Stress oftentimes feels like an unavoidable part of life and we forget that there are ways we can combat the feelings of being overwhelmed. Below is a list of ways to help keep your stress levels low, especially on those days that seem like they are too much to handle.

Avoid caffeine

This tip might be one of the hardest to follow since it seems like there is a direct correlation between stress levels and caffeine intake, but because caffeine is a stimulant it actually increases the effects of stress rather than reducing them.

Get more sleep

A lack of sleep is one of the main causes of stress, and even more frustrating, stress often leads to more interrupted sleep because we constantly have thoughts swirling through our heads keeping us from a peaceful rest. Rather than turning to medication to help you, try to maximize your relaxation before going to sleep. Make sure your bedroom is dark, avoid caffeine in the evening, and stop doing any work for several hours before going to bed so your mind has time to calm down.

Indulge in physical activity

When you feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get your work done, the last thing you’ll want to do is stop working to go exercise, but that’s exactly what you need to do. Indulging in physical activity is a great way to release your stress and can help you feel calmer and ultimately help your productivity throughout the day. Whether you choose to just go for a brisk walk or you decide to hit the gym, you’ll be eliminating some of those stress hormones and you’ll probably improve the quality of your sleep at the same time!

Manage your time

Another way to help deal with stress is to manage your time responsibly, keep a list of everything you need to do and then prioritize your tasks. By editing and organizing your list of tasks you might find that what started as an overwhelming amount of work is actually pretty manageable.

Learn to say no

One of the most common causes of stress is feeling like you have too much to do and too little time in which to do it. Learning to say “no” can be a very helpful tool when it comes to reducing stress and it will help to keep that to-do list a little bit shorter.