20 Tips for Stress Management

This month, we invite you to focus on stress management as you continue on your journey to Be Your Healthiest Best.

Here are five suggestions for each week:

Week 1

  1. Laughter is the best medicine – try to pull an April Fools prank on a coworker today!
  2. Complete a Guided Relaxation Recording today! The three- to 15-minute recordings help you relax and manage stress. 
  3. Laugh out loud (LOL)! A good laugh doesn’t just lighten the load mentally. It lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help elevate your mood.
  4. Have a handful of raw almonds. They’re full of helpful vitamins like vitamin E and B vitamins, which may make you more resilient during bouts of stress or depression.
  5. Increase your chances for a good night’s sleep tonight. Relax for one hour (bathe, read, listen to music) before climbing into bed.

Week 2 

  1. Laughter actually enhances the immune system! Watch a funny movie and have a healthy snack.
  2. Slow and deep breathing is a good counter to stressful situations. Practice it today!
  3. Smiling improves your mood and reduces stress! Make a concentrated effort to smile at least five times while working today.
  4. Feeling stressed? Use your senses: sound. Quickly hum your favorite tune. Listen for the sounds of nature – rain, the wind in the trees, birds singing, etc.
  5. Play with kids. The average child laughs 400 times a day while the average adult laughs 15 times a day.

Week 3 

  1. Have fun – make foods look festive! Decorate foods with nuts or seeds or use new shapes for vegetables. Go on…play with your food!
  2. Be present – slow down. Take five minutes and focus on only one behavior with awareness. When you spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel less tense.
  3. Complete a Guided Relaxation Recording today! The three- to 15-minute recordings help you relax and manage stress.
  4. Walk your way to your healthiest best! Join your colleagues for a lunch time walk
  5. Try a cup of black tea. Drinking black tea has been shown to help people recover from stressful events more quickly.

Week 4 

  1. To bring more humor into your life, read the cartoon section of the paper today.
  2. Feeling stressed? Use your senses: sight. Look at a favorite photo or memento. Surround yourself with colors that lift your spirits. Close your eyes and picture your favorite vacation spot.
  3. Eat a quick, healthy meal and spend the rest of your lunch break getting in a brisk 15-minute walk with a friend. Exercise reduces stress.
  4. Friends help you better handle stress. Get a fresh perspective by reaching out to an old friend today.
  5. Practice meditating. A few minutes of meditating every day can ease anxiety. Sit up straight, close your eyes and focus on a positive mantra. (For example, “I feel at peace.”)