With how busy we keep ourselves on a day to day basis, it ís no wonder that so many of us suffer from stress. Stress is something that is almost impossible to avoid, because of the way that we are wired. Having said that, stress can be easily dealt with in many ways.
Exercise – We all know how important exercise is. Exercise has the ability to relax both your mind and your body. One of the big advantages that exercise has is that it forces you to get out, and to maintain some balance. If your working a lot, and are having a hard time getting other things done in life, you can easily make a deal with yourself to get out for a walk everyday at lunch time. This will allow you to clear your head and be more focused in your work, and also it will allow you time to relax, spend some time with nature, and remember that a physical wellness has a huge impact on mental wellness
Reward – It is important to reward yourself on a regular basis. Too often we get into patterns where we work too much, sleep to little, and run our body into the ground. To avoid this get into the habit of taking breaks daily, weekly and monthly. Get up during the day from your work, and go for a walk. Take a weekend get away to freshen up your mind from your work. Take a yearly trip to experience something different from the 9-5 grind back home.
Balance – Living a balanced life is very important to maintain limited stress. Balance doesn’t mean trying to do too many things at once. Balance means that you work to live, not live to work. Having fun is just as important as paying attention to your family, friends and hobbies.
Values – Take a moment to think about the things that are the most important for you in your life. Often times when we are living according to other people’s standards and not by our values there is an increase of stress in our days.
Planning – There is also an element of stress in unplanned situations. Unknowns cause us to worry, and to get stressed out about situations that we could have taken a little time to plan ahead for. So plan ahead if you can, unless the idea of the unknown is exciting to you of course!
Most of all remember: whatever happens you have the tools to deal with it. Being relaxed is the key. Nothing is worth stressing out about. In fact, the more you believe that there is nothing you can’t deal with the more you will be effective in resolving life’s challenges. It might be helpful to remember that no matter what may happen the sun will always rise tomorrow and you will be still alive.
Sometimes you may need extra help in reshaping negative thinking patterns around stressful situations. With the help of a hypnotherapist you can learn how to shift your thinking so your mind can work for you rather than against you.