While this space is predominantly devoted to fitness, I wanted to share 6 non-fitness things I do to reduce my stress level on a daily basis.
1. Write It Down
My to-do list always seems bigger in my head. Once I write out my list, my stress level eases.
I usually include tasks, appointments or items I need to address to give me a clear vision of not only the day, but the week.
2. Spend Time Outside
Getting outside to breathe fresh air is one of the most effective ways I can destress and improve my mood. Even if it is below freezing, I benefit from spending time outside for as little as 15 minutes. During the warm weather months, you can bet the family is outside as much as possible.
3. Own a Dog
Having a dog is a huge, amazing responsibility. Do not take it lightly.
Cooper is a family member and treated as such. Simply petting my handsome, loyal golden is instantly calming. He is the epitome of love, selflessness, and joy. My best buddy. Even with the addition of two kids, he is a priority and included in every activity possible. Dog owners, you feel me on this?
4. Morning Routine
I believe an efficient morning routine begins the night before. So, I lay out backpacks, winter coats, and do some breakfast prep the evening before. I also look up the weather forecast, so I can anticipate how to dress the kids, whether Jada needs her boots, and if I can take them in the stroller or have drive to pre-school.
Now, mornings with kids are never completely incident free, but I reduce my stress by preparing ahead of time.
5. Reduce Clutter
If my space has physical clutter, then my mind is cluttered.
One of the best ways to reduce clutter is to simply get rid of things that you no longer use, need, or value.
The less you have, the less you have to pick up, and the less you have to clean. I did read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and found it useful. While I never “thanked” my things, I certainly evaluated how to eliminate items that I no longer used or wore. Several moves have helped us do this too!
Don’t get me wrong, I like my share of mindless television. However, having a good book to read helps me start my nighttime routine promptly. I look forward to diving into my bed and losing myself in a story. Adequate sleep, means less stress for me.
I’d love learn about ways you reduce your stress level!