You may think illness is the cause of that excruciating headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity in general. Did you ever stop to think that the amount of stress you are under is the cause of these concerns?
There’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news: everyone has stress in their life and it is not ever going to leave… The good news: it does not have to affect you to the extent that you might be letting it!
Here are some helpful hints to keeping stress from getting the best of you–
GO! – That toxic mixture of Adrenaline, Cortisol and Norepinephrine that has reached its peak and is now running like a stampede of wild boars through your body will be incinerated by getting up and getting physical! Run, jump, dance, stretch- ANYTHING! Raising your heart rate and working up a sweat will force your mind to focus on regulating your entire body and calm the portion of your mind that is causing you distress.
SLEEP – Science has shown that people can survive longer without food than without sleep. When a person does not get enough sleep, they are less patient and easily agitated. Maintaining a regular cycle consisting of 7-9 hours of sleep every night will help when you are confronted with your day-to-day stresses simply because you are not tired. How painless is that?!
ACKNOWLEDGE TO CHANGE – Practice the art of identifying stress and notice how your thinking can contribute to that stress.
Ask yourself these 4 questions:
1. Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move on to 3)
2. Can you be absolutely positive it is true? (Yes or no)
3. How do you react when you believe that thought?
4. Who would you be if you didn’t believe that thought?
By identifying the source of your stress and acknowledging your reactions and/or feelings, you are giving yourself the opportunity to grow beyond your deepest concerns. For every action there is a reaction. If you don’t like your reaction or the way something made you feel the last time, you now have the freedom to change it for the future.
It is easier said than done and stress is a constant battle for anybody, but there are millions of ways to ease the struggle. Who knows, maybe these tips will really help you as much as they have helped others!