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Dealing With Stress


We all experience it at one time or another; this trespasser called stress. It is perhaps the number one cause of most health problems today.   Letís explore 6 ways of dealing with stress in your life.



Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. These chemicals give people more energy and strength, which can be a good thing if their stress is caused by physical danger. But this can also be a bad thing, if their stress is in response to something emotional and there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength.

One of the most immediate and easiest ways of dealing with stress is responding to your body's physical symptoms. Sometimes this can be as easy as stopping what you're doing and taking a few deep, relaxing breaths. Sound too easy? Well try it.

* Talk about the problems you are experiencing with friends, loved ones or a professional. Keeping everything bottled up will only create more problems later on. Join a support group with people experiencing similar problems.

* Exercise often. Go to the park and walk for 20-30 minutes either every day or every other day. Exercise relieves tension and produces a calming effect. Perhaps joining a gym with a friend would be more to your liking.

* Yoga exercises. Sit in a quiet room alone and begin breathing exercises. Choose a mantra which will help you to stay focused.

* Music does calm the savage beast. Listen to some classical or instrumental music. Ocean or nature sounds are a perfect way to release stress.

* Healthy meals can become an important factor in limiting your stress. Ensure you eat three meals a day, and make an effort to avoid too much caffeine and sugar.

* Sleep deprivation can cause stress. Go to bed early. Seven to eight hours sleep can make all the difference.

Dealing with stress can be challenging. Every day you seem to be pulled in every direction, trying to accommodate others. The first priority is to take care of you. You are the thread which holds your family together. If you are stressed, you wonít be much good to anyone.

Give yourself a break every now and then. Buy a new outfit; go to a movie; do something youíve always wanted to do. Your family can take care of themselves for one day. Alone time is just as important to you as it is for everyone else. Think of yourself as a gas tank; eventually you will run out of fuel.

Laughter is a wonderful release. Youíve probably noticed those times when youíve laughed so hard, you cried. This is probably due to the fact you havenít laughed in a while, and the tension released through laughter is the best cure-all method for dealing with stress-related issues.

Avoid stressful situations whenever possible. If you are a working mom, itís probably not the job but the people who are causing you the most stress. Take everything in stride.

If you canít finish a task, donít worry about it. If dinner doesnít turn out as you expected, improvise or order out.

Life is too short; and stress can reduce it further. Nothing is more important than your health or state of mind. Eleanor Roosevelt wisely said, ďNo one can make you a victim without your consent.Ē She was right; it is, after all, up to you.
Aurelia Williams is a certified life coach that invites you to visit Real Life Coaching to sign up for your free coaching consultation today.  Take a look at the Stress Less Program

Recommended Reading:

Journey To Joy: A Clear-Cut Step-by-Step Action Guide Is Here To Help You Claim The Happiness That You Deserve.  Each chapter of  is complete with a list of action steps and resources for finding balance and joy in your life.

300 Tips To Reduce Stress: A breakthrough program that relieves the symptoms of stress and eliminates the causes, actually reversing the stressful habits, attitudes and mindsets you've developed over the course of your life!

Additional Motivation Resources

The Power Of Positive Habits E-Book - Learn how to Re-Program your Mind & Body and reach your goals Automatically!

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Maximum Self-Esteem - The Handbook for Reclaiming Your Sense of Self-Worth



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