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Top 5 ways to downshift and stress less

10.17.2016 | By: Christi Tallent
Blue Zones Project

Look at five things you can do to help cut stress out of your life and get the most out of your down time.

1. Nurture yourself

Set aside time each day for an activity that you enjoy, such as walking, working out, or listening to music. Unwind after a hectic workday by reading, practicing yoga or taking a bath or steam shower.

2. Protect your day off

Try to schedule some of your routine chores on workdays so your days off are more relaxing. Try eating a light dinner early in the evening to give your body plenty of time to digest the food before going to bed.

3. Spend time with your family and friends

Surround yourself with people who listen, laugh easily, and find the humor in everyday events. Avoid the “Debbie Downers” of the world.

4. Slow down, unwind and de-stress

Some of life’s most precious moments will pass us by if we don’t take the time to notice them. Make more time for slower-paced activities by turning off the TV, leaving work at the office this weekend, and reclaiming some time and space in your routine.

5. Get happy

Happy hours are a great way to relax and connect with co-workers, neighbors, family and friends. Studies point to personal connections and friendships as being an important factor to enjoying a healthy, long life.

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