5 Ways to Reduce Stress
Stress takes a hold of all of us sometimes and it can be difficult to relax and stop the habit. I know stress has been major in my life, but with the following tips I am happy to say that I am getting a lot better at navigating the flare-ups. Here are the tips that have helped me:
- Breathe. I know that’s so cliché, but it works. Try the 4-count breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Seriously, it works.
- Eat well. I have been eating well for about 4–5 years now. I am not saying I am perfect, I do treat myself, but I don’t eat fast food unless it’s a salad and the occasional grass-fed burger at my favorite spot.
- Do the things you like. If you feel like all you do is work, stop and take a break to do something you like. It is so worth it to have the joy of what you love to do fill your space.
- Journal. I am a huge proponent of journaling; in fact, I have a journal prompt eBook coming out soon. That’s how much I believe in it. Journaling out your complete and honest feelings is one of the best ways to release them. I used to say things like, “I’ve let that go,” but I had to repeat it over again. When you journal it out every time it rises, it rises less. I promise. Try it.
- Get a good night’s sleep. I have only had trouble sleeping a few times in my life and I hated it. Journaling helps with this. Sometimes the reason you can’t sleep is because there are so many issues or loose ends floating around in your mind, but if you write them down they can be gone for the night, and in some cases forever.
- Deal with the things you need to deal with. Things don’t just go away, you must make them go away, so make them go away. Deal with the things in your life that you need to deal with. One foot in front of the other, slowly but surely deal with your life. Confront who you need to confront, order what you need to order, do the real things.
There you have it. Try these 6 things and leave me a comment about how your stress levels have changed. I am always hoping the best for you. You have a digital cheerleader, get it girl!