I think many of us stumble upon those moments when we feel too overwhelmed with everything that’s going on in life that it’s nearly impossible to think straight. I’ve been there too. And when that happens, it’s important to know the best way to undo all the anxiety and stress. In this post, I want to introduce 3 ways I break down stress to feel less overwhelmed.
3 Ways to Chill Out (and feel less overwhelmed)
- Prioritize. 物事に優先順位を与える。When there is so much to do and so little time (per always), break down exactly what needs to be done and prioritize. Make a to-do list if you need to. There are plenty of calendar/scheduling apps you can use to organize your life. I actually started making lists to remind myself what I need to do each day so I don’t miss any deadlines. It’ll seem less daunting when you can see all of your to-do’s in one place, and who doesn’t like checking things off once a task is finished? I know I do.
- Put aside “me” time. 自分の時間を作る。This is different for everyone. It could be taking a break to go to the gym, step outside to to the coffee shop in your neighborhood to grab a coffee and pastry, reading a few pages of your favorite book. I’ve also recently discovered apps for meditation and overall well-being (Breath2Relax & Happify are my favorites), and you don’t even have to spend a lot of time with these each day to achieve positive results. When you have a little something to look forward to, you’ll feel more positive energy from within to get you through even on the busiest of days. It’s those little things that count!
- Sleep. 睡眠を取る。Seriously. I’ve read somewhere that some of the most successful people in the world don’t skimp on their Z’s. I’ve also been told that a lack of it over the years can cause Alzheimer’s and cancer (scary). And I myself, personally, am much more efficient with my work with a good night’s sleep. I remember back in college, my colleagues would do all-nighters for every single exam, while I’d do just enough studying up until the night before, fall sleep at a reasonable hour, and do last-minute studying the morning of. This has always worked for me instead of staying up all night and losing concentration. You can also check out this article for on the importance of sleep (check out #3 on concentration and productivity!).
When there is so much to do and so little time (per always), break down exactly what needs to be done and prioritize. Click To Tweet
When you have a little something to look forward to, you'll feel more positive energy from within to get you through even on the busiest of days. It's those little things that count! Click To Tweet
Sleep. Seriously. Even some of the most successful people in the world don't skimp on their Z's. Click To Tweet
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All photos by Fu Sheng Wang