Easy ways to manage your stress each day

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Do you know anyone who is not stressed? The frantic pace of modern life coupled with the fact that most people spend the day battling the clock means that even getting out of the house each morning can be stressful. And the truth is that while we can dream of a stress free existence, the reality is that the stress is unlikely to go away anytime soon. As such, we have to get better at managing it if we are to feel and perform at our best. The good news is that there are a number of easy ways you can manage and reduce the stress in your life, with simple strategies like keeping well hydrated.

The close link between stress and dehydration is not frequently discussed but results from a recent trial commission by Zip Water clearly demonstrated the link. In this study, busy mums hosting the ever stressful kid’s birthday party had their markers of stress such as blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels measured when they were and were not dehydrated. The results clearly showed that the mum who took on the party well hydrated thanks to her trusty Zip HydroTap had lower blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels. What this basically means is that drinking enough water is the least we can do to help protect our bodies from stress –and who does not want to do that? Read more about the study here.

So if you are keen to take control and manage your day-to-day stress better in 2018, here are some simple steps you can take.

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 6.17.10 PM1. Drink more water

With 70% of adults walking around dehydrated, and dehydration closely linked to an exaggerated experience of stress, drinking more water is the simplest thing you can do to help with day-to-day stress management. Always carry a water bottle with you, aim to drink at least 2 bottles of water each day and if you have not got one at work and home already, consider installing a Zip HydroTap to help all of your family and colleagues drink more instantly chilled, filtered water. 

2. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, at least 7-8hrs a night

This means no TV in the bedroom, no mobile phones next to the bed and ideally getting into bed by 11pm each night. Not only does hormonal regulation improve when you are getting the rest that you need, the more you sleep, the less likely you are to eat. 

3. Learn to meditate – even for just 5-10 minutes a day

Meditation is another proven psychological technique to help calm the mind, deepen breathing and gain perspective. If the idea of meditation completely freaks you out, start slow with just a 5-10 minute session to kick start your day. There are also some great mobile apps available so you can grab 5 minutes to meditate anywhere, anytime. 

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 10.24.27 AM4. Get out into nature without technology at least once each week

A proven psychological strategy to improve health and wellbeing is to escape the rush of modern life and be reunited with the wonder of nature. Whether it is a bush walk, swim in the ocean or drive to the country, you will feel reinvigorated as a result. 

5. Actively engage in a hobby you enjoy once each week

The rush of life means that we can easily forget how much we enjoy the simple things – a coffee at your favourite café or a new magazine. Start to bring more joy into your daily life by actively adding more simple things that you enjoy into your life on a daily basis. 

6. Make sure your Vitamin D is not low, and get some sunlight each day

Up to 25% of Australian adults have low Vitamin D, which can basically leave you feeling dreadful. If you have not been feeling at your best, have your Vitamin D levels checked at your GP and make a concerted effort to get out into the sunlight as often as you can. 

7. Get your heart rate up for 20 minutes each day through movement

The harder your heart beats, the more blood you have pumping around your body and the better you will feel, well, at least 20 minutes later anyway. Whether it is via exercise, walking or even dancing, getting your heart pumping is the most simple and natural antidepressant you can find.

Read how a Zip HydroTap® changed Susie’s life, here.

Susie is currently a brand ambassador for Zip. Read more about her partnership with Zip here.