it won’t affect the morning rush one bit.
2. Wrap your day up right
Likewise, diet plays a key role in getting you the sleep you need to be at your best the next day and keep your stress at bay. That means you should avoid caffeine in the evenings and limit your food and liquid intake for at least a couple hours before bed (to avoid those 3 a.m. bathroom breaks that disrupt your sleep.
Better sleep tips: When and what you eat and drink are a big part of good “sleep habits,” but there’s more:
- Reserve the bedroom for sleep and sex. Banish the TV, tablet and laptop.
- Keep your sleeping quarters clean as this will make snoozing (and sex!) more appealing.
Even the best athletes in sports have a coach that help them exercise their mental game. Winning at your mental game, after all, is more valuable than all the world’s blazing slap shots and great golf swings because it boosts determination, concentration, self-confidence and resilience.
Here are six simple hacks to win at your mental game:
1. Reduce burnout with the power of “No”
Knowing that “no” — versus “maybe” or “I don’t think so” — is a healthy sign of self-esteem and foresight. Indeed, a University of California study showed that the more difficulty you have to saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression.
2. Good sleep = more focus
It’s hard to be on the ball when you’re tired. Adequate shut-eye has been linked to self-control, focus, and memory. Make quality sleep a priority by practising good sleep habits.
3. Positivity leads to success
A great mantra: “Every problem has a solution.” Being part of that solution rather than bemoaning the problem is the next step. After all, every challenge presents an opportunity to learn from mistakes, embrace change, and improve.
4. Active body boosts confidence
Exercise does more than make you physically healthy. A study by the Eastern Ontario Research Institute found that people who exercised twice a week for 10 weeks felt more socially and intellectually confident.
5. Take educated risks
As the saying goes, “It’s better to have tried and failed than never to have tried.” The key, however, is that these are educated risks based on expertise and experience.
6. Forgive and lower your stress levels
Never let negativity from the past affect positivity in the present or future. Grudges and revenge create stress for everyone involved, and holding onto this stress hurts your mind and body. Forgiveness, however, has been shown to lower stress levels (and in turn, blood pressure), and produces a happier, more positive outlook.