1. Have Fun
This is the easiest and most basic way to reduce your stress level. It sounds simple, but many people don’t practice it enough. It’s far too common for adults to forget to spend time having fun. Family and career considerations — and the ever-present email waiting for replies — can suck the fun out of life. It’s your job to schedule fun time the same way you schedule meetings. Spend some time with loved ones. Take up a hobby or sport. Go roll around in the grass with your kids or your dog. Enjoy yourself. It’s a key part of life
2. Synchronize Your Heart and Brain with Heart Math
Technology can help you manage stress too. You’ve got options, and while there are sexier, more expensive ways to hack your stress, nothing comes close to Heart Math technology for reliably training your heart and brain to work together. A healthy, relaxed person has high heart rate variability (HRV), which means that the amount of time between each heartbeat is different with each beat. Low heart rate variability is a sign of intense stress. When your sympathetic nervous system is under stress, your body will release stress hormones, and your heart develops an inflexible unchanging beat. This state is correlated with a host of diseases and even overall mortality from all causes.
The emWave2 is a device smaller than an iPhone. It uses infrared sensors to calculate your HRV and then teaches you to control and consciously change it. Spending at least 10 minutes every day working with your heart rate variability is transformative. Doing it before bed can fix sleep problems, and it can help with emotional eating, daily stress, and even physical performance. This stuff belongs in every school.