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The New Year is the perfect time to hit that reset button, and review what changes you want to make either personally or professionally. One thing I want to do this year is to create more of a routine for myself. With a better routine, I think things will naturally be less stressful. So today, I’m sharing 4 easy ways to feel less stressed and create a better balanced life.
4 Easy Ways to Feel Less Stressed
Save Time Where You Can
An easy and efficient way to feel less stressed is to automate certain tasks within your household. One way I do that is by shopping for household items through our Walmart+ membership. I have our groceries and other household necessities sent to our doorstep for free ($35 order min. Restrictions apply.), so I save about 1.5 hours weekly (based on 2 store trips per week, excluding time spent shopping online). Think of all the other things you can check off your list with all that time saved!
With Walmart+, you get free shipping from Walmart.com with no order minimum. So you can get items shipped as often as you need, for free – excludes most Marketplace items, location & freight surcharges. Plus you get free delivery from your store on orders $35+ (restrictions apply, availability dependent on location). Everything is the same everyday low prices you love with 100% freshness guaranteed. Members also get member prices on fuel.
Organize for the Week Ahead
As I mentioned earlier, one of my goals for this New Year is to create more of a routine for myself. An easy way to make that easier for me is to organize for the week ahead on Sundays. This looks different for everyone, depending on what you do for a living. But in general, here are a few things you can do to set your week up for success.
Take the guesswork out of what you’re eating for dinner each night by meal prepping. If you’re getting off work at 5, the last thing you want to do is have to cook a dinner from to start to finish. It’s so much easier to have a menu planned out for each weeknight. If there’s a way to prep a little bit for each of those meals, then you can do that on Sundays. For example, if you’re having stir fry one night, you can chop the vegetables and cook the meat you’re using in the dish, on Sunday. That way, all you have left to do is throw the vegetables and meat into the skillet to finish cooking.
You can also prep your lunches, using glass containers. That way, all you have to do is heat it up each day. Or maybe you’d rather do something easier like buying premade salads from Walmart. Whatever you prefer, just have a plan of what you’ll be eating, so you just grab it and go. This can include your kiddos’ lunches too!
Pick Out Your Outfits for the Week
Another goal of mine this year is to get ready five days a week. A great way to continue that goal throughout the year is to set out my outfits for each day. Look at the weather for each weekday to come on Sunday, then plan accordingly. Then each morning all I have to do is grab the outfit. Create a special space in your closet for your weekly outfits to go or even purchase a freestanding clothing rack and put it in your room with the outfits hanging up. This takes the guesswork out, and you’re not standing in my closet five minutes each day, deciding what to wear.
Create a To-Do List for Each Day
I love using a planner for my to-do list both for work and my personal life. On Sundays, write down your to-do list for each day throughout the week, including personal events, household tasks, and work tasks. That way, you have a big picture about what each day will look like, and you can manage your time accordingly.
Unplug to Read
Instead of mindlessly scrolling social media, unplug to read. Another goal of mine is to read more this year. Whether it’s fictional or a personal development book, reading more is an easy way to relax and unwind. Carving out 20 to 30 minutes to read each day is a great way to help you feel more relaxed. A lot of the time I end up getting lost in a book and staying off my phone longer than I planned, a win-win!
Move Your Body
Moving your body doesn’t mean it has to be a high-intensity sweat sesh, though those are good for stress too! You can also meditate using a guided meditation app or stretch while listening to soothing music. Walking outside is another fantastic way to feel less stressed. The fresh air and sounds of nature, coupled with the movement is a trifecta you can’t replicate with anything else. Schedule and prioritize your time to move your body in your calendar, so it’s easy to check off your list.
These small changes all add up to deliver better work-life balance and more stress-free days. If you want to take back 1.5 hours each week and try out the Walmart+ membership, click here. Then, you can enter your information to discover the benefits available in your location. You can try it free for 15 days, then pay monthly or annually depending on what works best for you!
What’s something that helps you feel less stressed? Let me know in the comments below!