Here are 10 great practical tips for managing stress.

We experience stress whenever we feel like we have so much to do and not enough time to get it all done. It’s triggered when we get consumed by our work (rushing to get deals done, facilitating mergers, coping with closures, etc.). Concerns regarding job security amid this pandemic are just the latest source of stress for people, piling on to the stress of potentially challenging relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. Before you start stressing about stress itself, here’s the good news: We always have a choice. We can choose to reduce and release our stress and make the necessary changes to find freedom in our lives.

Here are 10 simple strategies you can try today:

1. Breathe. Though it seems simple, few of us take enough deep breaths throughout the day. Practice the 5-5-7 method: Inhale for five seconds, hold it for five seconds, then breathe out slowly for seven.

2. Prioritize a work-life balance. Working at home has led many to overwork. Make sure your workday has a definitive start and end, and be present where you are; if you’re working, be fully engaged in your work, but if you’re with your family, be fully engaged and enjoy your time with them.

3. Say ‘no’ more often. Overcommitting always causes anxiety.

4. Take recess. We’re adults, we deserve recess, too. Take 15- to 30-minute breaks throughout the day.

5. Go on vacation. Finally use some of that paid time off you’ve been accruing and go somewhere where relaxation is the only objective.

6. Exercise. Exercising produces endorphins, the happy hormone, so get your body moving throughout the day.

7. Get plenty of sleep. Don’t let bad habits cheat you out of the seven to nine hours you need every night.

“We can choose to reduce and release our stress and make the necessary changes to find freedom in our lives.”

8. Meditate. Just take some time to sit still somewhere quiet and enjoy the silent moments.

9. Squeeze a stress ball. Keep one close by your work station.

10. Grab a pillow and just scream into it.  This should be a last resort, but it sure helps you feel better.

As a life coach, these techniques for managing stress are just one of the things I work on with my clients. Remember: I’m always here to help you; reach out by phone or email if you ever need me. Embrace your beautiful life!