You Don’t Need to Carry Your Stress Around
Do you have too much stress in your life? Don’t answer right away. Think about a single day. What goes smoothly? What, not so much? How do you feel when someone cuts you off in traffic? Or you spill your coffee all over that white blouse you love? Or you didn’t get the job/client/promotion?
You might not even realize you’re doing it, but you let those things pile up inside until finally, the smallest irritation sets you off. Why? Because you’re stressed out.
It doesn’t have to be that way. I’m always talking about self-care, and stress is one of the biggest reasons we need to include self-care in our schedule. Whether it’s a daily walk, a weekend off, or a few minutes to simply breathe and let your mind wander, it will make a huge difference in your life.
Releasing Stress for Better Health
Releasing stress on a regular basis affects our entire life. Here are just a few ways you can improve your life by reducing stress:
- Take the strain off your heart and reduces the risk of heart disease
- Reduce the risk of depression
- Improve memory
- Better sleep
- Increased energy
- Lower risk of obesity
Stress Can Be A Good Thing In Small Doses
That isn’t to say there aren’t times when stress isn’t a good thing within reason. When you’re on a deadline, a certain amount of stress helps you stay focused and get the job done. But it isn’t an accumulation of stress hormones, just a short burst to get us over the hump. These short bursts are related to your natural fight or flight behavior, originally meant to get you or a loved one out of danger fast.
A mother sees her child wandering into the street, straight into the path of an oncoming car. Her body becomes stressed which allows her to run to her child faster than she’d normally be able to move to save her child from harm.
A person hiking in the woods encounters an brown bear. Stress allows them to think more clearly instead of panicking so they can get themselves out of danger.
In situations like these, stress can be a good thing. But if these people had allowed stress hormones to accumulate in their bodies over time, it would impair their ability to react appropriately in a dangerous or life-threatening situation.
Simple Ways to Reduce Stress
So what are some ways you can reduce stress?
- Keeping a gratitude journal
- Spending time with your pets
- Have a healthy social life
- Avoid procrastination
- Allow yourself to say No
Healthline published an article entitled 16 Ways to Relieve Stress 16 Ways to Relieve Stress which goes into further detail on methods for reducing the stress in your life. You needn’t try to fit all 16 things in every day, but doing even one or two will make a difference, not only in your health, but in your ability to attract what you need to live the life of your dreams.
Need Some Help Lowering Your Stress Level?
Are you struggling with stress in your life? Is it holding you back from building the life you envision? CONTACT ME TODAY to schedule a no-pressure, no-commitment phone call to see if I can answer any questions you might have. Together, we can work on those BSFs (aka, big scary feelings) getting in the way of your freedom to do the things you love without carrying around an unhealthy load of stress.
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