Five Strategies to
Reduce Stress NOW!
Youíre overwhelmed by the many things you have to do. Your mind is constantly
on work. Your heart pounds, you have a neck ache, back ache, poor digestion, and
youíre so tired by the end of the day that you become a couch potato at night.
You have little or no patience for those around you. If this description is all
too familiar, itís time to take charge of your stress before it takes charge
of you! Stress is said to be responsible for 50-80% of all illness - a good
reason to do something about it. Not all stress is bad; - i.e. a wedding, a
social event, starting a new, exciting job. Itís our reaction to events that
will determine whether we will feel distress or not. What is stressful for one
person may not even phase another. Knowing your triggers is a good place to
Five Strategies to Reduce Stress NOW! [528 words]
- a) Make a list of whatís bothering you. Are you doing too much? Are
relationships at the base of your problems? Is your work load too great or
do you hate many things about your job? Are you a workaholic? Is poor money
management your problem? Or is it too much coffee? Are you doing what you
want to be doing in life? Make a simple plan for each item taking steps to
do something about it.
b) Make a list of whatís going well in your life. Read each list over and
over until you feel you have a better perspective.
- Just stop and take a couple of deep breaths- right down to your belly. Do
the "Ten Second Break". Take in a deep belly breath to the count
of four. Hold your breath to the count of four. Allow your eyes to close and
exhale to the count of four. As you exhale imagine something warm coming
over your body from your head to your toes and repeat to yourself "I am
calm". Repeat a few times throughout the day.
- Use positive self talk to replace old negative message that often rumble
through our heads causing psychological and emotional stress.. Use messages
like "Iím a worthy person", Iím doing the best that I
can". "Look how far Iíve progressed and Iím still moving
forward". "I can remain calm with this difficult person".
"I can get through this". "This too will pass".
- Get rid of the bound energy that lurks in muscles causing many physical
problems. Put some form of physical activity into your life on a regular
basis. Even 14 minutes on a treadmill or a brisk walk around the block can
reduce anxiety, banish stress and fatigue.
- Feed your nervous system with quality foods. Reduce junk food; coffee,
pizza, muffins, cakes, pastries, and other white flour products. Increase
water, fruits, vegetables, whole grain products and low fat protein sources
such as chicken, fish and lean cuts of meats. Use raw almonds, raw sunflower
and/or pumpkin seeds as snacks and most importantly, replace supermarket oil
with cold pressed olive oil. Since stress can deplete vitamins (especially
the Bís) and minerals as well as depress our immune system, investigate
supplementation such as a good quality vitamin and mineral formula.
Rosalie Moscoe, R.N.C.P is an expert with twenty years of
in-depth, hands-on experience in preventive health. She is also a professional
speaker working in organizations for the past five years.
About the Author
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