If you’re a woman who is stuck in a daily grind that often involves taking care of your house, your job, and organizing everyone’s schedules at home, you may be teetering on the edge of burnout. Few people thrive under intense stress, and even for those who do, the increased stress hormones may eventually lead to depression, fatigue, and other health issues. Read through the following four tips to consider how to integrate small but powerful changes that can help you de-stress in your daily life.
1. Focus on Your Eating Patterns To Boost Overall Wellness
Choosing the right foods to nourish your body can be difficult even when you aren’t stressed, but it’s important not to turn to a diet of junk food and convenience options, regardless of how busy you are during the day. Opt for lean proteins and whole grains, and choose fruits and vegetables over foods with a high amount of saturated fat and sugar.
2. Optimize Your Sleep and Use Caffeine in Moderation
Though it may be tempting to skimp on sleep and just have coffee on tap during the day, it’s important for adults of all ages to get the appropriate amount of sleep each night. According to health experts at the Mayo Clinic, adults should make it a priority to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Focus on getting to bed earlier than midnight and avoiding screens for at least an hour before bedtime.
3. Build in Time to Exercise
Starting a great exercise routine may be the last activity on your mind after a busy day, but it’s crucial to move your body for at least 30 minutes a day to maintain a healthy weight and turn the clock back on preventable health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. If you can’t spare 30 minutes all at once, consider dividing this time into three 10-minute mini-workouts throughout the day.
4. Rethink Your Work-Life Balance
Whether you’ve spent the past year working remotely or you’re still at the office on a daily basis, there are likely a few ways that you can shuffle your schedule to gain free time and have a more comfortable lifestyle. For example, if you are working full-time at an office location, consider approaching your employer with a plan to work remotely (even for a couple of days per month) if this is possible for your situation.
If you manage other employees, whether online or in person, it’s especially important to take a good look at your work-life balance and find ways to de-stress. As ZenBusiness explains, the responsibilities of supervision can cause extra pressure. Be sure to take vacation days or mental health days, delegate aspects of projects to co-workers to give yourself a lighter load, and establish healthy boundaries with your co-workers and employer. Whatever your job, simply remembering to take a break during the workday and getting outside for a walk can help considerably.
For women, who often have to juggle work, childcare, and other family responsibilities, finding the right work-life balance is not always as simple as taking a few days off to recalibrate yourself. Use a few of the above tips to find a more sustainable way to maintain your obligations while also caring for your family and yourself.
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I would like to thank Emma Grace Brown for giving me the opportunity to post her article on my blog. She reached out to me and asked if I’d like my blog to be a platform for this post. I can’t express how much that means to me. Please feel free to check out her blog!