Ten Tips to Manage Stress

Lynns 2010 006Stress seems to be the buzz word these days. Everyone is stressed out. Sometimes it feels as though we are in competition to see who is the busiest. In the process of writing my book on wellness, Health Coach Wisdom, I discovered that we have the power not only to manage stress but to eliminate it. Stress is merely our response to change. By changing your attitude you can relieve your stress even when we have no control over our outer circumstances. There are many things we can do to prepare and support ourselves through life’s ups and downs.There are physical and mental strategies we can draw upon such as

1. Eating nutritious foods- The foods you eat affect your moods and can help you reduce your stress level. Eating fresh whole foods from the food groups provides your brain and body with the vitamins and minerals you need to make it through the day smoothly and with high energy.

2. Eat breakfast- Eating breakfast gets your metabolism going and helps you think clearly and calmly.

3. Hydrate with water- Your brain is made up of mostly water and needs about 8 cups per day to you think and stay focused. Reduce caffeine by cutting back on sodas, coffee and tea.

4. Move- Get up and move 5 minutes out of every 55 to help you channel nervous energy into productive energy. This helps your blood sugar to stay even as well.

5. Breathe deeply and fully- Every time you catch yourself holding your breath, stop and say to yourself ” Breathe” and take 3 long, slow deep breaths. The oxygen will refresh and calm you.

6. Close your eyes- When you feel stress rising, stop and close your eyes for one minute. This helps your brain to calm down so you can focus and think rationally.

7. Slow down- Are you rushing through your life? We are more productive when we slow down and are conscious of our actions.

8. Check your thinking- Do you tend to make things bigger than they are? Do you create a catastrophe out of every little thing? Don’t paralyze yourself with fear. Stay in the present and have faith that everything will work out.

9. Ask for help- Don’t try to do it all yourself.

10. Be your own best friend- Having compassion for yourself will lower your stress. Often times we are hardest on ourselves and that creates the most pressure. Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend.

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