You’ve made it. You’ve struck the balance between achieving your career goals and managing your responsibilities to your family, loved ones and friends. But does that mean that you can afford to rest on your laurels? Hell no! You have a responsibility to the trailblazing business women who came before you as well as all those who are trying to shatter the glass ceiling behind you. You know that the price of excellence is always being on duty… but don’t let your impeccable work ethic lead to chronic stress.
Sure, a little stress can sharpen our reflexes, shake us out of apathy and bring out the best in us professionally… but too much of it can send our bodies’ natural inflammation response into overdrive. And this can lead to a range of serious (and potentially fatal) health problems.
With that in mind, here are some essential stress busting tips for those marathon days when it feels like our best is never good enough…
Practice mindfulness meditation
When you have a stressful job and a busy lifestyle, it can feel the world is passing you by at a speed that’s too fast for you to keep up with. Mindfulness meditation can help you to slow the pace of life down and regain perspective and composure. You don’t need to contort yourself into knots. All you need to do is focus on your breathing.
It can be done in a few minutes on your coffee break or even in the car on the way to work.
Help yourself to sleep
Sleep is extremely important, not only for regulating your stress levels but maintaining general mental and physical health. But many a stressed executive struggles to get her 7-9 hours a night. Heck, most struggle to get 4 or 5.
There are many natural ways in which you can help yourself drift off to sleep. Chewing valerian root, try some Rockstar Leafly and enjoying a warm glass of milk before bed can all aid sleep. Taking a hot bath about 90 minutes before bedtime can also help you drift off by reducing your body temperature and signalling to the body that it’s time to rest.
Make time to work out
There’s no better way to relieve stress than to sweat it out. Exercise floods the brain with endorphins and helps to lower cortisol production. Not to mention helping to counteract the health risks of a deskbound lifestyle.
Pack your lunch box with stress-busting foods
If your busy working days limit your diet to the sugary, salty and fatty processed foods in the office vending machine, this may actually exacerbate the symptoms of stress. They can add to your high blood pressure, weight gain, low energy and irritability. Make sure that you plan and prepare nutritious lunches which are full of naturally stress busting foods like;
- Berries and citrus fruits
- Leafy greens
- Dark chocolate
These can all help reduce your body’s cortisol (stress hormone) levels and even out blood pressure, reducing stress naturally.
Don’t let stress prevent you from being the best that you can be.