7 ways in which you can reduce stress and in the process value you more

Charlinda      Saturday, September 5, 2015

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There are a number of ways to manage stress, and ultimately eliminate it from your life. Below are some hints to help you get started.

Acknowledge stress is good 
Have you ever noticed how you are more alert and in certain instances that your performance is enhanced in a stressful situation?
What if you can use stress to your advantage to push yourself that little bit harder when it counts most.

In a stressful situation, you have engagement choice
One of my favourite things to remember is that in a moment of stress, I have a choice in how - and if - I engage. So do you. A question I ask myself in those times is: Would I rather be doing this or something else? What would you rather be doing if the stressful situation is not a contribution to you?

Learn from the best 
When people around are losing their heads, who stays calm? Who in your environment manages stressful situations in a way that you admire? What do they do differently? If you knew what they knew about managing stress, what would you know? Karen Gosling has a truly insightful book, EmotionMatters, which teaches about managing stress and acheiving wellness.

Practice breathing 
You can assist your body to relax by breathing. Below is a TEDx talk given by Max Strom on the relationship between breathing and health.



Breathing Exercise
Breathe in through your nose into your ribs (expand your ribs outwards), hold it until the count of seven, then breathe out for a count of 8. Repeat this breathing exercise until you can perceive a change in your emotional, physical or physiological state.

Be Here Now
It is possible to cause yourself stress by worrying about things that may or may not happen. Often, the very thing we worry about is the one thing that doesn't happen. How many futures - that have never transpired - have you worried about? What if, when you find yourself worried about a future situation, you pause for a moment and remember to be here... present and aware... now?

Know your trigger points and hot spots 
Make a list of stress trigger points or hot spots. Be specific. Knowing what causes you stress is powerful information, as you can take action to make it less stressful. What new skills can you add to your repertoire that will assist you in managing stress in a way that is fun for you?

Self Care
Think about it…how can you be expected to care for those around you if you’re tired, feeling stressed, and that you just wish you could have five minutes to yourself? There’s nothing for you to give if you’re stressed, overwhelmed, depressed, etc. It’s important to take care of yourself – physically, spiritually, and emotionally!


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