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Stress Busters and Stress Management

Get Real! with Mark and Kally BlogTalk Radio Program on Your True Colours Radio Network -  Stress Busters.  Catch our radio broadcast here.  Keep reading for a handy list on stress management.

Stressed Casual Woman by artur84 at FreeDigitalPhotos.netStress 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.Businesswoman Workload by iosphere at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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.

  1. Laugh often.  This really helps good chemicals in the brain and relieve stress.  Turn on a funny movie, laugh with a friend, anything.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.Healthy Drinks You Can Make at Home
  8. Drink plenty of water.  When you are dehydrated, you put your body at greater risk for dehydration.
  9. Exercise stimulates hormones that keep the stress hormones in check.  It also sharpens brain power and improves your energy level.
  10. 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.
  11. Do acts of service.  Small and simple things can mean a lot to others and takes your mind off your stress for a bit.
  12. 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.
  13. Make a decision.  Often, worrying about a decision leads to stress.  Even a "so-called" wrong decision is better than putting off a choice.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Put away your super hero cape.  You can't do it all.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Practice gratitude.  A very simple route to maintain emotional and physical well-being.

11 Nov 2012 658Trust 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.

Catch Stress Busters and Stress Management on BlogTalk Radio.

Kally and Mark compressedKally and Mark

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Stress Less This Season and Enjoy Some Delicious Herbal Tea

I've got two great radio programs to share with you and they are actually related, for me anyway.  When I sit and enjoy a delicious cup of herbal tea, I relax and unwind a bit and the stress melts away or at least I don't think about the things causing stress for a few minutes while I enjoy my tea.

Female Wearing Christmas Hat by imagerymajestic at Freedigitalphotos.netThe first show broadcast on October 22, 2014 - "Stress Less During the Holidays".

For many the holidays mean sickness, stress, depression and lots of busyness.  We've got 10 tips to help you stress less, so take a listen.

Fall kicks off the holiday season helping us transition to the busyness that can dominate this time of the year.  Fall is a time to let go and clear out the clutter and negativity.

If you find yourself dreading the whirlwind of the last quarter, then tune in with us and learn how you can make the most of fall and the holiday season.

One of my keys is from KISS - Keep IT Simple and Special for the holiday and all year really.  You don't have to be brilliant, super crafty, witty, or any other trait you see shared all over the media and internet.  You just need to be you, and you are special just as you are.  Share the good times and moments with those you care about.

If you want to read more about managing stress during the holidays, check out my article on Your True Colours Magazine, page 37.

Chinese Style Herbal Floral Tea by KEKO64The second show aired on November 5, 2014 - "All About Herbal Tea or Rather Herbal Infusions"

Personally, I love sipping on herbal infusion, especially as the weather cools down.  In fact as I'm updating the blog - I'm drink a nice warm cup write now.

Many people think they don’t like herbal tea/infusions, but they have probably not enjoyed a good cup.  Tune in and learn all about the traditions of tea, types of tea and how to get a good cup.  There is nothing I love more than visiting a friend in the afternoon and enjoying good conversation, relaxation and a delicious cup of herbal tea.

Find out which tea has more antioxidants than green tea, making it the super star of tea without caffeine..... I'll give you  a hint, it comes from South America.

And, by the way, herbal tea is really an herbal infusion.  Green tea is really green tea infusion.  Join us and find out why.

Kally and MarkMark and Kally on the Get Real! with Mark and Kally show on Your True Colours Image Radio.

 

Photos by imagerymajestic and KEKO64 at Freedigitalphotos.net