Are there some days that your mind is racing, your to do list is getting longer, and it seems like time is never on your side? Everyone has had a stressful day and/or days that never seem to end. This is not healthy or fun. Stress leads to many health issues and we want you to be calm, healthy, and happy.
On a personal note, I work a very stressful job well a couple actually. I am working one and my other is my dream job, so as I am saving to make the transition, I have to learn how to balance and do my best on all levels. I can honestly say I fell short on a lot of areas but it takes some reflecting and refining to get back on track. Here are five ways to create the calm.
Before we get started I want to mention this won’t change your life overnight, it takes time and practice. I can say if you set the intention, make it a practice, and pay attention to your stress triggers you can and will have a calmer lifestyle.
1. Breathe– It seems so simple but it can be hard at times. Stop right now and check your breathing. Many of us breathe short and backwards. When you inhale your stomach should expand and when you exhale your belly button should move inward towards your spine. Practice taking long deep breaths for two minutes. Here are some breathing exercises that will help you as well.
2. Pay attention – What is your biggest stressor? Once you identify what or who it is, see what you can change about the situation. Any type of difficulty is a lesson that we need to learn about ourselves so start to ask the right questions and make empowering decisions. Also pay attention to the big picture, what you want to change, and the things you are doing to add or release the stress.
3. Practice self-care – Don’t forget to make yourself a priority. If you don’t take care of you, you can’t take care of anyone or anything at your highest capacity. We all need time out for ourselves to recharge, have fun, and enjoy life. Find fun activities that you enjoy, exercise is essential, and quiet time always helps.
4. Munch wisely – Our taste buds play tricks on us when we are stressed, we tend to reach for sugary or highly salty foods that don’t serve any purpose for a healthy outcome. If you are feeling overwhelmed and you start to think about that candy, chips, or soda stop. Ask yourself am I really hungry? Will I feel better after this snack? What am I really feeding? Take a time out and think long term.
5. Stay focused – There is a bigger purpose in all of this. Pray and then meditate, and ask for the lesson and direction. Once you get the answer, lead your live with a purpose aligned with your higher source. You will have tests and distractions along the way but don’t allow yourself to fall short and off your purpose.
I hope these tips helped for releasing stress long term.
Share your thoughts in the comments, what do you do to release stress?
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