Are you dragging yourself out of bed more often than not?
Do you lose your patience with the people you care about most?
Do you respond to level 3 stimulus with a level 10 reaction?
These are signs you are stressed out, and in case you haven’t figured it out, you are not alone.
Studies show 61% of the population is chronically stressed.
The side effects of stress are linked 92% of chronic dis-ease. Dis-ease like insomnia, headaches, migraines, fatigue, pain, high blood pressure and much more.
But, what are really talking about here?
What is Stress
Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from a demanding circumstance.
If we want to live longer, better and happier, we must find a way to deal with stress. Face it head-on and deal with what’s causing the stress. However, all stress is not bad.
Eustress is the type of stress we feel when we’re excited. This is the kind of stress we feel on a roller coaster when we’re working on a meaningful project, going on a first date, or waiting for that first kiss.
Acute stress triggers aren’t always good. It comes from surprises that require a response. Acute stress does not take a toll if we deal with it head on and return to a “stress-free” state.
Chronic stress is the type of stress we need to worry about. Chronic stress is when we face stressors that take a toll and feel inescapable, repeatedly (experts say 90 days or more). A stressful job or an unhappy home life can bring on chronic stress.
Our bodies are not designed to live with chronic levels of stress, and because of that when we live this way, we become susceptible to dis-ease.
Stress in and of itself is not the issue. The issue is we need to let go of the things that stress us out or change the way we feel about them. One of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes speaks to this. It is, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you feel about it.”
The truth is we control the amount of stress we allow to invade our bodies. If something is your life is stressing you and making you unhappy, change it. If you can’t, then change the way you feel about it. This doesn’t happen quickly, but it does happen. Click here for more on changing the way you feel about things that I think will be of service to you.
However, until you can get there, there’re ten behaviors to help you calm the effects of stress, so dis-ease does not become the next challenge you have to overcome in your life.
10 Ways to Relieve Stress So You Can Calm Down and Turn Your Day Around
- Yell, scream, jump up and down. If you are upset about something and need to clear the air with someone, you should do so. Lingering issues take their toll.
- Ask for help. I know this is a challenge sometimes, but let someone help you. You’d be surprised how willing those around you are if you’d just ask.
- Do something that is just for you. Find a way to express yourself creatively. You could discover your inner artist, musician, or writer.
- Write it out. Sit and write 10-20 minutes each night before bed. Journaling helps us release the things we’ve held in all day and gives us an opportunity to reflect so we can make improvements when necessary.
- Breathe. Not only is meditation good for you physically, but it is also ideal for you mentally.
- Jam. Sometimes we need sad music to help us work out the feelings and cry; other times we need loud music so we can sing or dance.
- Eat right. Nutrition has become more critical than ever. Studies show that of those who said they maintained a healthy diet, 65% were either overweight or obese.
- Snooze. Sleep 7-9 hours a day. This is when your body restores itself from the daily abuse it receives. If you don’t allow for this special healing time, you will eventually deplete your energy.
- Move. Try to get in some physical exercise daily, 30 minutes of walking will do.
- Runaway, run far, far away. Yes, go away. Disconnect for a little while. Even just a day will do a world of wonder when you are stressed out. You will save money in the long run on medical bills, so invest in yourself – you deserve it.
Next time you’re stressed out, try one of these calming behaviors to soothe your soul.
Life stops for no one and as long as we live we will have stress. We must accept this and learn to enjoy the challenges we experience. Isn’t’ that what life is all about? Enjoying the journey…
Know I am fully vested in empowering you to do that. I believe we are all here to create a life worth living. We define what that means to us, and I’m here to help you define what that means for you. Please share your ah-has, comments, questions, and thoughts in the comment section below.
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Until next time, live with passion, purpose, and play.
Carmen M. Perez, Your Wellbeing Messenger
Personal Success Mentor
Growth ~ Marketing ~ Performance
Author, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Mother, Wife, and Lover of Life
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