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Hi, Kell here!
Welcome to the StressLess Living Newsletter #17.
Stress is a fact of life but it does not have to be a way of life. There are many causes of stress - the stress of too much to do and not enough time, financial stress and the worry about how to make the next payment, or the emotional stress that can impact on relationships with friends and loved ones.
While we can’t eliminate stress from our lives we can develop strategies to enable us to cope better with stress and the effects of stress on our health.
Here are our top 10 tips to reduce stress today!
1 - Identify the Source of Stress. Knowing your source of stress is one of the first steps to take in dealing with stress. Is the stress caused by you and the expectations you place on yourself, is it caused by a lack of finances. Until you recognize and accept liability for your participation, stress will remain beyond management.
2 - Regular exercise. Stress creates the fight or flight response. A great way to rid yourself of the tension that accompanies stress is to exercise. Exercise builds your resilience to stress. There are a number of activities that you can do to reduce stress. Here are some ways exercise reduces stress.
3 - Develop an early morning yoga routine. Yoga activates the relaxation response. Yoga exercise actually allows you to relax your muscles, proper circulation of your blood, control your respiration and ease your anxious function. These hatha yoga poses are a great way to start your day!
4 - Take time out in nature. Nature revitalizes your energy and decreases stress. If you live in the city then take a walk through a regional park or make your garden into a heaven. If you stay near a seaside go for a soothing swimming.
5 - What brings a smile to your face? Spend a few minutes writing a list of your 10 most favorite things to do and schedule some of these things into your week. Use this weekly planner to schedule this one enjoyable activity into your week.
6 - Eat Well. Without proper nutrition your ability to cope with stress is compromised. Poor nutrition leads to feelings of fatigue and stress. A balanced diet can help avoid these adverse effects.
7 - Play. Personal entertainment is an aspect of stress management. Spend a while each day involved in activities you find enjoyable and satisfying.
8 - Set Realistic Goals. Nobody likes to fail. But setting goals that are unattainable can be stressful. When setting goals ensure that you set SMART goals that that funnel down to daily objective that are realistic to keep you focused.
9 - Try breathing easy and visualize calm. When stressed we tend to breathe shallowly from the chest. Using simple yet effective breathing exercises that focus on deep breathing from the diaphragm can counter the stress response. You can also complement these breathing techniques by visualizing a relaxing scene with these guided imagery meditations.
10 - Simplify your life. We can often feel pulled in too many directions with too many responsibilities. Take time to identify what matters most to you.
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All the best,
Dr Kell and the team at Stress Management for Peak Performance wish you all the best.
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