5 Ways To Take Control Of Stress Levels
Are you too busy being busy? The struggle is real but there's a difference between being super busy and constantly feeling downright overwhelmed. When you can't escape stress if becomes a physical problem that leads to:
- Muscle pain
- High blood pressure
- Weakened immune system
- Heart disease
Unfortunately, letting go of stress is a hard thing to do. Even when we know what we should do, we seem to have a hard time doing it. To illustrate, a study conducted by the British Psychological Society showed that people disregard what their doctors tell them about the impact of stress on their health.
The truth is, we all need to take a good look at ourselves and take action to boost our wellbeing in all areas of our lives. If you are experiencing chronic stress, you very possibly may be experiencing other health issues. So here are some simple things you can do to stop the cycle and start getting healthier.
Letting go of stress isn't easy. Studies show many disregard warnings from their doctor about the impacts of stress on their health. Yikes!
Read below to learn 5 ways you can take control of your stress level and protect yourself from chronic illness:
- Learn to Say No (without the guilt!): being asked to help or to go to an event or socialise makes you feel good. You feel needed and valued. But saying yes to too many things can lead to overwhelm… and stress. Instead of focusing on the good you’re doing, you’re struggling to balance all the balls you have in the air.
If what you’re often saying yes to is work-related, talk to your supervisor to get a handle on what is most urgent. That will help you to prioritise and take off some of the stress. As for activities out of work, look closely at what is most important to you, then beg off or ask for help with the others. Sometimes you just have to tell people that you’ve taken on too much and need a break. And for now, stop saying yes until you feel like you’re back in control of your life. It is YOUR LIFE and you have the power to take some time out when you need it. If you struggle with guilt, know that you saying no and actually taking some time out, benefits all!
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- Create Healthy Habits: committing to one small healthy habit each week may help combat the effects of stress and put you on a path toward taking more health-enhancing steps in the future. Start simple by committing to drinking more water or cutting out caffeine or alcohol. Take a daily 15-minute walk to clear your head and get some fresh air and exercise. Add fresh fruit to your diet. You will be surprised by what a big difference it makes creating healthy habits.
- Get Better Sleep: a lack of sleep taxes your body and adds to your sense of stress. It also creates an endless loop, as the more you worry about lack of sleep, the harder it is to get to sleep. Better sleep habits can make a big difference. Try going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every day. Make sure your room is dark, cool, and quiet. Turn off the TV and your devices two hours prior to going to bed (this includes answering emails or scrolling through Facebook!) Your mind needs that wind down time at night in order to switch off and have a restful night’s sleep.
- Add Meditation or 10-Minutes of Stop Time Each Day: meditation has been proven to help lower stress levels and clear the mind. There are plenty of apps, books, and videos to help you learn the basics. Adding just ten minutes a day of meditation, or stop time doing something you enjoy (like taking a stroll or reading a book) can make a big difference.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. Today say to yourself over and over “I am feeling relaxed and peaceful” and know you’re worth it!
Yours in health and happiness,