The listed health benefits of positivity include lower rates of stress and depression, greater resistance to common illnesses or more serious chronic disease, improved coping skills during times of hardship and greater psychological and physical wellbeing.
Here are our top tips to de-clutter and de-stress:
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
- These days it seems that we would need to morph into some type of superhero to fulfil the mountain of expectations we often put on ourselves. Instead of trading your own well-being for a cape and a cool mask, use these super powers of deflection below to blast your way through:
- Give up on perfectionism – there are no Olympic medals for being the best at everything
- Avoid negativity – Spend more time with those who support and encourage you or have similar positive interests
- Be grateful – look for the positives in every situation.
Schedule your priorities
- Hands up who loves a to-do list? Now keep that hand up if you actually get through that list on a regular basis? With so many competing expectations now filling our day, a to-do list can sometimes become a badge of honour in a tactical battlefield. If you find yourself constantly help captive by that never ending list, try some alternate scheduling techniques to assist in prioritising what’s really important.
- Start with the non-negotiables or absolutely must do’s (hint: this should not be all work and no play. Time aside to do the things most important to you should retain top priority) and schedule them in to your week.
- Follow with the ‘important but not urgent’, or ‘urgent but not important’ items. Slot them in around your first priorities with plenty of ‘buffer zones’ for those unexpected time suckers like traffic or transport delays.
- Reconsider the remaining ‘not important, not urgent’ items on your list. With your priorities looked after, how necessary are these after all?
Time to switch off
- A ‘’Digital Detox’’ is becoming an increasingly common way to re-engage and focus on more social interaction, or self awareness as a means to reduce stress. It refers to a period of time where all technology is avoided and can have positive outcomes when done regularly, even over a short timeframe.
- We all know that sleep is important and that we should probably get more than we do. In many cases though, it’s the quality rather than quantity that is most important. Invest time into a pre-sleep routine with less digital distraction. Studies have shown that removing all technology from your place of sleep can have huge positive effects, remember what alarm clocks looked like before they were contained on phones?
- Try swapping sugary or high carb snacks with a quality, low carbohydrate option
- Drink water or non-caffeinated herbal tea
- Read a book or listen to some quiet, relaxed music in place of anything beginning with an ‘i’ before your head hits the pillow