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3 Ways To Stress Less

Like most of you, I lead a pretty busy life. Between my deadline driven job as a journalist, my my side hustle as a fitness instructor, my responsibility to my family, my community involvement--not to mention trying to find the time for my friends and a social life, it can get pretty hectic. When I get overwhelmed, I have a tendency to shut down--it's like my brain just has too many tabs open and I don't know where to start. When that happens, I know it's time to take a break--even for just a few minutes. For me, that usually involves getting outside or taking a long bubble bath--but there are plenty of other ways to relieve stress and anxiety.

I asked friend and Certified Health Coach Shannon Hernandez to share her spin on how to manage stress throughout the day. Here's are her top three tips:

Just breathe. Take a long, slow, deep breath to fill your lungs with as much air as you can. Hold it in for a few seconds before slowly breathing out. Repeat this for a minute or two. It's amazing what a calming breath can do!

Take a walk. By this I mean, take a moment to escape from the environment that is causing you stress. Physically removing yourself from your stressor - even if it's your phone - for a few minutes can work wonders.

Sweat it out. When all else fails, get those endorphins going with a good workout - there is meditation in movement! Plus, it's tough to be thinking about what's stressing you when you are focusing on hitting that next mile, or next rep. You'll find that after a good sweat session you'll have a clearer head.

What are your no-fail tips to stress less? Share in the comments below.

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