Coping with stress on a tight budget (and schedule)
It’s no secret to many that the amount of stress one is under is inversely proportional to the amount of free time they have. Same goes for the amount of money in their accounts. I have been asked many a time how I manage to do “all that I do” and still have time to sleep. The answer is this: careful time management.
It’s a constant juggle of knowing when you can do without an unnecessary activity versus you need to take a break for the sake of your sanity. Can you go out to dinner with friends, or are you better off telling them you’ll have to see them another time?
Part of how I lower my stress levels is taking time out to exercise. You don’t need hours and hours on the treadmill; studies have shown just ten minutes a day can produce results. Grab a dvd of your favorite ten minute workout and get moving!
In addition to physical activity, listening to music, reading, and taking long walks often helps. Paying attention to my body, feeding it the right food and getting at least 7-8 hours per sleep per night also prevents me from becoming so low on energy that my immune system is affected and then guess what–now you’re not only stressed with little free time but now you’re spending it being sick in bed.
It’s a neverending battle, but I think it’s just part of life in our culture and lifestyle.
How do you cope with stress? Do you ever find that you have to sacrifice your health for the sake of responsibility?