It is said that stress is related to 99% of ALL illness. Stress can be caused by a variety of external factors. There is not one way to help relieve stress and everybody responds different.
Over the past few months, for no particular reason, I have been feelling especially stressed out and to be honest, I actually don’t have anything major to be stressed out about. I eat healthy, I exercise regularly, I practice yoga, I have great friends, I have a job that I love and a partner who I love more then the world. It sounds like I have it going on but that is not always how I feel. When I got asked by a fellow blog reader if she could do a post on Stress Management, I could not think of a better time for this post. I will leave the rest to Alicia…
4 Ways to Get Your Stress Level Under Control Now
Stress is a part of life for everyone, but differences lie in how people deal with it. Getting stress under control effectively can mean feeling relaxed and levelheaded as pressures rise. On the other hand, stress that’s not managed properly can have an adverse effect on your health and quality of life. Below, you’ll find some simple but powerful ways to bring your stress level down.
Target the Cause
It can be extremely unsettling to wake up and realize there’s a strange feeling in the pit of your stomach for no apparent reason. Whether this sounds familiar or you know what’s causing the uneasiness, the first step is realizing why you’re stressed.
After that, you’ll be able to understand if what’s stressing you out is within your control. For example, if you’re worried because of a rainy weather forecast on the day of your outdoor event, that’s not something you can impact one way or the other. However, if you’re frazzled because of incompatibility with whomever you share an office space with at work, you can control that to some extent by requesting to be moved into another room.
Perhaps it’s stressed caused by having too much to do. Create a routine where you write down everything you have to do at home and work. Next, organize by importance and deadlines. Once you have it written down your brain can finally relax because it isn’t trying to hold on to everything at once.
Know the Signs and the Remedies
Try to gain more awareness of what happens just before and during the times you feel especially stressed. Also, keep a close eye on what you normally do to feel more at ease, and make sure those behaviors aren’t destructive. Some people who visit addiction rehab centers realize that the inability to cope with stress in therapeutic ways was ultimately a factor in cultivating dependency.
Once you can recognize what happens when you feel stressed and how you usually respond, it’ll be easier to decide whether a change is in order. Perhaps you find running lowers your tendency to be stressed or yoga after work helps you relax. Focus on minimizing stress through techniques you can do anywhere, such as eyes-open meditations or deep breathing exercises.
Ask for Support
One good thing about stress is that since everyone has to deal with it, there are plenty of strategies to consider. Don’t feel that you have to manage a stress problem without help. Recruit people in your circle of friends and family, or think about making an appointment with a stress expert. Taking steps like these can help you branch out and try solutions you may not have otherwise explored.
Don’t Rush It
Stress causes numerous responses in the body, and some of them aren’t ones you can influence directly. Set small stress management goals and remind yourself that just trying your best to make a positive change is a step in the right direction.
If you get temporarily off track, take a deep breath and get refocused. Striving for perfection can quickly bring frustration. Instead, remind yourself of what’s important rather than becoming overly discouraged about small shortcomings.
These suggestions can help you make the transition from being anxious and uneasy to cool and collected. Try them today and see if you notice a difference.
Alicia Lawrence is a Harrisburg-based writer and entrepreneur specializing in communication and health. She works as a content coordinator for a tech company and is the founder of MarCom Land. For more about Alicia, visit her website or follow her on Twitter @Alicia_Lw.
Thank you so much Alicia for your wise words!
What also helps me de-stress is being in the kitchen and creating new recipes (especially with a glass of red wine). This is a wonderful way for me to take my mind of things and relax. Here is a recipe to get you in the kitchen. For more recipes like this visit, my facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NatAttacksABalancedLife
Coconut Magic Bars
These are free of any refined sugar, Paleo, Gluten Free and filled with goodness.
2 Cups Shredded Coconut
1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
1/4 Pure Maple Syrup (or Honey-not vegan)
1 TSP of Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 Rock Salt
70% Vegan Dark Chocolate
** I added a 1 TSP of Cinnamon, since I adore the additional spice.
Combine all of these ingredients in a blender till smooth, this will take about 5 minutes.
Once smooth, lay out base in a baking tin or tupperware container, freeze for about 15 minutes.
While freezing, melt about 1/2-3/4 cup of 70% Vegan Dark Chocolate with about 1 or 2 TBSP or coconut oil as your glaze. Spread mixture over coconut base and allow to freeze for a further 15 minutes or so.
Keep frozen or in the fridge.