Stress Less

Stress Less

STRESS. "Yes,​ the​ S word'. Stress is​ the​ 'wear and tear' our bodies experience as​ we adjust to​ our constantly changing environment. Stress has both physical and emotional effects on​ us and can it​ can create positive or​ negative feelings.

As a​ positive influence,​ stress can help compel us to​ action; it​ can result in​ a​ new consciousness and an​ exciting new perspective. as​ a​ negative influence,​ it​ can result in​ feelings of​ distrust,​ rejection,​ and depression,​ which in​ turn can lead to​ health problems such as​ headaches,​ upset stomach,​ insomnia,​ ulcers and other health problems. as​ you​ can see,​ as​ we adjust to​ different situations,​ stress can either help or​ hinder us depending on​ how we react to​ it.

I'm not going to​ sit here and tell you​ that you​ shouldn't let things concern you​ but what I do what to​ say is​ that you​ can slowly begin to​ reduce the​ stress in​ your life.

As women,​ we wear many hats and as​ moms,​ our hat racks are overflowing. Be sure to​ recognize stressful situations and take a​ notice of​ how you​ deal with them both mentally and physically.

You remember that saying? if​ mama' ain't happy,​ nobody is​ happy? Well,​ I tend to​ agree with it​ so I am very conscience of​ the​ stressful situations that I am confronted with and I am sure to​ time off when I can to​ replenish my mind,​ body,​ and spirit.

Sit back,​ relax,​ and see if​ you​ can apply some or​ all of​ the​ action steps below into your life and begin on​ the​ road to​ less stress.

Write it​ down. Write down goals,​ errands,​ chores,​ due dates etc and instead of​ creating just a​ "To Do" list,​ keep a​ "Have Done" list too. Move things from your to​ Do list to​ the​ Have Done list after having completed them. at​ the​ end of​ the​ day,​ review how productive you​ were.

Express yourself. Unloading your worries and concerns is​ a​ terrific way to​ clear your mind and reduce stress. It's very important not to​ keep everything inside so try finding a​ friend or​ a​ professional whom you​ can talk to. you​ can also write your feelings down in​ a​ journal. Moving things out of​ your head and onto paper can help you​ release a​ lot of​ the​ inner turmoil you​ may feeling.

Don't avoid. if​ there's something in​ your life that's causing you​ to​ worry; seek out things that will help you​ feel in​ control. For instance,​ if​ you're suffering from financial problems,​ try read some books on​ gaining control of​ your financial life or​ seek the​ help of​ a​ financial planner.

Drink some orange juice. Scientists have discovered that vitamin C can reduce the​ production of​ stress hormones. Try Eating an​ orange,​ drinking some juice,​ taking a​ Vitamin C supplement. Here are a​ few foods that are rich in​ vitamin C: broccoli,​ brussels sprouts,​ cabbage,​ cauliflower,​ tomatoes,​ peppers,​ potatoes,​ strawberries,​ grapefruit and cantaloupe.

Exercise. Studies have shown that taking a​ brief 10 minute walk during intense times will increase the​ amount of​ oxygen to​ your brain,​ allowing you​ to​ think more clearly and ultimately helping you​ to​ make better decisions.

Give yourself a​ license to​ be imperfect. No one is​ perfect. Give yourself a​ break. Try to​ reach a​ healthy balance between what really needs to​ be done now and what can wait. Also give yourself permission to​ ask others for help when you​ need it.

Adjustments. Let's face it​ -- there comes a​ time when we have to​ make adjustments. Try to​ identify your stressors and adjust yourself so that you​ react differently to​ them.

Stress Less

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