Most of us experience some form of stress during the day, but what truly distinguishes successful people from the rest is in how they deal with that stress at the end of the day.
According to Gallup, more than half of us admit to being stressed, and those of us who are between 30 and 49 years old tend to feel the most stress. Stress raises our blood pressure and reduces our ability to think clearly. Long term stress can harm our immune and digestive systems, as well as damage our cardiovascular system and prevent us from sleeping well.
We all experience stress from time to time due to a variety of causes like pressure to succeed, things not going exactly right, or always expected to have the right answer.
It’s nearly unavoidable to eliminate stress. But, there are healthy ways to prevent it from taking over your life.
Here are 5 effective ways successful people deal with that stress.
Take time for yourself.
Peace and quiet can do wonders for our health, including reducing our stress. Without distractions and noise, we can more easily process the day, take deep breaths, and think about things in a much more calm way – as Oprah Winfrey did as a reporter.
If you can’t find quiet time at home because of kids or distractions, consider driving home after work without the radio on. Or if you work from home, sit out on your desk, patio or in your backyard to escape the hustle and bustle of whatever is going on inside.
Go for a walk.
Walking can be incredibly meditative. The robotic and rhythmic nature of walking lets us get exercise, but also allows our minds to wander. To take in the environment. You might be amazed at how many ideas you get when on a walk. Take a walk around your neighborhood every day if you can. Make it a priority by scheduling time for it.
Exercises like Yoga can help us blow off a little steam using safe, but active, movements. Like walking, relaxation exercises are a form of meditation and lets our minds wander as we stretch and loosen up.
Often, finding a creative outlet can instantly reduce our stress. For example, these types of outlets might include cooking, writing, or knitting. Maybe even building something with your hands like a piece of furniture or a miniatures display. These activities let our minds refocus on things that we enjoy without a lot of pressure or external expectations.
Turn off your phone. Don’t sit in front of the television. “It’s impossible to escape stress when it follows you everywhere,” writes Harvard. “Cut the cord. Avoid emails and TV news. Take time each day — even if it’s for just 10 or 15 minutes — to escape from the world.”