Stress doesn’t just make you feel bad — it can actually have a serious negative impact on your health. It can cause anxiety, overeating, insomnia, depression and more. But with stress comes opportunity. In fact, there is evidence that stress can help us adapt to a situation by forcing us to make quick decisions and think on our feet. So how do you keep that opportunity alive? What are the small changes you can make every day to find balance in your life? The first step is recognizing how much stress your life really has. Once you realize where your stress comes from, it becomes easier to create a strategy for managing it. That’s why we’ve created this 7-day guide: to help you understand what triggers stress in your life, and how to eliminate them as quickly as possible so you can start feeling happier and healthier again.
Time Management Basics
The first step to finding balance in your life is to recognize just how stressed you are.
You might feel a little run down and overwhelmed at times, but are you really experiencing chronic stress? Chronic stress is when you feel overwhelmed and have trouble functioning on a daily basis because of your stress. And the good news is that you can change that.
The first step is to get on top of the small stresses in your life. Ditch the things in your life that are stressing you out. Find a new way of doing things that doesn’t stress you out.
For example, let’s say you have a really busy job that’s stressing you out. Instead of stressing about it, let’s say you find a way to reduce your workload by taking on fewer projects. You could also reframe how you think about that job situation to look at it in a different light.
If you’re stressed out about a relationship, maybe you should take a step back and think about why you’re so anxious.
Maybe you’re dating someone who doesn’t bring you much joy and you’re trying to force something into your life that’s not meant to be there.
Habit Tracking and Strengthening
The next step towards a balanced life is tracking your habits and strengthening the ones that have been successful in the past.
A habit is something you do over and over again, every day, without even thinking about it. In other words, it becomes automatic.
Use the Habit Tracking sheet in this guide to start collecting data about your habits. Once you have this information, you’ll be able to spot areas where you’re stressed and work on eliminating those stresses before they cause any more problems. For example, if you’re stressed because you don’t have enough time to fit everything you want into your day, you can figure out a way to make time for what you want.
The first step is to become aware of your habits. Start keeping a journal and writing down everything you do every day — not just what you eat, but what you do, when, and how much time it takes. Once you have this information, you’ll be able to spot stress points in your life and work to eliminate those stresses so they don’t cause any more problems.
The next step is to find a way to de-stress.
There are a lot of different ways to do this, from simple breathing exercises to more complex meditations. One of the most effective ways to de-stress is by finding a way to relax your mind.
When you’re stressed, both your body and your mind are working overtime. All the parts of your nervous system are being thrown into overdrive because they need energy to stay active.
If you can learn to relax your mind, your body will be able to relax as well.
There are many breathing exercises that people find helpful when they’re stressed. In fact, research shows that
Try keeping a breathing journal to keep track of your breathing patterns throughout the day. What do you notice? What are your breathing patterns like when you’re stressed? Notice the difference when you keep a journal of your breathing patterns.
Finding Joy in your day-to-day life
The next step is to find more joy in your day-to-day life.
What are you currently spending your time on that isn’t bringing you any joy?
There are a lot of different things you can do when you’re stressed to help you find more joy in your life.
For example, one way to bring more joy into your life is to challenge yourself to do something you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t been able to find the time for.
Another way to find more joy in your day-to-day life is to make a plan to spend more time with the people you care about.
Eat healthily, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly
The final step towards finding balance in your life is to eat healthily, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly.
Eating healthy is one of the most important things you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It helps regulate your hormones, keeps you energized, and helps you stay strong and focused. A healthy diet also helps reduce stress because it helps reduce inflammation, which is what stress is made up of.
While you’re eating healthy, try to incorporate a bit more protein into your diet. Protein is calming and helps reduce stress.
If you’re not getting enough sleep — or are overdoing it — you’re not going to be able to maintain the same level of energy you’d need for daily activities.
And without that energy, it’s going to be much harder to find time for the things you care about, like exercise and hobbies.
The good news is that you can find balance again. All you need to do is apply the techniques from this guide and work through the stages of stress with determination and patience.
Now that you know what causes stress, you can start to eliminate these stresses in your life. By tracking your habits and strengthening the ones that have worked in the past, you’ll be able to find more joy in your day-to-day life and get enough sleep to relax your mind and body. And by eating healthy and exercising regularly, you’ll be able to reduce your stress and find balance in your life.