Stress is part of our daily lives, but it’s important to identify stressful situations, manage stress levels and just breathe. Here’s how.

We have a million things that occupy our minds each day – the kids, their school activities, their wellbeing, work and that ever-growing to-do list, your wellbeing, money (or the lack thereof), relationships, pandemics, health concerns… It’s enough to drive you towards an existential crisis. Stop for a minute, take a breath and rest assured that there are ways to lighten the load.

1. Eat a healthy, balanced diet

It starts with nutrition. Give your body the right food to boost your immune system so that you can function optimally and handle stressful situations. A balanced diet includes whole foods like fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats. Try to limit your intake of takeaways, sweets, or sugary drinks.

2. Move as much as you can

Moving, in any way you choose to, helps your mental and physical wellbeing. Try getting at least 150 minutes of moderate activity, spread out over the week. Also, try to increase your non-exercise activity thermogenesis or NEAT. This may seem very technical, but it actually just means the calories you burn by doing what you do every day like getting up and taking a walk, playing with the kids, or cleaning the house.

3. Disconnect from the office

With working from home, it is easy to fall into the trap of always being on. This is exacerbated by technology – you’re always available. Set boundaries and make a clear distinction between office time and time at home. Try not to bring your day-to-day work stress to family time.

4. Get enough sleep

Sleep is the building block of a healthy life and between 7 and 9 hours of quality sleep a night is optimal for your wellbeing. You’ll feel refreshed and be better able to handle any situation.

5. Measure your stress levels with the Multiply app

You can now measure your stress levels with the Momentum Multiply app. All it takes is a finger scan and you’ll receive a Stress Score showing you how stressed you are. We’ll also give you tips on how to manage your stress.

Life is stressful and there are a lot of things outside our control. Stop and take stock of what you can control and focus on those areas. Looking at the entire situation can be overwhelming. Break it down into practical steps or parts and do what you can, ticking things off as you go along.