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7 everyday habits that are unnecessarily stressing you out

Posted on : Tuesday 11th of October 2016

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That handling stress is in our own head, is no secret. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that most of the problems and stressors we face living the urban life we do, are easily solvable by our very own mighty brain.

While we do everything to undo the stress that's reducing our quality of life--let our hair down from time to time, play with our pets, take a vacation--there are things we don't realise we're doing that add misery to our already hectic life. 

1. Keeping your to-do list in your head

It's sort of impossible to not have a list of agendas for the day, every day. While we wake up each morning and make a mental note of the things we want to do, we're unknowingly putting the brain in alert mode. A better way to do this is to jot the list down--not only will this help relieve your mind of some unnecessary tension, it would also make it easier for you to remember those things.

2. Looking at your phone even when not required

First, you spend your whole day in front of a screen. Then you go home and attend to important mails or watch some TV to unwind. That's more-than enough screen-time for the day. Don't try to indulge in unnecessary chats on your phone or feel the need to check your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram account. The more the screen-time, the more your brain will constantly remain at work. 

3. Having breakfast 'on the go'

Sure, you don't have the time for a sit-down meal. Who does, with so much to do in the morning before leaving the house? The key is to make time. Wake up 15 minutes earlier, but have the time to eat your first meal of the day in peace. Not only will this begin your day well, it will also give you time to put your thoughts for the day in order.

4. Going to bed at a different time every night

If you're sleeping at different times every night, you're only confusing your brain about when it's supposed to relax and when not. This obviously adds to unnecessary stress during the day. Not only is sleeping for 6 to 8 hours essential, it is also essential to sleep around the same time every night.

5. Not exercising/exercising irregularly

The more physically tired you are, the better you sleep, which is one of the many reasons exercise is essential. What most people don't know is that exercising irregularly is causing your mental health a lot of harm. Exercising releases endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. Now, when you give your brain these endorphins on some days and don't on others, the body will remain iffy about its default state.

6. Wrong kind of music in the morning

We all know the impact music has on our minds. The key here is to listen to the kind of uplifting music that'll put you in a happy place. If you haven't already come across it, you MUST read this: These are the best songs to wake up to, according to science

7. Procrastination

Putting things off for later only leads to a state of panic when that thing comes back to stare you in the face. So, do your mind a favour and stop sitting on things. Just get up, get it done and get it over with.

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