How to Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

This Week’s Challenge: Reduce stress.

At Female IQ, we often talk about healthy eating, but what about the things that eat at us? In a previous podcast, Laura and I joked about “setting the bar low.”

Learning how to not bite off more than you can chew is similar, but different in that it makes you assess the things in your life that are weighing you down. Here are 6 tips we think will help you reduce your stress and bite off just the right amount:

TIP 1: Say “No.” Many of us are afraid of saying the word, “No.” Fear not. This tiny but mighty word is Female IQ’s favorite time and stress savor. Even if you originally said, “Yes” — and then regret it — you can back peddle and say, “No.”

TIP 2: You answer to you. Many of us all feel pulled in multiple directions by trying to appease other people. Ultimately, you just need to feel obligated to doing right by you. That means positive self-talk, daily affirmations, practicing self-love and finding time each day to do something special for yourself.

TIP 3: Get moving. Even if it is just a 10-minute walk, daily exercise clears your mind, gets your heart pumping and helps you release feel-good hormones.

TIP 4: Block off your calendar. Pick and commit one day each week in which you sit down with your calendar and map out the week ahead. Be realistic about how much you can actually fit in the week and factor in travel time or how draining each task is on you. To learn more about blocking, check out Female IQ Podcast Episode 32.

TIP 5: Go device-less. Set aside a time each day that you will turn your phone off. This might be between 6-7 a.m. when you enjoy your morning coffee. This might be between 8-10 p.m. when you allow yourself to wind down. Whatever. Just do it.

TIP 6: Only 1 task at a time. Multi-tasking prevents us from being mindful. Just do one thing at a time and do not let yourself get distracted. For example, when you are working at your computer and get a notification of a new email do not instantly check it and then spend 20 minutes going down an email rabbit hole.

Sending U Good “Q”— Becca and Laura

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