01/10/2013 12:00 am ET

Deepak Chopra's Top Tips To Reduce Stress

Think back to the last day you didn’t make a to-do list. Are you at a loss? If so, you are like most women: perpetually busy and often stressed.

“Stress is an issue for women; they are struggling with more than one career,” says Dr. Deepak Chopra, world-renown author, internal medicine specialist and teacher of meditation and wellbeing techniques. “Motherhood is a profession and many women are forced to have another career on top of it.”

But life doesn’t need to be stressful, he says. It is all in how you handle it. Chopra gives the example of ocean waves. “If you are a skilled surfer, every wave could be a joy. If you are not prepared, every wave could be a disaster,” he says.

Here are Chopra’s top three tips for handing the stresses (or waves) in your life.

1. Focus on one thing at a time

Our conscious brain isn’t able to multi-task, says Chopra. It is only our automatic nervous system that can do multiple things at once – equalize hormone levels, pump blood to the heart, stabilize blood pressure, etc.

“If, right now, you are talking to me and checking your iPhone at the same time, you are really doing neither,” he says.

Chopra divides his days into buckets: sleep time, exercise time, family time, work time, play time, meditation time and so on. From there, he dedicates himself to only one task at once. Feelings of stress surface when you think of everything you need to do – a way of living that disrupts your psychology. Instead, focus on one thing only. Then move on.

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