As you can see, stress produces a wide range of negative effects on our minds and bodies. Here are eight tips to help you overcome the problems stress may present in your life:
1. Make “me-time” a priority.
out 30 minutes to an hour daily. Schedule it. Use this down time to take a nice
hot bath with dead sea salts, essentials oils and your favorite natural bath
products. Light candles and play soothing music. Give yourself a massage with
coconut oil. Give yourself a facial. Finish off with a mani-pedi. This isn’t
just for the ladies. Guys, you can do this too.
2. Say no to others and say yes to yourself.
Overextending yourself is
the fastest way to accrue stress. Saying no doesn’t mean you aren’t helping
others. It means you're saying YES to
yourself and respecting your own needs. If an invitation comes up that makes
you say, “meh,” skip it. If someone requests something from you that feels too
heavy, not aligned with your present focus or doesn’t make you feel
resourceful, pass on it. As an added bonus, this frees up time to do
things you actually enjoy.
3. Allow nature
to re-energize you.
Spend some time in the sun’s healing
rays. Ground yourself by walking barefoot on grass or sand. Spend some time
in ocean water. Get plenty of fresh air and breathe deeply. Spend some time
stargazing or watching the clouds. Hug a tree. Plant a flower garden. Grow
your own food.
4. Do something
fun and adventurous every day.
Even with a busy
schedule, you can find 30 minutes to do something fun. Be
creative with your time. Create a bucket list while you’re on the toilet or in
between calls at work. Begin checking off those items each day as you try new
things. When time is more available, do the bigger things you wish to
5. Ask for help.
need help with any of your daily tasks such as cooking or laundry, ask. If there’s
a project at work that’s causing frustration, see who you can enlist to speed
up the project. If you're bored or
lonely, ask friends or family to spend time with you. If your back hurts, ask
for a massage. It’s not that others aren’t willing to support you; you simply haven’t articulated your needs.
6. Let your plate
Plant-based food has natural healing
components. Eat more plants and less meat. Use food as medicine and eat foods
that reduce illness. Reduce or eliminate caffeine, sugar, gluten, alcohol,
dairy, and soy, which are often the biggest culprits of diet-based stress. Swap
out coffee for herbal tea. Try almond or coconut milk. Instead of sugar, try
stevia, raw honey or medjool dates to sweeten.
7. Slow down.
Meditate for at least 20 minutes per
day. Take several deep breaths. Close your eyes for a few minutes every hour.
Resist the urge to tightly pack your schedule. Practice gentle and slow paced
forms of exercise such as yoga, qigong and tai chi.
8. Reduce your
time with energy vampires.
This includes people and technology.
Identify people who drain your energy and distance yourself from them. Have one
“unplugged” day every week with no television, phone, video games or internet.
Reduce the amount of time you spend texting, emailing, working, updating your Facebook
status message, and tweeting.