Reducing Stress

Reducing Stress

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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You are stressed about finances, the kids, work and school. When does it end? There is always something to do. Your mind never stops. You are always two to three steps ahead. Or, you’re filled with regrets about the past.

Make time your friend. Keep in mind, there is always time. You can count on that. When you feel like you always have to keep up with the Joneses, you will never measure up. All this does is add unnecessary stress to your life.

Here are 6 simple tips to help reduce stress in your life:

  1. Take a yoga class. This is a great way to get the mind and body connection. This will help you slow down. It’s not only good for you physically, but it is good for you emotionally. It will help release endorphins in the brain, which always feels good.
  2. Rest your mind. Set aside 10 minutes a day to breathe and close your eyes. I know you feel that is too much time. But, it really isn’t. Make sure you clear your mind. If thoughts come up don’t judge them, just let them be. Now, I know you’re thinking that is a waste of time. That’s because you have trained your brain to think this way. Start retraining your brain today, by letting it rest.
  3. Stop and smell the roses. It’s time to…

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Are you overwhelmed by stress? If you said yes, then you are like many Americans. Research shows that 60% of people in poor health, have high levels of stress. So, what are you stressing about? Money, work, kids, relationships and the list goes on.

I think the biggest lesson I have learned being a Marriage & Family Therapist is, we can’t go back and we can’t predict the future. If you stress about any of these things and you don’t stop. You are putting your health at risk.

What happened to faith? To something much more powerful than any human being. Why are we losing our faith, and letting stress take over? You focus on what you don’t have, rather than what you do have. The never enough syndrome. Once you buy a house, you want a bigger one and so on. It never stops. This leaves you feeling depleted and overwhelmed.

Here are 10 tips to help you reduce stress:


  1. Stop relying on caffeine to get you through the day. There is nothing wrong with a second cup of coffee, now and then. But, you don’t want to rely on it. If you are prone to anxiety, then you want to avoid it all together. It can increase anxiety and stress. I think back to the days before Starbucks, where there were no to…

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