It’s finally November. We can rejoice knowing that 2020 is finally coming to a close. This year, to say the least, has been a lot. Let’s take a pause and give ourselves a little bit of a break; we could all use it. We’ve put together this list of tips for reducing stress. Like your favorite sweater, we want this to give you the warm cozies.

  1. Use a meditation app. Ok, we know, everyone says this. But meditating can improve overall performance, help build better relationships and can help manage stress. Apps like Headspace and Calm have free trial periods. It’s 10 minutes. Give it a shot.
  2. Order food after a long day of work. Or a short day of work. Apps like UberEats and Caviar are great for when cooking just feels like too much.
  3. Make use of programs for your phone and your computer to automatically turn down the blue light as the sun goes down. Now that we have less daylight, it’s especially important to do this if you’re working at your computer early in the morning or later in the evening, when it’s dark outside.
  4. Take advantage of the tools you already have (perhaps Office365) to get organized. Set aside some time each week for organizing your files, your to-do list, or your calendar. Picking away a little bit at a time can help to prevent things from snowballing.
  5. Put up some boundaries around social media. It’s easy to get lost in it and spiral down countless rabbit holes. Better to shut it off for certain periods throughout the day. While you’re at it, don’t check work emails over the weekend. Just leave it, your peace of mind is worth more than reading about Carol from accounting’s new filing protocol. Everything can wait until Monday.
  6. Play some relaxing ambient music. The benefits here are two-fold: music can be stress relieving and block out other noises which can be a distraction. We recommend a YouTube video of a crackling fireplace. Try to be stressed while watching that. Just try. (It’s not possible.)
  7. Take breaks during your workday. It’s so easy to sit at your desk all day long in an effort to get things done. But taking short breaks is not only good for your mental health, but focusing your eyes on something other than your screen is really important for eye health and getting up and walking around is great for your physical health.

These are all just ideas for you to think about. We encourage you to do something, one thing, just one tiny thing, for yourself today to de-stress. Take a load off, put on a pair of comfy socks, drink some tea. Whatever de-stress means to you, set aside some time for that.