The world we live in sometimes feels like its on permanent fast forward, don’t you think? I’m going to be honest when I say I actually like when it is busy, but I am someone who likes life to be simple and uncomplicated too, I don’t enjoy or cope well with drama or stress. I have however had a pretty tubulent year, and though I couldn’t have done it on my own (my friends and family have been amazing) it has taught me one or two techniques to help me and maybe you. Lets face it life is for living and we should do everything we can to reach happiness and contentment in our lives.
Travel is a passion of mine and helps me to put life into perspective – Israel
Here are my 5 tips to cope with a stressful times.
Sit up, close you eyes and breath.
- Place your feet roughly hip-width apart.
- Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it.
- Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Slow down your breathing, empty your mind if you can.
- Keep doing this for three to five minutes.
Travel plans or any other passion that you have
Whatever it is that is your passion, it could be reading a good book, spending time with the children or like me writing and making plans to travel, as well as actual travelling too. Find the time to make plans, write lists, move forward and think positively.
Reach out to family and friends. That old adage, of a problem shared is a problem halved, it really is true! Sometimes people can see something from another angle, offer advice or just listen. Keeping things inside can churn you up, making things seem worse than they are. Some studies show that stress like this can cause heartburn and indigestion, try talking as a release of this.
Exercise has a positive effect on the body
Increasing blood flow to the body and the brain it stimulates the nervous system in many positive ways.
- Exercise produces beta-endorphins, which induce a natural ‘high’ and will also improve your mood.
- Exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety.
- Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety.
All this can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and life.
Stay Positive –
I know that is really hard, but try and think positively.
- Try to only use positive words when talking
- Try to push out all feelings that aren’t positive
- Try using more positive words when you describe what is stressing you
- Have you tried positive affirmation?
- Believe in yourself, and that things will get better
Surround yourself with the people you love. I know it sounds strange, but try laughing, it can lower cortisol which is a hormone known as the stress hormone.
This post is in conjunction with Rennie® but all thoughts are my own.