It’s all about achieving balance.
Some stress is natural and is classed as “good stress” eg to protect you from danger. It acts as the catalyst to get you out of a situation that could be dangerous.
However more often when we talk about stress we are referring to the “bad stress”. This type of stress is harmful to your health – physical, mental, and emotional. It can cause your body and mind to overreact to situations, resulting in digestive problems, weight fluctuation, heart disease, depression, and a host of other issues that no one desires.
Are you aware of what is stressing you?
Here are 10 excellent ways to manage your stress, so you can get on the path to living a healthy and balanced life. Interestingly a lot of these points have been covered in previous posts. Following a simple plan to health has so many benefits.
- Identify Your Stress Triggers
Recognizing the triggers to your stressful reactions is an important first step in managing your stress. True, it might be impossible to remove life’s stresses, but understanding the things that stress you out—and in what ways—is particularly helpful in solving the underlying problems.
2. Get Some Exercise
Moving your body is important to combat stressful reactions, and prevent them from arising in the future. When you keep your body in peak condition, you feel lighter and more energized, leaving you prepared to manage life’s stresses.
- Find Stillness Every Day
Meditation is one of the best tools you have to counteract stress, and your brain’s bias to hold onto negativity. In meditation, your body actually releases stress and reverses the effects of the flight-or-fight response. I often suggest to my client to check out the free guided meditations that are on YOUTUBE. There are so many professionally recorded audios that are available for free and suit everyone.
- Eat Well
Nourishing your body with the right food will give you the energy you need to tackle what life brings you, including stress.
- Sleep to Combat Stress
Restful sleep is an essential key to staying healthy and strong. When you’re well-rested, you can approach stressful situations more calmly, yet sleep is so often neglected or underemphasized.
- Plan to have a holiday
Taking annual vacations is really good for you. It appears that going on a holiday may not be an icing-on-the-cake type of indulgence—it may actually be necessary for good health. Plus, it gives you something to look forward to.
- Create a Gratitude Practice
Gratitude is a powerful force that you can use to expand your happiness, improve your health, and—you guessed it—help you cope with stress.
Many scientific studies and research, have found that people who consciously focus on gratitude, experience greater emotional wellbeing and physical health than those who don’t
- Schedule some YOU Time in Your Calendar
Having a busy schedule all the time is a major contributor to stress. When you have a lot on your plate, you end up hurrying through the day and multitasking, which will only exacerbate stress levels.
Cross out some time in your calendar each week so you can take some time out for you. Do something that nourishes you – it could be reading a book, taking a walk in the bush or on the beach.
No one can deny the mind-body connection. But how much power does the body have over the mind?
Research has found that even a phony smile can help you handle stress. So if you’re looking for a way out of stress, you’ll need to smile more
10: Stop Should-ing yourself
Do you do things in your life because you want to … or because you should? Are you paying attention to the signs the universe is sending you and the guidance you feel deep in your soul? Because we’re so full of ideas and judgments about what we should and shouldn’t do, we tend to ignore the best advice we get—the guidance from our soul.