In this week’s edition of our performance series with FFS Gyms, Rory McInerney provides insights on how to reduce stress.
Let’s face it, the pressures of modern day life are real. Stress exists everywhere; stress to look a certain way, to be a certain type of person, to live a certain lifestyle. It can all be a little bit overwhelming at times.
In Ireland, compared to other cultures, people aren’t as keen to dive into meditation or other methods of self reflection/discovery. However, one can reduce stress in plenty of other ways.
My personal favourite is a thirty-minute workout, it might feel like the last thing you want to do or something that will drain your most valuable resource (time), but it will clear your head and make you feel more at ease with whatever tasks you face.
Here are five tips to quickly reduce stress.
1. The Controllables
Focus on the important things that you can control. For example, learning to focus on your behaviours and the process rather than the outcome.
People who get tied up in focusing on things they can’t control rarely make their desired progress in any area of their life.
2. Positive Self-Talk
Be your own biggest cheerleader instead of your own biggest critic.
Do not say something to yourself that you wouldn’t say to others. Being self-compassionate and practicing positive self-talk will reduce stress levels and improve resilience in stressful situations.
3. Clear The Clutter
Get rid of distractions or non-essential things in your environment or tasks on your to-do list. Prioritise the ‘big rocks’, the important things, and don’t let yourself get distracted.
4. Sleep More
Make sleep a priority. Getting seven-eight hours of quality sleep per night will have a significantly positive effect on your stress levels. Having some sort of ritual before bed is important for consistent sleep.
Start small, can you not look at your phone 30 minutes before bed time, or perhaps read for 20 minutes before going to sleep?
Find what works for you and make it a habit. Your sleep and overall well-being will thank you for it.
5. Perfect Is The Enemy Of Progression
Finally, focus on progress not perfection! Focus on getting a little better each day rather than being perfect.