Reducing Stress

Reducing Stress

Reduce Holiday Stress And Feel Good About It.

The Holiday season has begun. Do you look forward to it? Or, do you just hope and pray that you will get through it? It really doesn’t have to be that stressful. Remember, this is the season of being thankful, and spending time with loved ones.

It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the Holiday’s. Which Christmas party should you go to? Did you get the right gift for your child or spouse? Is there enough food? Is your niece allergic to dairy? If so, how should you make the mashed potatoes? And, all that other stuff. Don’t let this get in the way of enjoying the Holiday season.

Here are 5 tips that can help reduce stress during the holiday season:

  1. Acknowledge your feelings. It’s easy to put everyone else first during this time of year, and yourself last. When you do this you can feel tired and burnout. You may also start to feel resentful, and that others aren’t doing enough for you. It’s alright to let people know how you are feeling. Maybe, the holiday season makes you feel blue. Let your friends and family know that, and let them know why.
  2. Stick to a budget.There is so much out there to buy, and there are so many good sales. If you don’t plan ahead, you may end up in…

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Release your stress and relax.

Don’t let stress and anxiety take the joy out of life. It can come out of nowhere and ruin everything. It’s unfortunate, but many people let stress get the best of them.

When was the last time you snapped at a co-worker for no reason? Slept through the alarm? Or, didn’t have anything to say? This is what can happen when you feel overwhelmed, or stressed out. Little things can set you off.

When you feel stressed, things can actually get worse rather than better. Here are 5 tips that will help you reduce the stress in your life, and relax:

  1. Learn positive self-talk. It’s easy to get stuck in your head. We all have a running dialogue in our head. It can either build you up, or bring you down. When you make a mistake, what do you say to yourself? Do you say you are a dummy for doing that? Or, do you say we all make mistakes, maybe in the long run you will learn from this. Start to replace your negative self-talk with positive self-talk. Start now, tell yourself that you deserve love and care. By doing this you are starting to retrain your brain.
  2. Teach yourself to self-soothe.When you are under a lot of stress and are faced with an anxiety provoking situation, it’s easy to go into fight or flight.…

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The best thing you can do for your family is take care of yourself first.

Work, Work, Work! When does it end? We live in a society, where you are taught to work hard. You must earn that next promotion! That means endless hours at the office. But, you need to be careful that next promotion can come with a cost. That cost is you and your family.

You are also led to believe that when you make more money, you will be happier. But, when you get a raise you are worried about the next raise. What this means, is that more money doesn’t mean you will be happy. You can also put your health at risk. When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? Or, spent quality time with your family?

Here are 7 tips that will help you reduce stress at work:

  1. Give yourself a break. It’s easy to work through the day, and not take one break. Everybody needs to take breaks. This will help clear your mind, and will keep your more focused a the office and at home. If you need to, schedule your breaks. Set an alarm, so you will remember. Start with 10 minutes and then work up to 20 minutes. A break means no electronics gadgets, and away from your desk. If the weather is nice, then get outside. You could really use the extra Vitamin D.
  2. Learn to accept influence…

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You aren't a machine, you need to take a break.

Stress can happen to anyone, at anytime. You tend to just go and go. As human beings, we are not meant to go all the time. Remember, you are not a machine. You need to STOP, and take breaks.

For some reason the common belief, is that the more you do the better you are. All this leads to is burnout and feelings of resentment. Then, a crisis hits and everything explodes. The crisis may be a result of doing too much, and not letting go.

Here are 7 tips for reducing stress during a crisis:

  1. Get enough rest. You don’t have to finish every last project before you go to bed. I see this all the time, people put sleep last on the priority list. Sleep is how your body recharges. When you don’t get enough sleep you are more forgetful, and more stressed out. This is when your brain and body rest. As I said earlier, we aren’t meant to go all the time. When was the last time you had a good night’s rest? If you can’t remember, then you are long overdue. Sleep at least 8 hours a night. Or, sleep how much you need to, to feel rested. That’s what is important.
  2. Work in small rewards daily to your schedule. You work hard and you want to enjoy life. Start to take…

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You hear about stress all the time these days. Stress can be sneaky, it pops up at the worst times. When you are leaving for work or picking your child up from school. Here it comes again. You wonder how you will do everything that you need to. The first thing you need to tell yourself, is that you don’t have to do everything.

This is the biggest mistake women make. You are worried about letting others down. This is where you need to go easy on yourself. You will let others down, as they will let you down, and that’s alright. You aren’t perfect, and neither is anyone else.

Here are 7 tips to help you get the stress in your life under control:

  1. Connect with others. As human beings we need to be in a relationship with others. This means all kinds of relationships. Hang out with friends. Call/text a friend if you haven’t heard from them in a while. Plan weekend getaways with your partner, family and friends. The inner ear, face, heart and stomach are wired together in the stomach. Therefore, socially interacting with another person, making eye contact, listening in an attentive and interested way, and talking - can quickly calm you down and put the brakes on a defensive stress response like, “fight-or-flight.”
  2. Don’t be afraid to say no. It’s…

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