Stress can sometimes be a good thing. Think about that excited feeling you get when you're going for a big promotion at work -- that's stress at play. But then there's the anxiety-inducing version, that can impact your well-being in the long term. Thankfully, there are ways to help alleviate that feeling through how you invest your time, energy and money. Here are ways to reduce stress in your life, presented in sponsorship with CIBC Insurance.
Turn off your technology
Although our smartphones and tablets serve up many apps that streamline our lives, today's technology also means we're reachable 24/7. The National Sleep Foundation recommends turning off devices an hour before bedtime, and it's a good idea to practice not picking up your phone at every chime. Doing so can help calm your mind and help prevent spikes in cortisol levels.
Balance your schedule
Take a step back and evaluate the tasks and commitments that are filling your time and consider cutting out some things that don't fulfill you. It'll take some juggling but if you work at balancing it, you can eventually feel less overwhelmed and more satisfied with life.
Have a good laugh
Laughter does the body good: a good hearty chuckle can help stimulate circulation and help muscles relax, the Mayo Clinic notes. You breathe in more oxygen when you laugh and it can trigger an endorphin release. Laughter can also help lessen feelings of anxiety. So put on your favourite comedy show and unwind.
Follow a healthy diet
Although stress can bring on cravings for junk food, following a wholesome, well-balanced diet can help keep your body running more efficiently. Look to veggies and fruit, lean proteins and whole grains to keep you chugging along efficiently and to help stay more even-keeled mood-wise.
Positive thoughts help breed positive outcomes. Even if those positive thoughts aren't necessarily genuine, fake it till you make it. When a negative worrisome thought enters your mind, dismiss it and replace it with something positive. Soon, you might find yourself believing it too.
It's as easy as a bit of paperwork
The solution to your anxiety can be as easy as filling out a life insurance application. Like many, you may worry about how your loved ones will cope after you pass away, but you can rest easier knowing that you can help your loved ones by buying a life insurance policy. CIBC Term Life Insurance* offers an easy, simplified online application that allows you to choose a coverage amount that you can afford.
Practicing these tactics regularly can help you better manage your stress levels on a day-to-day basis. Smart investments such as in CIBC Term Life Insurance can help bring you a level of comfort in knowing your loved ones are getting help to be prepared financially should the unexpected happen to you. Even better, applying is practically effortless. You can do so easily on your phone, tablet or desktop.
*You should always discuss your specific needs with a licensed insurance advisor.
**CIBC Term Life Insurance is underwritten by CIBC Life Insurance Company Limited.