Stressors in our life are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean we are always equipped to handle them. With work demands, family, and traumatic life events that occur, there is no escaping stress, but there are a few things you can do that will help mitigate the effects stress can have on the body and mind.

Create your boundaries

If you are a people pleaser, saying no to someone can feel like you are letting the other person down. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Respect your own boundaries and if you truly don’t feel like attending an event/dinner/party, kindly send your regrets. If you RSVP yes to every invitation that comes your way, you can become stretched too thin leading to added stress. Pick and choose which outings will make you the happiest.

Embrace your mistakes

Perfectionism can exasperate stress. If you are constantly striving to be perfect, you will always be met with disappointment which can lead to feelings of inadequacy and stress. Stop putting so much pressure on yourself and embrace the imperfect you. Yes, you will make mistakes, but as long as you are learning from them and striving to be the best version of yourself, imperfections and all, you will gain piece of mind and hopefully, a little more self-love.

Focus on the things you can control

While you can’t control what other people say and do, you do have control over how you react. One of the most avoidable stressors is being consumed by things that are beyond your control. Figure out how you can digest those outside stressors without allowing them to take control of your emotions, then work on how you can solve for them with minimal impact to your emotional health.

Work it out

Working out is one of the best ways to expel stress and get those feel good vibes back since exercise reduces stress hormones and boosts endorphins. Bonus if you head outdoors for your workout as being outside for as little as five minutes will give you some major stress-busting power. Check out one of Bootique Fitness’ many Women’s Bootcamp Style outdoor workouts around San Diego and melt that stress away.

Get more shut eye

Getting a good night’s sleep can help reduce the effects of stress, but with our busy lives, that may be easier said than done. Consistency is key, so go to bed around the same time every night, regardless if it’s a workday or not, and aim for at least seven hours of shut eye. Turn off all electronic devices about an hour before bed since the light from our screens can trigger our brains to be in “wake mode” making it harder to fall asleep.

Question: What are some simple things you do to relieve stress?