Boss Babes | How To Reduce Stress
Do you easily get overwhelmed by small things ? While stress is an inevitable part of life, you must remember that it is as constant as your Insta feed and a few fool proof strategies can help manage stress easily. Try these simple habits, mindsets, and schedule changes to limit stress and bring more calm to your everyday life. They have been working for me and I am sure they will for you as well.
- Declutter . Don’t make lofty plans and set goals to declutter your entire home à la Marie Kondo, focus on your biggest problem area. Which area at home causes you the most anxiety? Is it your wardrobe ? Maybe it’s the bathroom countertop because it’s cluttered with makeup and half-used bottles of lotion? No matter what it is, take care of that space first thing this week so you can feel calmer and more productive. I have bought these cute pouches from Anokhi and used them for my make up. Pencils in one, brushes in one and containers from Muji India to store other items. My study area was another area that I needed to clear out, once I did so it really helped me be more productive.
- Take everything one step at a time. Simplify your life by handling everything you have to do, no matter how small or seemingly easy, one step at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by considering everything you have to do all at once. Instead, break the task into steps: to do lists really help. Like when I entertain at home, I have to do lists for a week before, day before and for the day of the party so I don’t miss anything out. My friend and hostess extraordinaire Ami Kothari of Dining Couture by Ami Kothari suggests you even go as far as folding napkins and getting silverware organised upto two days ahead of the party.
- Make plans with friends once . No matter how busy you are, no matter how many texts it takes to make a plan – take time out for those who make you happy. Whether it is a casual coffee catch up, a visit to an art gallery or even a walk at sea face, quality time together keeps you feeling supported and happy. It’s always good to have a friend to chat with and clear your mind out no ?
- Spend time outside every day. The one thing that has always worked for me is going for a run or a walk. Whenever I need to think something off or blow some steam, a healthy dose of fresh air is one of the best ways for me to instantly lift my mood. I usually go down for a walk on our terrace if I am running short of time but I definitely try to get outdoors whenever I can.
- Sleep is non-negotiable. Trying to get eight hours of sleep means nothing. Make it happen for real. We try to do it as much as possible but since we usually have guests over or family dinners more than once a week, I try to stick to at least eight hours of sleep four times a week. On other days try to think about your sleep schedule the same way you’d think about arriving to work on time. Both should be non-negotiable. I am not one of those people who can be up by 6 am regularly so if I sleep by midnight 7 30 – 8 00 am works just fine.
- A relaxing nightly routine goes a long way. What usually works for me is dividing my evening into two parts – prepping for the next day and recharging and unwinding. Packing my gym bag, planning my to do list for the next day help a lot really helps me get more efficient. Then once I’ve taken care of business, I dedicate the balance of the evening to unwinding – reading a book, spending time with Mr. K, listening to music or just watching Netflix.
- Exercise every day in whatever way you can. A quick sweat session boosts your energy levels, brightens your mood, and lets you channel your stress and anxiety in a healthy way, we invested in an elliptical machine at home and absolutely love it. Also it means that I don’t have to be stuck in traffic on my way to the gym.
- Say no more often. Something I learnt recently – to do for ME. When you learn to say no for things you have no interest in or no time for it helps you feel lighter. Whether at work or even with friends, manage your time better by saying NO.Learning to say no—in a respectful, but firm way—is a crucial skill that not only gives you the confidence to manage your time better, but also gives you more freedom to say yes to the things that really matter to you. I picked this along the way, a lot later than I should have but I think it slowly helps me offload unnecessary work that comes my way or puts me in awkward situations.
- Enjoy more, document less. I love my social media family but spending all that time plugged in can leave you feeling anxious and on edge. When I travel now, I take pictures but pick to post them later. Also for me dinner or breakfast is a no mobile phone time. Gives us a good time to chat and catch up. Don’t forget that it’s fun to relive your memories through photos and Snapchat videos, but it’s even more special to fully enjoy your experiences while they’re actually happening.