A lot of stress can kill your energy and affect your health.
If tensions build up as you go through the week, you may have trouble resting and recharging on your rest days or weekends. You then start the next week worn-out and stressed from the outset.
Break the pattern with this Four-step plan to deal to stress before it accumulates. You then can start your week off feeling relaxed and peaceful.
Slow down. Do you rush around from through the week trying to meet deadlines at work and deliver your kids to school on time? Wake up earlier and leave a space between appointments. Make time to pause, listen to birds sing and collect your thoughts.
Turn off your mobile phone. Disconnect totally for at least an hour each day. Spend the time to connect with family and friends face-to face instead of via technology.
Pray and meditate. For many people, spiritual traditions are the ultimate source of contentment and stability. Study inspirational quotes and contemplate how they relate to your challenges.
Express your creativity. Whatever your beliefs, you can blow off steam by engaging in hobbies. Play some music or draw a picture even if you are not an expert the joy that comes from getting creative uplifts your spirits.
Focus on the moment. Studies show that humans aren’t very good at multitasking, and jumping from one task to another creates apprehension and stress. Focus on the “Now” to accomplish more with less effort.
Adjust your self-talk.Treat yourself with compassion. Acknowledge your losses and fears. Encourage yourself to keep achieving.
Develop gratitude. Remembering our blessings remind us of our connections to one and another and joy we get from them. The world instantly looks a lot happier, that is itself is comforting and confirming.
Release your expectation. Many outcomes in life are outside our area of control. Base your confidence on your ability to adapt to changing circumstances and setbacks. Accept ambiguity, and take pleasure in the opportunity to learn and grow your skills.
Smile it off. Most of the things that make us uneasy have their humorous side. Look for the humor in really bad parking or bathroom renovation job that goes way over schedule.
Take Care of Yourself
Exercise regularly. Physical exercise is good for your mind and body. In addition to burning calories, a run through the park will reduce stress. Find a variation of workouts you enjoy so you can look forward to going biking or playing a squash game.
Eat a healthy diet. Diet plays a critical role in keeping us resilient and able to cope with stress. Get most of your kilojoules from vegetables and fruits, whole grains, proteins, and healthy fats. Reward yourself with movie tickets instead of second serving of dessert.
Sleep well. Your body uses sleep as a time to heal the physical inflammation caused by stress. Go to bed and wake up at about the same time each day. Make sure your bedroom is dark and quite you can wear ear plugs if lights and noise are disturbing your sleep.
Simplify Your Routines
Get rid of the clutter. Clean and spacious environments make it easier to relax. Collect up items you no longer need or do not use. Sell them online or donate them to charity. The bonus is, you’ll be able to complete your housework in much less time, eliminating another mediocre source of stress.
Purchase less. Prevent clutter from gaining a stranglehold by purchasing less. Figure out how many electronic gadgets and pairs of shoes you actually need.
Eliminate avoidable tasks. Streamline your calendar too. Focus on your most important priorities, and avoid taking on unnecessary commitments.
Eliminate stress at the source. Start your week with uncomplicated habits and basic decisions that protect your peace of mind. You’ll feel less pressure and more vibrant every day.
Smile and Remember to Achieve the Grin because Winners Are Grinners and if you never give up you will live your life less stress.
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