Who doesn’t have stress, right ?!! And given the times, there are a lot of stressors out there. Even walking around town can be stressful. Life shouldn’t be this way!
Stress is what happens when you have a lot going on in your life, and let’s face it – EVERYONE has a lot going on right now. This makes it even more crucial to have ways to deal with stress.
Now, yes, you do need a certain level of stress in your life to stay motivated and keep you safe, but modern-day stress is not this kind of stress. Modern-day stress is detrimental to your health.
All stress is the same to the body. When you’re under stress for a prolonged or intense time (like during the quarantine), your nervous system triggers the release of hormones. These hormones then affect your whole body.
Ways that stress affects you varies – insomnia, anxiety, depression, chest pain, heart palpitations, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain are some of the symptoms.
Here are my top 10 tips to decrease stress in your life.
- Do emotional freedom technique (EFT) daily, or hourly if needed. Repetition will change your stress level. Download the Tapping Solution app or visit eftuniverse.com. You can also use – fear of infectious disease – for any type of stress or fear.
- Identify major sources of stress in your life, both pleasant and unpleasant. How do they affect you? Figure out a way to change them so they are less stress causing.
- Look for the good and praise it. Focusing on what’s good takes your mind off of the stress-inducers.
- Get adequate sleep. Your body does a lot of repair work while sleeping, 7 to 8.5 hours is ideal.
- Breathe! Taking 3 deep, slow breaths causes the body to relax. Do this through out the day.
- One of the most powerful tools to combat stress is any exercise that increases the pulse rate. Try walking uphill, swimming, exercise bicycle, “rebounder”, sports, or step up/step down.
- Eat in a relaxed frame of mind. Chew thoroughly.
- Drink adequate water. You need 1 1/2 – 2 quarts of fluids daily. You can also include herbal teas like alfalfa, peppermint, or chamomile.
- Eat foods high in B vitamins, they support your nervous system. Examples include whole grains, meats, eggs, nuts, beans, fish, poultry and green leafy vegetables.
- Do relaxing activities that you enjoy – like hot baths, saunas, hot-tubs, massage, bodywork, meditation, music, visualization, or journaling.
I would love for you to add one or more of these to your life right now and let me know how it’s going.