Self-help books and magazine articles tell us. Our doctor and/or natural health care practitioners tell us. Chronic stress can be a major problem. It can exhaust us and make us sick - both physically and mentally.
So what can we do to stress less? Because this issue is so prevalent and important, justifiably it is given much attention in the media and within the health care context. At the risk of repeating popular advice, here are some tips to stress less!
Let's start with some of the more commonly given advice. The following points cannot be stressed enough (no pun intended....)
- Maintain a healthy diet - try not to go overboard in either direction, as balance is key.
- Try to get a few minutes of sunlight each day. Apart from giving you that hit of Vitamin D, it'll also help to brighten your mood.
- Strive to get an adequate amount of sleep each night.
- Grow and maintain a strong network of support and lead a passion-filled life (where your interests and passions are reflected in the way in which you spend your time).
- In terms of work stress, some experts advocate that in order to experience less stress, you should tackle the jobs that you dislike first. The logic is that in doing so, you'll get the 'worst' tasks out of the way and can then move on to more enjoyable projects. Other experts advise that you start your day doing a task that you enjoy as it is uplifting and will put you in a positive frame of mind. I would suggest that you explore both methods to determine which is ideal for you. Pay attention to both your emotional state and your productivity levels. Which approach maximizes both?
- The procrastination factor - We think that in avoiding a dreaded task, we'll also avoid the stress that tackling it will cause. Unfortunately, procrastination just makes it worse. Why? It can confirm our thoughts that the task is too daunting and we can't do it; it feeds our fears of failure; it makes the task seem more overwhelming, especially if in procrastinating we end up panicking last minute to complete it. It can also create a harmful mindset....one that works against you and your goals.
Check back for a continuation of this post, with more tips for stress reduction....
In the meantime, I'd love to hear what works well for you!
Moving you forward, WLS.