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15 Jun 2016

HOW TO OVERCOME STRESS IN 7 SIMPLE STEPS

Stress is a normal part of life, and is something everyone goes through. It can be hard to find the balance, between stressors, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Excess stress can have detrimental health effects for the body, and can even damage outside relationships. Learning to cope with stress sometimes can be the only life saver we may need, and can help promote overall health and wellness to the mind, and the body.

  1. Exercise

Movement is good for the body in so many ways, including helping to reduce stress. If you are feeling particularly stressed, take a break from that activity or event, and go outside! Maybe take a walk, do some yoga, or lift some weights. Anything form of movement that feels good. Exercise helps produce endorphins in the body, and can help reduce cortisol levels, which become elevated during times of stress.

  1. Stay Organised

Everyone loves a good calendar! If you don’t have a personal calendar or planner of some type, it is time to go invest in one! Find a fun pattern or colour, and something you will enjoy writing down upcoming events and deadlines in. Writing things down, will also help reenforce your memory, and keep your life organised. Staying organised can help give the mind some peace without having to remember everything coming up in the next month.

  1. Schedule Fun Time

With organisation being said, don’t forget to schedule some “me” time. Make time in your day for something you enjoy. Whether it is a quick 30 minute yoga session, or a 10 minute power nap. When we get so busy, we often forget to take care of ourselves. Find time to do something you enjoy each day. This time is vital in reducing stress, and helping the mind and body feel rejuvenated for the next upcoming task.

  1. Prepare for the next day, the day before

There is nothing worse than a stressful morning trying to get the kids ready, beat traffic, and still make it to work on time. Schedule 30 minutes before going to bed, to prepare for the next morning. Prepare all the meals or snacks needed to get you through the day, get your purse and daily belongs together, and maybe even pick out your clothes. Preparing the night before, helps eliminated stress when things don’t always go as planned, like over sleeping your alarm, or hitting the snooze button.

  1. Breathe

Breathe in the good, and exhale the bad! When times get tough, don’t forget to breath. Let a big deep breath of oxygen, come into the body and bring in much needed oxygen. Focusing on breath helps promote mental clarity, relax tense muscles, and gives us a chance to step back and look at the bigger picture.

  1. Be Grateful

Remember to count your blessings! During times of stress, it is always nice to take a step back and remember what life is truly about. Try writing down everything you are grateful for in a gratitude journal. This can help promote positive thinking and diffuse the anxiety and stress, when our minds want to think negatively.

  1. Prioritise

Prioritizing tasks in a commonly overlooked skill among many people. Sometimes the easiest task is not always the most important, and can just lead to more procrastination of the most important tasks. We tend to get so wrapped up in how much we can get done in a day, rather than the quality of work that is accomplished.

It is obvious that everyone experiences stress in one more or another, and is completely unavoidable. Learning effective coping methods is vital in the overall reduction of stress. Everyone also has a different method to coping with stress. But, learning different and effective coping methods can be the difference maker, and help improve our lives.

Comment below and tell us what helps you to reduce stress? I will also offer free health and lifestyle coaching advice in response to any of your questions, to get you started to a healthier, happier you. If this post helped you please share with friends and family.

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