Stress can be like an uncontrollable monster at times. It’s been proven that stress is bad for our health, but sometimes we can’t help getting sucked into the latest crisis at work or home. Here are some helpful pointers to get you back to a calm state.
In order to get a stress attack under control, try using an imagination exercise. Attempt to picture yourself being at a place that you enjoy or find relaxing. For example, if you enjoy beach outings, mentally picture yourself lying on a beach. If you do this for a few minutes, you’ll find that it may help in getting your breathing under control and lowering your pulse rate.
If you feel that you are being overwhelmed with stress and anxiety you should take some deep breaths. Deep breathing has been shown to reduce anxiety. It causes you to focus on the way that you are breathing rather than on what’s causing you so much anxiety. Breath deeply in through your nose and hold it for 4 to 6 seconds and then breath all the way out through your mouth.
Running is one of the absolute best activities you can do to help reduce stress. Not only does it help clear your mind, it also releases endorphins into your body which helps you feel more relaxed. It’s not called a runner’s high for no reason at all. If you’re unable to run . . . try walking.
A great way to reduce stress or to prevent it all together is to not get hung up on the little things in life. By worrying about every minuscule thing that happens, you are naturally increasing the pressure and stress levels on yourself. A great practice to follow is to prioritize the things that are happening in your life. By picking the few most important things to worry about, it’s easier to allow the other little things happen. You can’t control or change everything in life, so by letting the stuff go, you are also reducing your stress level.
Write down what is bothering you. Writing it down and seeing it on paper, will help to provide some perspective on what it is that is causing you stress. Then divide your paper in half. On one side list the “stressors” you can change, and on the other side list those that you can not change. Try to let go of the things you can’t change and try to fix the ones that you can change. Better yet, do this in your journal. That way you can look back and notice how you’ve grown!
Find out and target what it is that is stressing you out. If it is just your job, then think about switching careers. If it is your family, then work on the issues you have with them. Really zone in on what’s causing your stress and then deal with the root of the problem. Communication is the key and that includes communicating with yourself!
Many reports talk about rising cortisol levels and other hormones that increase when we are under stress. These excess circulating hormones can cause other health problems so it really makes sense to learn useful techniques for controlling, managing or just letting go of stress. Here’s a little something I do when I’m under stress . . . I go back to the book The Four Agreements which usually reminds me that I am violating one of them. Here are the Four Agreements for you to reflect on are as follows:
Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.