It’s a busy, busy world we live in. Struggles and challenges are on every corner, and we often empower them with our lifestyles. We are used to living with stress, but settling for such a life is not a solution, at least not in the long term.

Is it possible to live a stress-free life? We say yes! It is not easy, but there are ways.

Let’s take a look.

Ditch Multitasking

The contemporary world made multitasking a trend most of us try to follow, both in the professional and private sphere, assuming doing multiple tasks at once makes us more productive.

The truth is the opposite. When you do many things simultaneously, you risk being stressed and worried about whether you’ll complete everything on time. As a result, your energy and focus are divided, leading to mediocre results. 

Focus on one task at a time. Proper time management is the key in these situations. Of course, it all depends on your job and whether you work onsite or remotely, and the number of projects you are engaged in. Still, aim to single-task, regardless. 

Also, stay away from distractions. For instance, once you start working, turn off notifications. Keep the phone away and dive into the task instead of constantly checking your favourite apps. 

Remove Unnecessary Items: Declutter  

Too many items in your living or working space can occupy your mind unnecessarily and make you feel anxious. Clear the schedule and make some time to clean the area you spend the most time in.

For instance, remove all the items that distract you while working, and convert your work desk into a productive yet relaxing oasis. In addition, decluttering itself is a satisfying activity motivating you to dig into your work-related assignments. 

Consider decluttering your living space, as well. For instance, eliminating unnecessary items from the bedroom helps you improve sleep quality. 

Have a Hobby

One of the best ways to add to your life’s quality is by looking for and engaging in activities that make you happy and relaxed. The options are limitless. You can sign in for art or dance classes or dedicate yourself to gardening.

Taking care of plants is highly beneficial to your physical and mental health. However, if you think gardening is too big of a bit for you, try tending to a zen garden or purchase a bonsai tree. 

Aside from adding to your space’s aesthetics, bonsai trees are fun and relatively easy to maintain. In addition, a bonsai tree is ideal for tight areas because it doesn’t occupy too much space.

Finally, binge-watching a new show or organizing movie nights with your loved ones is also an effective stress-reliever, and it helps you spend quality time with your favourite people. 

For those who love books, consider looking for book lovers from your surroundings. You can have your private, once a month, book club. 

Exercise More 

Physical activity can also fall under hobbies, but it’s such an essential habit all of us should consider incorporating; it deserves a separate section. 

Above mentioned dance classes, aside from allowing you to acquire a new skill and boost your mood, can positively affect your physical health and improve your body shape. 

A couple of times per week in the gym are also an option worth considering. Yoga, pilates, or aerobics are still widespread—long walks or running for more outdoorsy types. 

Of course, you mustn’t feel pressured to do something you don’t like. But, remember, balanced nutrition and physical activity are, scientists say, a prerequisite for longevity. 

Stop Overanalyzing Things That Have Not Happened Yet

It is human nature to worry over things that are yet to happen. Although planning is a positive thing, overthinking and occupying your mind with everything wrong will do you more harm than good. 

People obsessed with negative thoughts often say they prepare themselves for every situation and are rational. 

However, we can’t predict the future (although some people claim they can), and constantly looking forward will bring us nowhere. 

Life is unpredictable, but no one can make us happy unless we do it ourselves. Stop overanalyzing is easier said than done, but it is manageable and will bring you peace.

Practice Gratitude 

Modern psychology and various life couches advise us to list what we are grateful for in our life. It is a practice worth considering because we often take people and things for granted. 

Having healthy relationships (family, friends, partners), financial security, a job, a roof over your head, food on the table—these are all things to be grateful for. 

Don’t compare yourself with others. Your life is your greatest treasure, and the grass may seem greener in the neighbour’s backyard, but you don’t know their story, regardless of how well you think you know them. 

We all face different challenges and struggles, but life is full of beauty, and a path to a stress-free life begins with acknowledging and being grateful for things you have or can change for the better. 

Don’t pressure yourself to do things that don’t suit your personality and preferences, but even a tiny change and every new good habit will lead you to a life with less stress. And remember, every effort counts. Start today.