"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." William James
We live in such a fast paced world. We are always in a rush. We are always looking for ways to make things faster and more effective. Speed is key in our society. As a result, this has taken a toll on our relationships. We have seen the divorce rate sky rocket and we have more disease than ever. Many doctors have told us this is because of stress. Here are five tips to help lower the stress in your life and help build the friendship in your relationship:
- Sleep. Sounds obvious, but in our fast paced world we have given up much of our sleep. Get at least eight hours of restful sleep a night, or however much sleep you need to feel rested. I know when I don't get enough sleep I am more forgetful and less effective. I know this true for everyone. Start getting enough sleep and you will find the quality of your work will improve.
- Drink plenty of water. Doctor's tell us we need at least eight glasses of water a day. It's hard to believe how many people suffer from dehydration. The remedy is simple, drink plenty of water.
- Take breaks during the day. Many people feel there aren't enough hours in the day to finish everything they need to do. They will work through the day and not even leave their desk for lunch. We live in a society where people may be praised for this. They think this is how to get ahead. Work more, get more work done. This is actually not true, I always tell my clients to take a 20 minute break every two hours. I know this goes against what we have been taught. But, you will be doing wonders for your mind and you will be more productive.
- Stop multi-tasking. I know this is a buzz word these days. Everybody should know how to multi-task and be very good at it. The brain was not made to multi-task. Instead, work on one project at a time. Be determined to finish one project before starting another one. This will make your more effective.
- Practice mindfulness. Studies have shown people that practice mindfulness are happier and better equipped to deal with the stresses of life. We can't always control the world around us but we can control how we react to it. Give your mind a break. Practice mindfulness twice a day for three to five minutes.