Stress may be affecting your health, even though you might not think there is a direct connection to your health challenges. Stress symptoms can affect your body, thoughts, feelings and behavior. You might feel like you're running on empty. We have some tips to help you fill up your tank and reduce stress. Stress is a known contributor to major illnesses from fibromayalgia to heart disease. Many people end up in the emergency room thinking they are having a heart attack and all it is, is stress.
Some stress is naturally and beneficial. Like you know when there is a lion chasing you and you need to run!! It can save your life. But when your body thinks it is running from a lion all day - everyday - this chronic not real stress damages the body.
Jobs, family and normal life can feel like your running from a lion every day, or that rat race that never stops. We can't always change our circumstances, but we can change the lion into a more friendly animal that you can walk with and walk away from on your terms without being dinner. Stress management is an important skill to learn and teach your children as well. Surprisingly, many kids these days are stressed.
In my life, I used to experience a huge amount of stress whenever I went outside. I was terrified of snakes. I got bit by one at 8 years old. Well in my life, instead of running from a lion - I was always running from snakes. This created huge amount of stress. You might night have a snake or a lion in your life, but if you are dealing with stress on a daily basis - you need to deal with your lion or snake. For me, I actually got help using the LifeLine technique and now I enjoy the outdoors so much more.
What is causing your stress? What can your change? This might be the circumstances or your approach to them.
We have 2 tools: The LifeLine and EVOX and both are great. Check out our services page if you want to learn more. But we also show you how to manage your stress. Check out our show and pick up some more tips. Here are the highlights and tips to help you learn to manage your stress.
- Laugh often. This really helps good chemicals in the brain and relieve stress. Turn on a funny movie, laugh with a friend, anything.
- Breath deeply. When you start to feel stress, take some deep breaths. And take deep breaths through out the day. This oxygenates the brain and gives you better coping skills.
- Speak slower and slow down. Sometimes you think your running from a lion, but if you slow down and observe, you find there really isn't anything there. Take a few minutes, you will often make better more efficient decisions.
- Go outside and take a breath of fresh air. Get some sun. Don't think about what has to be done, just give your mind a break and fresh air. It will work better for you.
- Earthing or grounding. This is a revolutionary techinque that we are re-discovering. In the old days - this was considered normal. Literally take your shoes off and walk barefoot in the grass, sand, dirt, whatever you have.
- Eat a healthy diet. This make a huge difference in your bodies ability to handle stress. So if you life is full of stressful challenges, don't skip eating a healthy balanced diet. Skip the junk and focus on the good stuff. Eating comfort foods often leads to more stress, that is unless your comfort food happens to be healthy.
- Check your posture. Straightening the spinal cord promotes relaxation and provides the brain with a good supply of oxygen and blood that is restricted when slumping.
- Drink plenty of water. When you are dehydrated, you put your body at greater risk for dehydration.
- Exercise stimulates hormones that keep the stress hormones in check. It also sharpens brain power and improves your energy level.
- Plan for some good rewards for yourself, especially at the end of a stressful day or project. It gives you something to look forward to and is a chance to unwind and release stress.
- Do acts of service. Small and simple things can mean a lot to others and takes your mind off your stress for a bit.
- Turn off your phone and unwind or work on a project without interruptions. In this day and age we are reachable literally 24 hours a day. This is an invasion of your quiet and down time. Learn to turn it off at times when appropriate.
- Make a decision. Often, worrying about a decision leads to stress. Even a "so-called" wrong decision is better than putting off a choice.
- Meditate. Take time to sit and ponder and meditate. Studies show that regular meditation improves both physical and emotional responses to stress. Just a few minutes each day makes a difference.
- Get a working and manageable to do list. If you have too many things to do, get help learning to priorities and cross things off your list that someone else can do or that you not realistically doing to do.
- Put away your super hero cape. You can't do it all.
- There is a saying that I love, "Let go and let God." There are times that you just have to trust in a higher power.
- Journal writing helps get problems and challenges out of your head and heart and onto paper where you can deal more logically with the issues. It is also a resting place on paper to deal with at a later more appropriate time. Manage your lion, they don't always need to be chasing you.
- Practice gratitude. A very simple route to maintain emotional and physical well-being.
Trust me when I say you can't always change your life circumstances, but you can change how you deal with stress. I am busier than ever and have a lot of lions I COULD be running from. In the old days, 1/4 of what I deal with now would have put me over the edge into a stressed responce. I know my health suffered. I have learned to tame my lions and work with them. I get a lot more done and I'm happier. I still have a to do list that is very large, but I focus on my priorities, do what I can, and let go of worrying about the rest. It always works out. Learning stress management skills made a huge difference in my life.
Don't try and do all 19 things everyday, focus on the basics: water, food, rest, and exercise. Do what you can with the rest. Keep your reservoir full and balanced and when you have a REAL emergency, you'll have the resources to respond.
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Kally and Mark
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