6 Everyday Tips To Relieve Stress And Increase Productivity

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6 Everyday Tips To Relieve Stress And Increase Productivity

You hear about it all the time: People are more stressed-out than ever, anxiety and potential burnout abound. Keeping your physical and mental health protected right now is so important.

In order to feel better and relieve stress, you need to be able to practice proper self-care. And no, that doens't mean just getting a mani/pedi.

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You never slow down to take a break. When you don't slow down, you don't give your mind a chance to rest

It's important to schedule breaks during the day. You are not a machine. You are not meant to go forever. You need to listen to your body and rest.

Stress is the number-one killer. Studies have shown that it can lead to mental illness, heart disease, and even cancer. You don't have to end up being a statistic.

Here are 6 everyday tips to reduce stress and increase productivity.

1. Go for a walk.

Walking is great exercise.

You don't have to have a war over the closest parking spot at the grocery store. The further you park, the easier it will be to find a parking spot, and you will get more steps in.

2. Listen to music.

The next time you take a break, listen to one of your favorite songs. This will get your mind off of work.

If you can sing the song, do it. Singing is good for your brain.

3. Get out in nature.

Studies have shown that nature is good for your mental health. You spend most of your day inside under fluorescent lighting, and this isn't good for your mind.

Go for a hike, if you can. It doesn't have to be long. Just get outside and connect with nature.

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4. Spend quality time with friends and family.

This means have fun. Go have dinner with a friend or watch a comedy.

Take a genuine interest in your friends and family. They really are interesting people, and I'm sure they would like to get to know you better.

5. Spend time with your pet.

Studies have shown that pet therapy is good for your mental health.

Your pet is there to greet you when you get home. Stop and give your pet a hug. Your pet loves you unconditionally and requires little care.

6. Go on a road trip.

It's important to get away. If you live in the city, it can be noisy.

Spend a long weekend with your partner or friends. Stay in a B&B near the ocean, lake, or river. Visit a relative. See a new place. This is good for the soul.

Stress reduction doesn't have to be difficult. It's something you can practice daily. Instead of rushing out the door in the morning, spend 10 minutes meditating. This is a great way to start the day.

Plan your day, so you aren't running late and sitting in traffic. This will create unnecessary stress. It also sets a tone for the day. Don't let stress get the best of you.

If you let it go too long, it can ruin your mood and lead to mental-health issues, like anxiety and depression. Stress doesn't have to ruin your life. With a little effort, you can reduce stress and feel better.

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Lianne Avila is a licensed marriage & family therapist, located in San Mateo, CA. She can help you create a happy and successful life. She specializes in self-care and stress reduction. Please visit her website to learn more about her services and expertise. You can also subscribe to her newsletter.

This article was originally published at Lessons for Love. Reprinted with permission from the author.