April serves as Stress Awareness Month, giving us an annual reminder to find ways to avoid (or
manage) stress and anxiety. Although some stress can hurt (it helps you focus during an
important presentation), long-term stress is unhealthy.
Luckily, there are many ways to help
release the tension - we've got you! If you're looking for helpful tips and strategies to relax, these
tips can make you calm down in less than 15 minutes.
1. Go for a walk
Clear your mind and calm down during a nice walk outside. When you’re taking a walk, more oxygen
flows to your brain, stimulating brain activity in connecting brain parts and creating new brain cells.
Stress, depression and anxiety are reduced in the process. Bonus points if you walk through the
woods: this helps you even more to relax.
2. Go offline (reduce your screen time)
Activate 'device-free time' on your smartphone. Turn off all non-essential apps from 9:30 pm to 8:30
am. The result? Because you won’t read that late request from a colleague or annoying email from a
customer until the next day, you’ll sleep soundly at night. And your mornings? Totally yours, too!
You don't waste your time reading negative news stories (or scrolling on Instagram), and you don't
have to constantly reply to your received messages either. Honestly, you never want to go back.