5 Ways to Reduce Stress in Everyday Life

Life is stressful! According to the American Psychological Association, Gen X-ers (ages 34 to 47) report the highest of the most recent four generations. I may not be in that age group yet, but why should I wait? Many people I know already believe the burden of stress they bear is proportionate to their age.

That's why I put together a few ways to get rid of stress. I did so by pointing out some key triggers in everyday stress.

Leave Work at Work

This is a far more common occurrence than people realize! There are two different ways people bring their work home:

  1. By literally bringing work home. Taking projects or deadlines back home at the end of the day to tidy up at night is very common. I see my friends do it all the time whenever I call to check in on them after work!

    Some people don't want to deal with the same work problem the next day, so they often take it home to try and finish off before the next work day. The problem with this practice is that time at home is best spent with family.

    Even the world's best employees need to de-stress from a rather stressful work day. By bringing that stress home, you have no time to detox from it before going back the next day.

    Ironic how the measures you take to relieve work stress actually increases it!

  2. By taking work issues home. Everyone does this. If you don't believe me, scroll through your Facebook newsfeed and see what your friends had to say about their day.

    There is always that one person at work who drives you crazy, regardless of how likeable you think you are. But instead of letting go of the stress they brought on that day, you go home and rant about it to your family or post online.

    While getting that frustration off your chest is healthy, it is often healthier to find a way to constructively release where it originated. Don't bring the toxicity home!

    Ranting to family will help you temporarily, but if it becomes a habit, you might start to come off as a whiner at home who treats his family like a doormat. Besides, the next day, you still have to return to that stressful situation (and the cycle repeats itself).

Take a Walk With Nature

Appreciating Mother Nature is a great way to de-stress after a task-oriented day. Instead of sitting on the couch, take a little time to do some yard work or walk around the block.

The fresh air will help calm your nerves and reduce your stress overall. Extra benefit: Spending time outdoors can actually reduce your chances of depression, too!

Shed Your Workday - Literally!

When you come home from work, even if you attempt to leave work in the office, the weight of the stress might still be on your shoulders. So, when you walk in the door, try to shed your workday by kicking off your shoes, putting your wallet or purse away, and changing into some comfortable clothes.

Literally removing anything remotely related to work helps change your mindset. This makes it easier to leave the stress of work where it should be: in the workplace!

Start Getting Rid of Debt

This may seem easier said than done for most. But who can get a good night's sleep knowing they are deep in debt? (I know I can't!)

If your credit is in bad shape, help reduce your mortgage or car payments by taking the time to repair your credit. While there are a lot of credit repair companies out there, it is important to know who you are trusting with your credit before signing up for anything. Tip: Read reviews of services in order to get a better feel for what the company has done for others in the past. 

Once your credit is repaired, try and refinance your loans to reduce cost. No matter how close you are to your partner, money is a major source of stress in relationships! Lift some of that burden by spending wisely.

Simplify Your Life

To begin with, reconsider the way you are living. Do you really need that new outfit or the most up-to-date electronics? Do you really need that high car payment or the shelves full of movies you never watch?

Before you go spending money, think about where it is going. People who live a simpler life find it easier to release stress because they don't have to worry about where the money for the next payment is coming from.

They often have little to no payments at all. By finding ways to simplify your life, you can greatly reduce the amount of stress you take on. More payments and more clutter equals more work for you later!

Make Time for Friends

Hanging out with your friends is a great way to let go of everything and just enjoy life. It doesn't matter what you do together.

Having no friends can increase stress and also increase your chance of depression! It doesn't have to be much; just a couple of hours a week will do. That is all it takes to help you feel rejuvenated before returning to the nuances of everyday life.

I tell myself each day that no matter what I do, I must take the time to let it all go and just enjoy life. And, as popularized by a hashtag not too long ago, you only live once!