How Can You Reduce the Stress in Your Life?
Stress is inevitable.
- Relationships begin and relations end. Every relationship requires nurturing to make it work. There can be marriage, divorce, unresolved conflict and even violence.
- There may be children to raise, with all the challenges of helping them grow in a safe and healthy environment. Eventually they leave home, but sometimes return with their significant other and children of their own.
- Sometimes you live with disease, illness and the death of loved ones.
- There can be financial crises bringing loss of home and other possessions.
- There is too much work or lack of work. People are hired or fired, promoted or demoted.
Every living being experiences stress. It is not possible to be alive without stress. Life is not fair. Life is not about being dealt a good hand; it is about playing well, with whatever hand you have been dealt. The challenge is to reduce the negative effects of stress, and make stress work positively for you.
The Key to Stress Reduction…
Calm your body and calm your mind. Calming the body includes engaging in physical activities that put the body into a state of relaxation or otherwise use the energy created by the release of sugar into the blood.
Calming the mind includes changing our thought processes by reducing or eliminating irrational beliefs and stress producing images. It also includes taking time to form relaxing mental images and meditations.
Tips for Reducing Stress
- Regular relaxation of mind and body: Take relaxation breaks. Learn to enjoy doing nothing for a few moments. Short breaks are best. Doing nothing for long periods creates more stress.
- Healthy lifestyle: Balance rest, exercise and nutrition. Have a realistic schedule that makes room for playtime and friendships that are supportive and fun.
- Positive mental attitude: Focus on what you want to happen, on strengths, and successes. Practice positive self-talk, acceptance, forgiveness, concern for others, and a sense of humor. Maintain adequate mental stimulation and personal challenges.
- Meaningful goals: Determine what is most important and set priorities; enjoy working toward both long and short-range goals. Change your goals as needed to maintain relevance to your passion, your mission and vision.
- Stress handling skills: Assertiveness, Communication, Visualization, Rational Beliefs, and Attitude Changes.
- Deep Breathing Exercises: Find a comfortable position. Be aware of your body. Check for any tension in your body by working from the feet upward. Let go of the tension; release it as you work your way up from your feet all the way to the top of your head. Allow your abdomen to expand and contract naturally as you breathe in and out. Take a deep breath through your nose. Notice your abdomen expanding. Hold your breath for a second and then exhale slowly. Notice your abdomen relaxing. Wait for a second and then repeat the cycle. You can do as few as 3 cycles or up to twenty minutes. You can do this several times a day in a variety of situations such as at home, at work, on the bus, while waiting for an appointment. You can practice these calming breaths even while walking. It helps to calm the body and the mind whenever anger or stress is escalating.
This is an excerpt from my book “Embracing Change From the Inside Out”
If you’re ready to make life changes from the inside out contact me, I will help you understand how to make those changes.