We would all like to know how to beat stress, but just how easy is it?

The research is pretty clear. Less stress is good for your health and happiness.  But sometimes that’s easier said than done. Use this ultimate guide to reduce stress levels to help you reclaim your calm.

1. Don’t sleep with your phone

If you check your phone first thing when you wake up in the morning, there is a huge probably that you’ll start your day with an overwhelming to-do list (before your morning coffee!) Set clear phone/work hours by charging your phone in another room. Buy an alarm clock to wake you up and resist checking your emails and social media accounts for at least 30 minutes after waking. Try this for a week and you’ll notice a difference.

2. Make more phone calls

This step may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s actually a highly effective way to stress less. Emails are one of the biggest contributors to modern-day stress levels so by picking up the phone instead of starting what can feel like a never-ending email chain, you’ll save previous time and becoming more efficient. Better yet – go for a walk whilst you make phone calls. You’ll stay more active, sound more engaging on the phone and get more work done, saving your previous time.

3. Reclaim lunchtime

When was the last time you stepped away from your desk for lunch? Taking the time to make lunch a priority can greatly improve your efficiency whilst also reducing stress levels. Schedule time to eat lunch into your calendar each day, even if it’s just 20 minutes. Ideally, get out of the office, get a fast, healthy lunch and sit down to enjoy your meal – free from emails or distractions.

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4. Track social media use

It’s easy to get caught in a social-media vortex. Research shows that social media can often make us more stressed and contribute to feeling ‘not good enough’. Become really ruthless with how much time you spend on social media. Download an app like ‘Moment App’ to help you track how much time you spend on your phone and specific social media sites. Less social media can often mean less stress.

 5. Schedule in down time

You need to prioritise your downtime otherwise it will quickly fall off the never-ending to-do list. Downtime is essential to help you recharge your energy levels, reconnect to your self and will ultimately help prevent burn out. Schedule a minimum of 2 hours a week to turn off your phone and take time for you.  Try read a book, take a bath, do something creative or just do nothing!