You deserve a balanced, less stressed life

 

Stress. It’s part and parcel of today’s hectic, fast-paced life.

Stress leads to irritability, headaches, and a whole list of potential health problems.

It seems that rather than motivating us to conquer our problems and move on, severe stress reduces our competence, making us less able to cope.

Sure, you may come across people tell you, “don’t stress,” but how often has that magnified your stress?

I know it does for me.

Several ideas that have helped me relieve the stress, no matter the situation:
  1. Identify the Cause of Your Stress
At its core, stress is a threat to your survival. Today, these threats occur in four particular aspects of life. Figuring out which stressor is your trigger can help you create an effective response rather than just trudging through it all.
  • Safety threats – as humans, we have a basic desire for safety. If you don’t feel safe in any aspect, your body perceives it as a threat to survival, triggering stress.
  • Work pressure – are you overloaded? Does your boss demand too much? Can’t stand your coworkers?
  • Health stress – are you suffering from a chronic illness? Does someone depend on you for optimal health?
  • Financial stress – do you worry about having enough money for the future? Is your source of income stable? Do you live beyond your means?
The most important step to busting stress is figuring out what causes it. Then, you can forge ahead and deal with it head-on.
  1. Sleep/Rest
It’s important to get plenty of rest. If you struggle to fall asleep, I make sure you do a brain dump before going to bed. Switch off electronics; write down a to-do list for the next day, pretty much empty my head before bed. Then, start to unwind. Have a relaxing soak in the bath, read a few chapters of a book, listen to music, or write in my journal.
  1. Get Active
Stress in any form increases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.

You’ve heard of “fight or flight,” haven’t you? These are the hormones that are hard-wired into your brain and designed to protect you from bodily harm when you’re under threat.

Yet, stress in today’s world is hardly fixed by a fight or flight response. Fortunately, you can use physical activities to metabolize excess stress hormones and restore body, mind, and soul to a clearer, calmer, and more relaxed state of mind.

When you feel worked up, go for a walk, a run, or hit the gym. Try to fit some physical activity into each day to improve the quality of your sleep, too.
  1. Make Healthy Food Choices
There’s a direct connection between diet and stress levels.

When you’re stressed, how often do you find yourself reaching for junk?

Stress eating is really common.

When your stress levels are high, try to stay away from fatty and sugary snacks and rather reach for nourishing fruits and vegetables, along with foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like fish, to reduce your stress hormones.
  1. Hone Your Time Management Skills
I know just how overwhelming to-do lists are. The best tip I have is to accept that you can’t do everything all at once.

I do this: make a list of everything I need to do and then prioritize. Figure out which tasks I can do myself and which ones I can delegate, be it chores, errands, or work-related tasks.

Then, note which tasks are urgent and which ones can wait another week, another month, or can be put aside for when I have spare time.

You can easily break down an unmanageable task list into smaller tasks spread out over time. I do remember that life happens, and buffer times to deal with an emergency or unexpected tasks.

I schedule in relaxation and exercise time to make sure you are doing everything you can to combat stress.

Turn Stress into Success

Change stress from being an unconscious behavior to a conscious response.

 

“It’s time we learned the truth about stress. It’s time we identified the thoughts that actually create our stress and learned to dismantle them one by one.”

-Andrew J. Bernstein

 

 

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