“Ladies who work A LOT, what do you during work and after work to control your stress levels?
And how do you manage your free time so that it’s productive instead of lying around all day because you’re so tired from work?”
Here are 50+ best responses on how to manage stress when balancing work and life.
1) Boundaries are always a good thing
Creating boundaries in your personal and work life will ensure you don’t overwhelm or overload yourself.
2) Be smart about your smartphone
It’s crucial to set aside “me-time” for all around well-being.
3) Lists are our friend
To-do lists organized by priority-level can be helpful in removing tasks and responsibilities from your plate. Giving you a visual of your progress as you cross off each item on the list.
4) You’ll feel so good afterward
Exercise has been proven to relieve stress by releasing ‘feel-good’ hormones into our systems.
5) Take advantage of the down time
Listen to your body. If it’s telling you to just relax, sleep, or curl up and watch TV for the afternoon – do it. There’s nothing wrong with resting.
6) Hire some help
If you have the extra income, there’s nothing wrong with hiring someone to help with things around the house or yard. Leaving you with more free time.
7) Try alternative solutions
Before you experiment with any alternative medicinal drugs, be sure to do your research.
8) Be purposeful about setting aside time
Setting aside one or two full days a week to let you do whatever you’d like will give you something to look forward to and make you more productive on the working days.
9) There is always a light at the end of the tunnel
Setting a time boundary like this will help you be able to cope with the stresses of the day, knowing that it does end at some point.
10) More helpful exercise tips
Setting a routine is helpful when managing stress. By having an order to things, it will help keep your brain from feeling too overwhelmed and will help you better manage when hiccups arise throughout the day.
11) Think ahead when it comes to meals for the day or week
12) It’s a win-win!
Having an orgasm can greatly reduce stress both mentally and physically. And your partner will be happy too! Or…just by yourself is fine too.
13) Take whatever you can get
If this addictive phone game is what you’re into, then you might already be taking advantage of this tip.
14) Evening routines
Sounds like the perfect afternoon to us! Everyone in the household is happy with a daily routine like this.
15) Be present
Meditation can be very helpful in managing stress. There are lots of apps and YouTube videos to help guide you.
16) Take mini-breaks and prioritize work
Don’t burn yourself out throughout the day. Take small breaks and make sure to prioritize your work according to importance.
17) Sleep is crucial to our health
Ideally, 7-8 hours of sleep is what you should aim for each night. And try your best to keep the same sleep schedule throughout the entire weekend – even on your days off.
18) Don’t slave the day away
Invite your co-workers out to lunch with you. It’s a nice change to get out of the office as well as socialize with your colleagues.
19) Pamper yourself
Self-care includes the physical aspect as well. When you are able to pamper yourself on the outside, it does wonders for the inside.
20) Pick up a new hobby that you love
Using your brain for something other than work and for something enjoyable can be great for your happiness and well-being. What better way to use your free time?
21) Wine to the rescue
Giving yourself a small ‘reward’ like a glass of wine is perfectly fine. Just don’t overdo it.
22) And if you don’t drink…
Try a painting class or a yoga class – something that is calming and soothing.
23) Share the duties
If you have a significant other or someone else in the household who can help out with things – ask! Even removing the littlest task can help greatly with your stress levels.
24) Bubble baths are always good
Bubble baths are a great way to unwind after a stressful day or week – even if only for just a few minutes.
25) Keep work at work
Try to “log-off” from work as soon as your workday is over. It will be there tomorrow for you to jump back into.
26) Just try your best
It’s important to not put too much pressure on yourself. As long as you know you’ve tried your best throughout the day – you can’t go wrong.
27) Make health a priority
Here’s another suggestion of ways this person likes to stay healthy. Everyone is different, so find a healthy routine that works for you.
28) Organization is key
When you’re organized and on top of things, it will prevent tasks and responsibilities from piling up, adding to your stress.
29) Massage the stress away
“I usually get a massage 1-2x per month and waxing, too, to keep me sane,” posted sugarooni.
Splurge on a massage once in a while to help melt away tension. There are more and more businesses popping up that offer monthly memberships with unlimited massages.
30) Organized on the outside means organized on the inside
For many people, cleaning and organizing their living spaces helps them also feel organized in their minds. By decluttering the space around you, you’ll feel less cluttered in your brain.
31) Play bar sports
Get out of the house, grab some friends, and shoot some pool or play darts at your local watering hole. It will help you forget about any work troubles for a couple of hours.
32) Practice your green thumb
Gardening has been shown to be very relaxing for some people. It allows you to focus your concentration on nature instead of man-made stresses.
33) Keep a pen handy
When you’re prepared, you’re never caught off guard.
34) Practice deep breathing exercises
Deep breathing exercises can do wonders for both your mental and physical well-being. The best part? The results are instant and it’s free!
35) Remove unnecessary stresses
It’s okay to say ‘no’ to that party or social event if you don’t want to go or it stresses you out.
36) Control what you can
If you know that the ‘basics’ of your health and your home are in order, no matter what is thrown at you, you’ll be able to better handle it.
37) Set a happy-making routine
As we’ve said earlier, everyone’s routine and what makes them happy will be different. Try different things until you find the perfect one for you.
38) Find a good podcast
There are thousands of wonderful podcasts out there and many of them are dedicated to productivity, organization, and happiness. Listen to a few different ones to find your favorite.
39) Stay well-rounded
Hobbies are a great way to ward off stress and focus on something really enjoy doing.
40) Work doesn’t have to be miserable
Just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you have to keep your nose down and grind away. Take a couple of minutes every so often to say ‘hi’ to a co-worker or grab a cup of coffee.