Our daily lives too often include the feeling of overload.  We can feel overwhelmed with the demands of working, parenting, running errands, paying bills, cooking, cleaning, and getting together with family and friends in what little time we have left. If you’re like me, you try to fit all of these in and put yourself last on the list.

But battling stress doesn’t have to be a complicated task. To truly enjoy life, put in place some simple yet practical strategies that can help you to reduce your stress:

Plan ahead.  Start laying out your lists and prioritize.  Set aside specific days for running errands and visiting with family and friends.  Lists will help prevent last-minute scrambling.

Stick to a budget. It’s always best to have a financial plan, which can go a long way toward managing stress. A monthly budget should address all of your needs, including utilities, rent or mortgage payment, food and more. Keep your budget simple to track your spending for your needs.

Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed.  Friends and family will understand that you cannot commit to every function and activity all of the time.

Make time for your health. In the day-to-day rush, we tend to forget about our health.  Do not let your well being fall by the wayside.  Try to stay on your normal sleeping schedule, and exercise at least 30 minutes a day.  If you can’t fit the full 30-minute block in, break it up into 10-minute sessions.  Your body and mind will thank you for the needed break from the hustle and bustle of life.

Give yourself a break. When that stress starts to build up inside, it’s a good time to get away for a few minutes.  Find a quiet place to relax and perform some deep breathing.  I find this, along with some visualization of places that I enjoy, helps to relax and calm me.