It can be simple to reduce your stress and enjoy day-to-day life.
From friends and family, to random strangers I meet in the park, dealing with the stress of everyday life can be enough to put people over the edge.
The reason that this is titled being "content" with everyday life versus happy with everyday life is just to make this article more realistic.
We all can't wakeup laughing and smiling to our favorite song, or can we? ;)
1. Start the morning with peaceful sounds or music.
Do not use an alarm tone. I wrote more about alternatives here.
I don't know who made it popular to use some annoying, loud and simply disturbing noise to wake up to.
Normal alarm tones wake you in a state of panic, which causes a surge of adrenaline into the body, in turn priming your body for stress and anxiety throughout the day.
2. Change your alarm tone to music and let it play.
Waking up and hearing something peaceful at least makes me smile for a second. Also, it prevents me from banging my alarm until it stops and covering my head back up under the covers like many people do.
Once you start your day on the right foot, everything will become a little bit more enjoyable.
3. Gather your food for the day while steeping some green tea with a little bit of Stevia.
Remember, you never want to use sugar alternatives such as Splenda, Agave Nectar or Sucralose.
Stevia is a safe alternative, it comes from a plant known as the "Sweet Leaf".
This routine will give you a small boost of energy and a meditative state to the beginning of your day.
Why does green tea relax you? It contains an amino acid called L-Theanine which causes relaxation without the overstimulation that coffee can cause.
After loading up my meat, almonds, berries, local beef jerky and any other snack I've deemed delicious and nutritious, I head out to tackle the world.
4. Drive defensively but passively to yield the least stress on your commute.
I worked and drove in Las Vegas for a few years and learned that many cities have absolutely insane paces of driving and levels of aggression on the road.
Getting irritated and irate before you even step into the workplace is just a disaster for stress, sugar cravings and an unproductive day.
It's up to you to safely ignore the weaving and speeding style that many do. It's dangerous and leads to fits of rage! Ok, sorry for being your dad.
5. Once at work, lay down a framework of priorities for the day and week.
This helps to regroup yourself along with the people that are on your team.
A simple to-do list on your phone or a sticky note are usually all that's necessary. After eating some form of fruit and protein for breakfast (preferably 30g of protein), start working.
6. While others take cigarette and soda breaks, take time to go outside for sun exposure, fresh air and the ability to take a look at the trees and sky.
You were not programmed to look at unnatural objects and operate in that environment throughout the day. This could explain part of the irritability people experience working indoors.
7. For the commute home, keep stress levels low by listening to my podcast or soothing music.
You will not get home much faster by speeding, running red lights, tailgating, weaving and any other dangerous driving habit you may have developed.
8. Walk with a significant other, workout, ride a bike, throw a ball or frisbee, cook together, and reconnect with your family.
You married your significant other, not your job.
9. If you're too fatigued to eat, at least make a smoothie.
I have an ultimate smoothie recipe, you can eliminate or change ingredients as needed. Great way to get some vitamins and protein before bed.
10. Take a warm bath an hour before bed and lay down to sleep within a couple hours after sunset.
If doing late night work on the computer, use a program called f.lux to turn off the blue colors that the screen emits.
If you insist on watching television or being around artificial light at night, wear these glasses.
Here are two hours worth of podcasts explaining the extremely detrimental results of being immersed in artificial blue light at night.
These colors have been linked to reducing melatonin production, therefore causing sleeping problems such as insomnia, obesity and depression.
After all, melatonin is a precursor to serotonin. You can't have one without the other :)
Bonus #11 Go to sleep, smile at what you are grateful to have and do it all over again.
Life goes on and the stress will melt away if you don't think about it all night.
I love hearing from you all.