Reduce Stress With These 6 Daily Habits

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While the end of the year is certainly time for celebrations galore, it also elicits mega-anxiety thanks to a deluge of deadlines, commitments and the like. Thus, it’s the perfect opportunity to adopt a couple of daily habits that’ll minimize potential headaches so you can enjoy the holidays to the fullest. Here, co-founder of the OMG. I Can Meditate! app Lynne Goldberg shares her quick tips for sailing through the season with less stress.

"Start your day off by meditating, which will clear your mind and mentally prepare you for what's ahead. In addition to reducing stress levels, beginning your day with a meditation session is proven to boost energy levels and help you think more positively. If you're new to meditating, there are several guided apps like ours, OMG. I Can Mediate!, that make meditation easy, accessible and enjoyable. We even have a built-in wake-up function, which transitions your alarm into a relaxing meditation session to help you set a peaceful tone right off the bat."

"Keep your day's intention fresh in your mind. This allows you to remember your deeper aspirations so you can keep yourself on track to achieve your goals. This deliberateness will help you steer your life and get you where you want to go, ignoring (or not focusing as much on) the little bumps and hiccups you experience on the way."

"Find a time to check in with yourself. Are your mind and body in alignment? Are you focusing on what you need to do to complete your day's intention? Or are you being sidetracked by various obstacles and distractions? Take a step back and remember your strengths and what you need to do in order to accomplish the day’s intention. I recommend finding a predetermined time to do this, such as when you first sit down at your desk, during your lunch break, before a client call, etc."

"If you're feeling overwhelmed or even unproductive, go outside for a walk and get some fresh air. Breaks improve your mental health and stress levels, and when you get back to your desk you'll be refreshed, energized and ready to tackle what's ahead."

"Get a good night's sleep. In order to get the 7 to 9 hours recommend for adults, choose a bedtime and stick with it. This will motivate you to finish your nightly tasks and will help you form a routine. If you have trouble sleeping, daily meditation can also help (our app has a sleep series dedicated to just this)."

"It's so important to unwind. Turn off electronics 30 minutes before your designated bedtime, recap the day and write down all the thoughts running through your mind. The idea is to simply review the day almost as if you were watching a movie. Don't get caught up in a negative story line, simply watch and see if your life and your intentions were in sync. Avoid self-judgment and stay out of a negative mind-set. By doing this, you're metaphorically releasing the day and remembering that tomorrow, you'll try again."