There are such a thing as mindful ways to reduce stress.
For many stress can easily creep into our lives and before we know it. Rob us of our happiness, outlook and patience.
Reducing stress in today’s world has to be a conscious choice otherwise before we know it we have normalized stress in our lives and instead of finding relief. We have adapted around it and made it a part of our life instead of requesting it move out.
Medical News Today quotes stress as: “Stress, in everyday terms, is a feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with demands.These demands can be related to finances, work, relationships, and other situations, but anything that poses a real or perceived challenge or threat to a person’s well-being can cause stress.”
Many years ago someone shared this quote with me:
An Angel says: Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow an it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”
17 Ways You Can Mindfully Reduce Stress in Your Life Today:
- Go to bed on time. What does that look like? I can imagine watching T.V. until nearly midnight is not what we had in mind.
- Get up a few minute earlier than planned and take some time to be silent, meditate and visualize how your day is going to be great.
- Learn to say “no”. Say no to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, your vision, or may compromise your mental and emotional health.
- Allow others to help you. If they did’t want to help, they shouldn’t have asked. And that my friend is not your concern.
- Allow extra time. Cutting it close or under budgeting time because you think that will make others happy will eventually backfire. Consider allowing more time and getting there or done early. Now that is a bonus!
- Have a back up. Have a back up plan, a back up car key, a back up babysitter, a back up ride home. Anything. We think that takes too much time to prepare. But imagine how long it takes to find something that was never planned for?
- K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble, concern and pain. Ask yourself: “is what I am about to say helping or hurting”? And go from there.
- Eat right. Start with one right choice. An apple. A glass of water. No need to bulldoze your life today. Just add in one new food or simply drink more water and see where it takes you.
- Listen to relaxing music, or guided meditations. Choose uplifting or motivating broadcasts or shows. Stay away from music, broadcasts and entertainment that only causes more pain, confusion, agitation, and anger. You can choose what you listen to.
- Laugh. Every single day. Laugh. Laugh so hard you cry. And better yet, laugh with a friend. Laughter releases endorphins that you desperately need to stay happy.
- Keep a gratitude journal. When is the last time you really stopped and reflected on all you have to be grateful for. The news and social media do a good job of showing us where we are imperfect and lacking. Remind yourself you have so much to be grateful for.
- Surround yourself with people who lift you up rather than tear you down.
- Take ONE DEEP BREATH before you say or do anything more.
- Be kind to unkind people. Kindness matters. Being kind doesn’t mean you agree with them, or even want to be their best friend. But if you won’t be kind, then who will be?
- Slow down. Most of us are all in overdrive in multiple areas of our lives. What’s the hurry? What if you will get there at the exact right time, every time?
- Live within your budget. It’s not something we all want to hear. And there are times in life you need to take a leap. But when is the last time you wrote down all your expenses and asked yourself “is this necessary? what value does this bring to my life”? Hard truth, most of it is unconscious spending and as a result we are unable to afford the essentials.
- Meditate, pray, practice yoga. You don’t have to do them all. But when is the last time you unplugged with something that will plug you back in?
Stress can be overwhelming and even debilitating. As someone who has overcame a life strangling eating disorder, anxiety, and depression it comes down to choices. Do I want to get better or don’t I. I know this may not be what you want to hear. But I struggled to move into recovery for years. Get hep for years. But the shame was so overwhelming I couldn’t handle it.
I eventually got to the place were not moving forward. Not getting help. Not adopting new ways of dealing with stress, anxiety and discomfort and continuing to use my self-destructive methods no longer worked for me. I hated it. I not only didn’t want to live that way. But I wanted out. Finally I choose the discomfort of something new. And the overwhelm of getting help over the constant cycle of stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviors.
How did I do that?
With many of the stress reducing practices listed above. Not all at once. Bit by bit. With professional guidance and encouragement. And surrounding myself with people that supported me in that process. Rather than those that just stressed me out even more. I want to let you know I am here to support you.