Our Top Stress Hacks | Neuratech

Our Top Stress Hacks

Stress - that horrible thing that affects just about everything in life.

That feeling of not knowing which way to turn because your mind is so busy, not exercising, not having energy, but also not being able to sleep, not focusing on yourself, not eating right and simply just not doing well in most aspects of life. 

Stress can be triggered by different things and it affects us all differently. Some people may be stressed, but productive, while others may be stressed and a mess. Whatever the case is - too much stress is not good for anyone. It affects your body in ways that you do not realise and has serious implications on your health and on your brain. 

The main causes of stress are work, relationships, financial problems and big life changes. We don’t want these things to worry you too much though so let’s break down our top stress hacks. 

Be organised

Have you ever felt like you have so much to do, but you just do not know where to start? One of the best ways to manage stress and to be ahead of things in life is to be organised while also managing your time. Know what you need to do, what is expected of you and create a structure that you stick to.

Create a to-do list with set times, but also remember to be realistic with your time and leave some room for the unexpected that can pop up. This will ensure that you are getting done what you need to get done while also getting it done efficiently and with room to breathe. 

Exercise

Exercising is one thing that we always promote, but why? The reason why is because exercising is a great way to shift your focus elsewhere. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins and dopamine and this makes you feel energised and better in all aspects. Exercising is different for everyone - some may enjoy weight training while others enjoy a stroll. No matter what it is, moving your body is beneficial and something that we will always promote for your health. 

Eat well

The food that we consume affects our bodies more than you can imagine. Have you ever felt low in energy and like you’re in a slump after eating “bad” for a few days and not consuming the correct nutrients that your body needs? Your body thrives off of good food and a balanced diet. Get to know your body and know what foods don’t make you feel good and what does make you feel good. The good old saying “food is fuel” is extremely true and can help you with the energy that you need in stressful situations.

Journal

Remember when you were young and you were writing “Dear Diary”? Turns out that is something that you should be doing in adulthood as well. Journaling helps you to process what you are feeling as well as helps you to figure out certain triggers, patterns and coping mechanisms. Talking to someone about what you are going through always helps, but some people cannot do that or just simply do not want to and that’s okay. Get some paper and a pen and make it a habit of sitting down regularly and letting your feelings out about what life changes you are experiencing, what feelings you have or simply what is happening at work. You would be surprised at how much better you feel. 

Learn to say no

Often the main reason why we become stressed and overwhelmed is because we commit to more than we can humanly accomplish. It may take time to do this, but learn your limits, know your strengths and weaknesses and know how much you can cope with and take on at one time. Saying no to certain situations or people is not a weakness, but actually a stress. It means that you understand your capabilities and you know yourself well enough to set healthy boundaries. Saying no is a great way to manage stress levels. 

Use the The Pomodoro Technique

This is a popular time management method that teaches you how to break your work and time up into intervals that are separated by short breaks. The time spent working is typically 25 minutes and this aims to promote sustained concentration and stop mental fatigue. This technique can be achieved in five easy steps: pick a task, set a 25-minute timer, work on your task for that duration, take a five minute break and for every four pomodoros - take a longer break between 15-30 minutes. This technique promotes productivity while also limiting distractions. [1]

Use the Time Blocking Strategy

Intentionally allocating your time and attention to a certain activity or task could help you feel more focus and stop procrastination from sneaking in. If you’re someone that can’t take breaks every few minutes and then jump back into a task, then this technique might be better for you. It’s not only a beneficial way of ticking things off your to-do list, but also gives you a sense of how long things take, how much time you have available and essentially when your work day ends. (Because let’s be honest, the majority of us struggle with switching off and that builds up unnecessary stress). [2]

Like we said, some people may thrive in stressful situations and when they feel a bit of extra pressure, but very often most people crumble in those situations. It comes down to knowing yourself and how you work and doing what is best for you. Never be afraid to do what is best for you because the effects of stress when you cannot cope with it are not good for you or for the people around you. 

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References

  1. Scroggs, L., n.d. The Pomodoro Technique — Why It Works & How To Do It. (online) Todoist. Available at: https://todoist.com/productivity-methods/pomodoro-technique (Accessed 1 April 2022).
  2. Thurrott, S., 2020. Feel frazzled? This time management strategy can help reduce stress. (online) TODAY.com. Available at: https://www.today.com/health/time-blocking-time-management-strategy-can-reduce-stress-t198164 (Accessed 1 April 2022).


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