Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. From minor challenges to major crises, stress is part of life. While a little stress is good — it keeps us focused and motivated — too much of it can become overwhelming and take a toll on our well-being. Just as bad are unhealthy coping methods to deal with stress. Turning to food, alcohol, drugs, or compulsive shopping often just turns one set of problems into another that can balloon out of control. It’s better to avoid those unhealthy coping mechanisms from the start and find good ways to keep our stress under control. And because we can not always control our circumstances, we need to learn how to control the way we respond to them.
Furthermore, for many of us, relaxation means flopping on the couch and zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. Rather, you need to activate your body’s natural relaxation response, a state of deep rest that puts the brakes on stress, slows your breathing and heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and brings your body and mind back into balance.
Below find 6 highly effective, and proven strategies to tame your stress and keep it at bay:
1- Yoga Nidra – Guided Meditation – The practice of Yoga Nidra (aka “psychic sleep”) will take you to deep states of calmness and tranquility where you’ll feel your body asleep and your mind awake. With constant practice of Yoga Nidra, you will have access to your subconscious mind, where you’ll be able to break through self-limiting beliefs and achieve the transformation that you wish for yourself and for your life. Get it now through this link: YOGA NIDRA GUIDED MEDITATION
2 – Use your breath – Focusing on your breath is a powerful tool. Learn breathing techniques that ease anxiety, depression, and other stress-related issues. During moments of stress, your thoughts may be drawn toward past regrets and worries about the future. Thankfully, you possess a readily accessible and free tool that can be used to manage stress — your breath.
3- Mindfulness Meditation – Using mindfulness to stay focused on the present might seem straightforward, but it takes practice to reap all the benefits. When you first start practicing, you’ll likely find that your focus keeps wandering back to your worries or regrets. But don’t get disheartened. Each time you draw your focus back to the present, you’re strengthening a new mental habit that can help you break free of fretting about the past or stressing about the future.
4- Get your “z”s – Get enough rest and sleep. Lack of sleep itself is a stress trigger factor. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events -7 to 9 hours of sleep.
5- Practice Yoga – While you’re likely to reap immediate benefits from a single yoga session, you’re likely to receive long-term benefits if you incorporate it into your life in a consistent way. Yoga offers a variety of physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits.
6- Exercise – Physical activity is key to managing stress and improving mental health. And the best news is, there are many different kinds of activities that can reduce your stress. Keep in mind that there are many different ways to get more physical activity in your day too. Exercise online inside, or outside. Also, try walking, strength training, kayaking, cycling, swimming, hiking, and spin class are just a few different examples of ways you can get stress relief.
These are highly effective and proven healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life. Find something you like doing that you can work into your schedule, to help you feel less stressed and calmer.
Wish you great health, joy, and serenity.
Keep me posted on your progress, and let me know your concerns.
Much Love and Gratitude,