Updated: Jul 24
Oftentimes, stress will manifest when we carry over yesterday’s concerns into our present day concerns while also worrying about tomorrow. This constant accumulation of stress has numerous negative impacts on you (such as increased risks of heart disease, depression, anxiety, and more). This is not good for your mental, emotional, or physical health. Therefore, we must be able to “dump” all of our concerns from the previous days and concentrate wholly on our today… even if only for a moment.
So here are 3 stress fighting tips to help ease your day:
Stress Fighting Tip #1
Make a serious attempt to release every thought from yesterday and only be mindful of the right now: this thought only... this breath only... this moment only. Take in three very deep breaths and slowly release each one.
As you breathe in, think about joyful and relaxing things or people that make you happy. As you breathe out, picture your problems dissolving away into the air: every concern… every problem… and every unresolved moment. For now, you are only to be in this very moment. Yes, you may eventually have to deal with some of them later, but they need not consume your whole day (nor every day).
Find your inner quiet place. Go deep inside to a place where you feel that you are at peace and then, relax and breathe in deeply. Enjoy the feeling of being at one and at peace within yourself.
Use this time and place to calm yourself. Free your mind and body of all worry, all regret, all disappointment, all anger, and grief. Try to do this for at least 5 minutes every day (or any time you start to feel overwhelmed).
Practice this act of quiet and calm each day and you will see that you will accomplish so much more. At the first sign of being stressed, go back to this mindful, quiet place and start all over again until you have reached your inner place of calm.
Stress Fighting Tip #2
Make a list of 50 activities that relax you or bring you (and only you) happiness. This is NOT the time to think about everyone else’s needs. These activities can be whatever you like (for example: rocking your baby, taking a quick stroll, gardening, swimming, reading, etc.) as long as they fill you up! Do at least one activity from your list every day. Free your mind of thoughts and focus only on the task at hand. Be fully present in the moment.
Stress Fighting Tip #3
Another highly effective tip for yourself and your health is to simply eat, drink and rest!
Stress is easily brought on by not eating and drinking properly. When you don’t get the number of hours of sleep that you need each night, you are only setting yourself up for additional stress. You’ll be extra irritable and moody.
Limit the amount of salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol in your diet. Drink plenty of water each day and try to do at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise. Not only does this help to relieve stress, but this will breathe new life into your skin, hair and vital organs.
Again, take time to breathe properly! Take deep breaths from your belly to send oxygen to all of your body. Laugh and then laugh some more. It is food for the soul! Spend time doing the things that please you most.
When we are content and living a balanced life, every day stresses seem to fade away because we’re focused on what matters. And where your focus goes, your energy flows. When we focus on the positive and trust that everything will be alright, we are better equipped to deal with the unexpected.
You can take control today! Identify one particular stressor in your life and then work on it until you regain control. At the very least, remember to believe that things will get better and allow your actions to follow!
I know that all of these tips can be easier said than done, but it’s all the more reason to be intentional about the life you’re creating for yourself.
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Blessings & Abundance
Your Resident Mindset Coach,