November 2, 2017 by Cathy Brown
“Once you accept, truly accept, that stuff will happen to you and there is nothing you can do about it, stress miraculously leaves your life”. – Srikumar Rao
In my coaching, I often ask clients if you could waive your magic wand and remove one thing that wastes the most time and causes useless pain and frustration, what would it be? The answer I overwhelmingly receive is STRESS!
Life is almost too full… with work, taking care of the kids, keeping the house in a semblance of order and the list goes on and on. On top of all that many of us (me included) stress over what we didn’t get done as we are ready to drop from exhaustion. Anybody relate to that?
We often experience a constant feeling of nervousness and fear over too much to do. Here are 3 ways to reduce that life killing feeling of STRESS from a wonderful article by the Abundance Project, published in 6/22/2016, “3 ways you can reduce the stress in your life and find happiness, peace, and abundance.”
Alter Your Perception: Sometimes we get so caught up in our perception of reality, that we actually end up losing focus of what reality is. Remember that a situation only has power over you if you allow it to be so. Too often we create more stress for ourselves by taking on more stressful tasks and putting pressure on ourselves, when that’s not necessary at all. If you truly want to reduce stress, you have to become the master of your mental and emotional state. When that happens, your perception will change and you’ll be on your way to less stress.
Communicate Your Thoughts: Have you ever been so frustrated about a pressing task that you feel like you’ll explode? If you hold everything that your feeling inside, you probably will explode sooner or later. The key to avoiding a blowup is to be honest and open about your feelings. If you feel like you’re taking on too much at work, communicate with management that you need a short-term plan to ease the pressure. If you have things in your personal relationships that are bothering you, be honest with people and relieve some of the burden. I promise you’ll feel less stress if you communicate openly on a regular basis.
Exercise Regularly: I know this may sound like a broken record, but exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body and your mind. Keep in mind that you don’t have to go out and run a marathon to relieve our stress – you just must be active 3-4 times per week for at least 30 minutes or so. Even though it’s a short amount of time to spare, staying consistent with exercise will allow you to clear your head, refocus on your priorities, and relieve tension that stress adds to your life.
“Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.” – Andrew J. Bernstein
I am honest and open with my feelings.
I am committed to exercise at least 3 times each week.
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