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4 Ways to Keep Your Stress in Check

Posted on November 30, 2020
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4 Ways to Keep Your Stress in Check

By Coach Fin

Chronic stress is never healthy. Throw in a global pandemic, working from home while kids school from home, social unrest, an election year, canceled vacations and events … the list goes on. And it’s taking a serious toll on physical and mental health.

Coping with stress is key to staying healthy and keeping your sunny disposition. Here are some ideas to try.

1. Get a daily dose of exercise

You’ve probably heard this one before. Daily exercise is great for your body, mind and mood. Exercise boosts your feel-good brain chemicals, relieves stress and improves heart health, circulation, blood sugar, blood pressure, immunity and more. The great news is you don’t have to go all out every time to feel the benefits. A 30-minute walk can work wonders but even a few 10-minute bursts of activity make a difference.

If rain, snow or dropping temperatures keep you inside, you can still get your daily dose of indoor exercise. No gym membership or pricey equipment needed.

2. Find calm in the chaos

It’s good to zen out. There are hundreds of apps to help you sleep, meditate, relax or recharge. Calm offers them all in one app, along with restful nature scenes and sounds, guided gentle stretches and mindfulness master classes.

Even more relaxing: Cinfed members save $40 off the annual Calm membership price. You can also take this quick, online course on mindful living at the Cinfed Financial Education Center.

If apps or courses aren’t for you, there are simple breathing techniques you can try on your own to soothe your body’s response to stress. Beyond stressed? These five breathing exercises help conquer anxiety.

3. Get organized

Being organized isn’t just trendy. It’s good for your health. Clutter can derail your focus and foster stress. The root of disorganization comes from having too much stuff. You don’t have to go completely minimalistic. But look around: how much do you use or wear on a regular basis?

  • The big pitch Set aside time to go through clothes, toys, decor, knickknacks, kitchenware, tools and cabinets. Room by room, sort items into four piles: keep, donate pitch or store. Then follow through.
  • The big questions When you’re tempted to buy new things, ask yourself:
    • Do you really need it?
    • What will you get rid of to make space for this?
  • The daily sweep — Clear your mind each day by setting aside a little time to clear your space. A couple of 15-minute cleaning spurts go a long way to keeping things tidy.
    • Clean off your desktop (virtual and physical).
    • Scan the clutter “hot spots” where mail, paperwork and other items tend to pile up.
    • Jot a to-do list and tackle the quickest chores first.
  • The sound financial habits — It’s easier to lower stress and get your finances organized when you have healthy financial habits.

    Learn more about the cost of clutter and how to stay on top of it.

4. Be grateful

Of course, this is the season to give thanks. Do you have a year-round gratitude practice? Grateful people tend to feel better physically and emotionally, sleep better, have higher self-esteem, have lasting friendships and more mental resilience.

How do you develop a gratitude habit? Some people keep a daily journal or toss notes into a jar. Here are 11 more creative ideas to get your grateful vibes flowing.

Cinfed is open and ready to help

If you’re stressed about financial issues, you can schedule an appointment at a local Cinfed branch; we’re open and ready to help. Of course, you can use our drive thrus, ATMs/ITMs, online banking, mobile app and mobile deposit from the safety of your home or car. Here’s what to expect if you visit in person.


Cinfed Credit Union
4801 Kennedy Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45209
(513) 333-3800
Routing #242076656


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