Being a working-class woman in this day and age can be stressful. The daily grind, the demands of womanhood, and societal pressures can leave you feeling like an exhausted mess at the end of a long day. What’s a lady to do to keep herself together and on her feet? These five stress management tips can help any working woman learn to relax, slow down, and appreciate the quiet downtime that feels so rare when you’re constantly working. From making time for the spirit to watching your diet and everything in between, this is your ultimate guide of stress management tips as a working woman.
Make Time For Prayer, Meditation, or Spiritual Reflection
Often, when we’re working demanding jobs or simply too busy to take a moment, the spirit suffers as much as the body. It’s not enough to eat right, sleep well, and exercise—we also need to make sure that we’re taking care of our souls as well. Whatever your beliefs are, taking time out of your day for the spirit is crucial to successful stress management.
Using a prayer website or app can help remind you that you need to take a few minutes out of your day to pray or reflect. No matter how busy they are, everyone has five to ten minutes out of the day to devote to spiritual health. Maybe you need to pray for that promotion you’re waiting on, or a loved one is in the hospital. Or, maybe you just need to feel a connection to your spirit and the God you love so much.
Whatever the case may be, carve out some time for your spiritual health. Even if you wait until the very end of the day just before bed, that’s ok! As long as you’re devoting some time to your spiritual health, you’ll feel much better and less stressed out.
Watch What You Eat
Did you know that what you eat can alleviate or exacerbate stress? Fatty, sugary, or carb-rich foods add to your stress and create further health complications, which will create more stress down the road. When you eat (or drink) large amounts of sugar, your blood sugar spikes and then crashes, that crash can make your day feel longer, leaving you exhausted. What do you do when you crash? You reach for more sugar and caffeine! Eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods can ensure that you get the energy and nutrition you need to keep going all day.
There’s also information that suggests a poor diet can be linked to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. These conditions can increase stress levels, adding more (unpleasant) symptoms to your stress. That’s not something a working woman wants to have to worry about throughout the day!
Make sure you’re packing a healthy lunch for work to avoid the temptation of going out to eat with your co-workers. Sitting for extended periods of time and eating poor-quality food is a recipe for poor health and increased stress.
Make Time For Yourself
Making time for ourselves might seem rather selfish, but the truth is, you have to be just a little selfish to take care of yourself. If you never make any “you” time, you’ll lose who you are and fall victim to the stress that’s constantly eating away at your mental health. Alone time allows you to reflect, plan, and unwind.
It feels like you have to steal time for yourself because it’s so rare, but you shouldn’t ever feel guilty about it. Your brain needs time to rest and recharge, and sometimes, sleep just isn’t the right time to address all of the issues at hand. You might be surprised by how much you learn about yourself and your situation by taking some time to relax.
This is precious time that should be respected and protected. Choose a quiet place in your house or create one so that you can be alone without any distractions. This will allow for maximum focus. You can also do things like treat yourself to a spa day, a massage, or your favorite shopping center or restaurant.
Know When Enough Is Enough
We’re sort of taught to “push through” stress and discomfort, and while there are advantages to this, sometimes we need to look closer and realize when enough is enough. Stress can help us grow, but it can also beat us into the ground and keep us miserable. This is an important distinction that every working woman should be aware of.
If you hate your job, you’re always unhappy at home or are generally uncomfortable with where you are in life. It’s time to take back control and say, “enough is enough!”
It’s not always practical to take immediate action, but remember that even a little bit of progress is still progress. You can start putting aside money to get a new house or apartment or start job hunting, so you don’t have to be miserable. Be aware of your limits and don’t make a habit of going over them.
Ask For Support
Why is it so hard for us to ask for help? It could be a matter of pride, of not wanting to feel like a bother to others, or maybe a combination of both. Either way, no one can do everything on their own all of the time. It’s ok to ask for help and expect it when you ask for it—especially from loved ones.
Remember that your friends and family aren’t the only support systems available to you. There are apps, groups, and social pages that can also lend support in times of need. All you have to do is ask!
Don’t Let Stress Control Your Life
Stress doesn’t have to be your enemy. If you learn to manage and control it, stress can actually work for you. Every working woman should follow these five stress management tips for a healthier, happier life. Don’t let stress control your life!
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