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5 Stress Relief Practices You Need to Implement in Your Life

Stress is something that can affect everyone at some point in their busy lives, but it can especially affect an entrepreneur who is trying to get their business off the ground. No matter if you’re just starting your business out or you’re a couple of years in and really trying to grow it, running a business can be taxing on your mental and physical health.

When you’re continually running yourself ragged and you are struggling with anxiety, restlessness, headaches, or other physical or mental symptoms of stress, you need to figure out ways to deal with it so that it doesn’t take a really big toll on your body.

Here are some of our favorite stress relief practices, and more ways to implement a lower stress environment at work. 

Exercise

Exercise is the most foolproof way to instantly relieve stress. Going on a long walk, doing a yoga class, riding your bike around the park, or taking your dog with you on a run is the easiest way to increase your endorphins and make you feel better about your life. If it’s been awhile since you last hit the gym, take it slow at first and build up to get more endurance.

Do Something You Enjoy

Do you love to take mini weekend road trips? Do you love to knit on the couch while watching Netflix? Or maybe you like to a bit of mild retail therapy at the mall. Whatever it is that you love to do, be sure to treat yourself every once in a while to lower your stress levels and concentrate on making yourself happy.

Take a Long Bath

You may have always thought of yourself as more of a shower person, but until you’ve tried taking a long, luxurious bath, you might not understand the healing powers that it can have. One night when you’re free, run a warm bath, light some candles, turn on some music, and turn down the lights, and just soak for about 10-15 minutes. You’ll come out a completely rejuvenated person.

Read a Great Book

When we’re feeling stressed out about the world we’re currently living in, sometimes it helps if you get out of it for a little while and explore a character’s world instead. Grab a book that you’ve been meaning to read (or dust off one of your old favorites) and just dive into a story. You’ll be surprised at how concentrating on an interesting plot can lower your stress levels.

Cook Something You Love

Food is healing. And while we love eating out at a restaurant as much as the next person, there’s nothing quite like preparing and cooking your own meal. When you find a night where you don’t have plans, cook yourself a recipe that takes a little while—we’re not talking about that meal that you prepare for your kids in a rush before they go to soccer practice, but that meal that needs to simmer and that requires the whole spice rack. A good meal and a good night’s rest will do wonders for your body and your stress levels.

Another great way to relieve stress is to lighten your load at work. Whether you need more help with administrative tasks, or you need to totally revamp your social media presence, hiring a virtual assistant can help you get those nagging work to-do lists done and help you concentrate on what matters most: your mental and physical health.

Learn more about what the services of a virtual assistant can do for your company by visiting Contemporary Virtual Assistant’s website.

photo credit: andre.m(eye)r.vitali

 

Posted on March 29th, 2018 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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