Here are some quick wins for you to try to incorporate into your life if you find your stress levels going up.
Try to work out what you are in control of and what you are not. Work on the areas that you are in control of and make changes to these.
Build in a “treat” into your daily schedule – whether it be a 10 minute walk in nature, grabbing a quick coffee with a pal, video-calling a friend who you’ve not seen in ages. Basically, whatever lights you up that is easy to incorporate every single day.
Listen to your body. Take a pause if you are feeling run down – it’s your immune system reminding you that its there and you need to rest.
Look ahead in your schedule and plan in some “me-time” with soothing activities.
Avoid unhealthy habits – you may see them as a crutch in difficult times but they can escalate and cause you a whole new heaps of issues for you to worry about.
Helping others who are in a worse-off situation than you can help you put things in perspective and gain some perspective on the importance of the things that are over-helming you and causing stress.
Being positive helps no-end – think about what you are grateful for in your life.
Spend 20 minutes focused on tidying up—it will help you feel in control of something and give you a sense of accomplishment.
Do some breathing exercises when you are feeling stressed. Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique which is inhale through your nose for 4 seconds and hold for 7 seconds and exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds.