Find Your Serenity Now – Reduce stress naturally
There’s no doubt about it there has been a lot of doom and gloom around. The dreaded “R” (recession) word has certainly taken its toll on everyone in various ways.
With so many things going on around us, it’s important to find ways to control our tension levels, reduce stress naturally and minimise the feelings of being overworked, or out of our control. It can be difficult to clear your head, and take time out, with the constant barrages of computer, phone, TV and so on, and often hard to get our stress metres down to zero.
Things you can do to lower stress on a daily basis include:
Saying no. Take a few seconds to think before you respond when you are asked to do favours, invited to go somewhere or advised to something unnecessary. Commit only to stuff that you really want to.
What should you do. Reduce the need to feel under pressure to the advice that you “should” or “must” or “need” to do this and that. How often have you heard the advice that you should call to someone, or you really need to do something in particular? Think for a few seconds, who will it benefit and decide for you.
Relax. Notice tension when it occurs in your body, feel where it is affecting you. Physical and emotional responses can feed off of each other. When in an emotionally challenging situation, remind yourself to stay more physically relaxed, breathe, and relax your shoulders, unclench your jaw and you will notice that it’s easier to remain calm and make better decisions.
Solve what you can. Solve as many small issues as possible. It creates an opportunity to cross things off your list, and gives a feeling of being in control, instead of spending time worrying about the things you can’t control.
Take things one at a time. Us, girls are especially great to multi-task but if under pressure, multi-tasking can leave you feeling confused and overwhelmed. Focus on one thing at a time, and complete each task before going onto the next. If you go through a period of longer term stress, take one day at a time, looking at what you can achieve on that day only.
Eat well and exercise. Ditch the sugar loaded carbs and wheat filled goodies if going through periods of stress. Load up on healthy fruit and veg and get in at minimum, a short walk at some stage in the day. Yoga and meditation is super to learn to remain calm and relaxed.
Ditch perfectionism. We are not perfect and neither is life. Perfectionism can be a serious cause for stress. Remember everything in life can be improved upon. Absolutely every report, every invention, every job can and will be improved upon with time. Often we improve on our own work so don’t let it hold you up too long or let it cause your stress. Also, when it’s done it’s done, don’t stress about something after it’s finished. What’s the point?
Keep an optimistic outlook. Staying optimistic can minimise stress. It takes a bit of practice but having the right attitude can give you a different perspective on things, and can reduce your stress levels considerably.
Sleep. Adequate rest is vital to staying positive and processing stressful situations with ease. Get enough rest at night, allowing time to relax before bed so you have a better quality of sleep.
Avoid stressful situations. If possible, avoid people who cause you stress. Plan ahead and wait until you are in a better frame of mind before seeing certain people and situations that fill you with dread.
Spend time in nature. Go outside and connect with nature, walk barefoot in the grass, on a beach or play with a pet. Spending time in nature and with pets has a grounding effect on us and can ease our minds.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. We have all had times in our life when the small stuff bothers us. Ask yourself if what you are getting hot and bothered about is that life altering, chances are, very little in life is worth all that worry.
Talk to someone. If you are really feeling under pressure, overloaded or depressed and can’t seem to move forward from it. Talk to a trained expert and get outside advice to get a new perspective, blow off some steam and get independent advice to help you to regain a new outlook on your situation.
Be grateful for what is going right. Remembering to be thankful for what’s right in your life and reducing the attention on what’s not right can cause a huge shift in the way you perceive how your life is going. There is so much to be grateful for, take time to remind yourself every day.
Don’t stress out about decreasing stress. Think about this one, does it make sense to aggressively pursue ways to decrease stress. Just relax.