Most days are the sum of little actions.
And when you have a trying day, it can feel like every tiny, stressful thing in your life has piled up and is about to topple over on top of you.
While many of us deal with stress through exercising, meditation and talking things out, there are a few things you can do throughout the workday to lower your stress and anxiety levels.
Here are a few simple tips to practice that will help you deal with the accumulative effects of daily stress:
1. If someone complains, don't respond.
Don't correspond and agree. Just smile and continue on with a different subject or add light to it.
It's like putting on a shield so you don't hook yourself into a negative vacuum.
Why start relating to people who love to complain? It just starts an endless spiral of mediocrity.
This will make you feel more stressed out and take on other people's drama and negativity.
2. Wear comfortable clothes.
You know those awesome heels that you love?
Well, wear them on a day when you feel perky and really alive, not on the days when you are wondering how you are going to walk across the room one more time because your feet hurt.
Try to find clothing and shoes that look good and are actually comfortable. Yes, they exist.
3. Make sure you are breathing from your stomach, not your upper chest.
This adds to your body tensing up, and you will feel awful.
Try to take at least six breaths when you are getting frustrated. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach to feel the difference.
Try to implement this breathing throughout the day.
If you are getting enough oxygen, then you have a quality engine for energy. It's just the laws of physics at work.
4. Be grateful.
Even when things are beyond dire, we can hold on to a few things to pull us up. It can be anything from a flushing toilet to a healthy body.
Go back to the basics of gratitude as much as you can. If you can't, pull up some cheesy YouTube videos that have uplifting messages.
Tony Robbins, Teal Swan and many others have positive voices that can help lift you up during the day while you're finishing up your tasks.
5. Take a walk and reset.
If you have a meeting, then ask if you can meet and chat during a walk. It is uplifting for everyone.
It doesn't matter if it is snowing or raining. Yes, it may make it a shorter meeting, but maybe that is a good thing.
You may get a little resistance at first, but you'll find that people will have a positive experience when they add some movement to their meetings. Plus Steve Jobs made it OK to do this.
I know these all seem rather simple, but they can have a seriously positive effect on your mental health.
Try to use these little tips during your day as a way to de-stress and channel good energy.