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Stress Less! Ways to Help Reduce Stress

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reduce stressStress is a normal part of everyday life, particularly when you're juggling numerous commitments at once. While stress is a healthy aspect of our daily lives and can often promote productivity, stress can be harmful and often debilitating, impacting severely on a person's life. It is important to be able to learn methods to help avoid or manage stress, but it is also important to be able to identify sources of stress in your life and how to minimise their effects.

Some people often experience symptoms of stress such as:

  • moodiness
  • interrupted sleep
  • anxiety
  • hypertension
  • chest pain.

A lot of time people don't even realize that they're suffering from the effects of elevated stress levels.

Although they may seem obvious, the most helpful ways to alleviate stress is to allocate enough time for rest, relaxation and exercise. Many of us lead busy lives, however it's vital for your mental, physical and emotional health to be able to integrate physical activity and movement into your routine.

Eating and Drinking

Reducing dietary stimulants is also a good starting point for eliminating stress from your life. Stimulants like caffeine and nicotine increase irritability as well as increase potential for emotional and physical exhaustion when their effects wear off and may impact negatively on your health. Think about the results you're searching for by using these substances and look for healthier alternatives.

Grab a pen and some paper and list the pro's and con's of your situation. Even though it sounds ridiculous, it's a great way to be able to brainstorm your ideas and problem solve without becoming overwhelmed. It allows you to clarify your problem and choose an appropriate option to implement.

Take some time each day to practice mindfulness

Though this technique takes a long time to master, being able to consistently sit and be truly mindful of your body and your surroundings allows for time to listen to your body's needs. Often when we're stressed and busy, we overlook our own needs in order to get the job done. Taking time to be mindful allows you to recentre yourself and be fully aware of your body.

If you happen to find yourself with two spare minutes, utilize this time. Correct your posture and attempt to clear your mind of any thought. Take care to notice your breath, how it feels when your chest expands or when the air passes through your nostrils. If you notice a thought, acknowledge it, without judgement and return your focus to your breath. It’s okay to find yourself distracted by thoughts, that’s how the mind works. The important part of this exercise is to be able to acknowledge the thoughts, without judgement and bring yourself and your focus back to your breath. Do this for as long as you like, whenever you can. Jon Kabat Zinn has written a range of books dedicated to mindfulness practice, with 'Mindfulness for Beginners' providing helpful tips for getting started and becoming comfortable with practising mindfulness in every day life.

Yoga

I also suggest doing some research in your local area to see if there's any restorative yoga classes available. These are great for taking an hour to let your body relax and refocus before getting back into your busy week. Once a week and I can promise you'll notice a difference in your attitudes to day to day occurances and your stress levels. Restorative yoga is a very low impact yoga class, which I often refer to as 'yoga nap time', passively opening the body to it's full extent and allowing you to reach your deepest level of relaxation. You can physically benefit from restorative yoga as well with the most notable effect being a decrease in your blood pressure.

Think positive

Seriously. Negative thinking often leads to catastrophising situations, which then leads to increased anxiety and stress. Negative thinking generally leads to decreased motivation to take positive action. When you're in a situation where you can only find faults, take a moment to regroup your thoughts and look at your position objectively. This allows room for rationalisation and lets you see things from a different perspective.

It's really important to trust yourself and trust your body. You know yourself best, and if you're feeling as though you're becoming too overwhelmed remember it's okay to say 'no'. Try not to commit to more than you're physically and mentally able to cope with. It's also perfectly acceptable to seek professional assistance to develop your own strategies for managing stress and safely coping with stressful situations in your life. Speaking to your local GP is often a great starting point for accessing appropriate support services.

 

Zen Meditation

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I have been looking into ways to make my life a bit calmer. I tend to be a bit, oh what do they say, moody. So I thought I would look into this whole zen thing. I have also know that zen is calming and can bring peace and serenity into your life. What exactly is zen then? Well Zen is about more that just words, it has a great way of life.Zen

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How to Increase Your Energy

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Who wouldn’t like to increase their energy? Ball of Energy
I am a busy Mom and I have no time for power naps of any kind. I work full time so the time I get at night is important to spend with my son.
So I have gone out and looked for different way to increase my energy and not feel so tired and run down. Here are a few do’s I found:
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Time Management Tools

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Time Management Tools

Time Management is important these days. Not only does it help lead a healthy stress-free life, but it all give us more family time. Here are some Time Management tools that might help.

While technology is at its most advanced state today, there remains to be a lot of things to juggle for a typical career-oriented individual. For most family-oriented people, there is the burden of juggling work, career, family and other factors involved in one’s social life.

The answer is Time Management. Most successful people are often asked about what their secret to success is. And more often than not, they have the same response, and that is “time management”. However, although this is almost an expected response, many are still baffled at how time management really works.

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Healthy Living Monday

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Thanks to the Mamavation Sistah’s for stopping by. This is going to be a short post. I hate repeating myself week after week so I am not going to now. I feel like a broken record. So let’s just say the scale jumped, more like a huge leap, forward and I am very disappointed in myself. I seem to be all talk and no action.

My goal this week:

Do something ANYTHING

I need to you know what or get off the pot as they say.  I have lots of stress going on which isn’t help in the slightest.  I need a vacation in a BIG way oh and a new job.

I am excited to see how Kim and Rachel have done I know they have worked so hard. Congrats ladies.

I have never tried Allwhites before. I normally get Egg Beater so I look forward to possible trying them.

Look forward to seeing everyone tonight.

Ten Techniques for Relaxation

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These ten relaxation techniques can save your life, because stress is more than just unpleasant. It’s also dangerous to your health. Disciplined practices such as meditation can help relieve that stress, but what if you don’t have the time or motivation? Maybe you need to try a few of these simple ways to relax.

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Stressed Out Kids

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Baseball practice, piano practice, dance class, after school activities, homework, family night, church activities! Are our kids doing too much? It’s an epidemic that is Stressed Out Kidssweeping through our homes. It’s about giving our kids what we never had growing up, but too much can be a bad thing.

When we too many extracurricular activities to our plates we miss out on some very valuable family moments. Not only that but stress is becoming more of an issue with kids.

If you want your child to participate in other activities, try limiting the number of extracurricular activities they are involved in. Let your child take the time to see which activities he really likes and stick with those. And please, don’t try to make the decisions for them just because it is something you did or always wanted to do.
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Me time for the Busy Mom

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Mothers are notorious for taking on more than they can handle. You’re a mother and you’re suppose to be able to do it all and be perfect at it. There’s a mother’s rule bookBusy Mom somewhere that says you can do it. Mothers can take on the world and not get tired. If you don’t do everything and not get tired , you get sent to the land of mother guilt. Dad’s can work come home sit in his favorite chair , watch TV and nobody makes him feel guilty. But if mom tries that , you’d think the world was coming to an end. In reality Mom’s get tired, mother’s become exhausted and every once in a while mother has to say “that’s enough” I need a break. There’s a few things you can do to get relieve.

*Insist on one night a month away from it all. A night out with the girls, join a club, play bridge, take a class for one night let dad baby sit and you get out of the house.

*Practice breathing exercises. This is something you can do while you’re taking a shower, making breakfast, or doing any of the dozens of things you’re expected to do. This gets the blood flowing and energizes the body.

*Take a fifteen minute nap. Do this before the kids get home for school or while the baby take its afternoon nap. Mothers need this afternoon pick-me-up.

*Let grandma baby sit while you take a fragrant bubble bath. Don’t forget the nice smelling candles. Just what a mother needs to relieve the stress.