The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. ~William James
Stress: We cannot live with or without it. One of the challenges of life is balancing insufficient stress, (boredom), with too much pressure. I thought it would be helpful to write a post about some of the most helpful ways that I have found to manage stress. I hope reading this brings you a sense of calm, peace and serenity. Namaste.
1. Comedy: On average adults laugh 15 times a day, compared to children that laugh 400 times a day. Find something funny..just find a reason to laugh.
2. Set realistic expectations for yourself. If you are having a rough day, outline the accomplishments that you achieved on a good day, recognize your strengths and give yourself grace.
3. Forgive others and carry less grudges. When we choose to hold on to anger and resentment we punish ourselves the most.
4. Set a schedule and optimize your time. The routine and order will bring a sense of regulation.
5. Don't dwell on the past or anticipate tomorrow's "what might happen". Live in the present moment and focus on the day at hand.
6. Take a time out each day to relax: Take a warm bath, go for a walk, read a book, or listen to some music.
7. Do something for another person that can never repay you. It is proven that giving increases happiness.
8. Talk about your worries with another. Reach out and ask for support.
9. Do your best and let go of the facade of perfectionism.
10. Get a good night's sleep.
11. Eat healthy, nutritious meals and get some exercise.
12. Clean and organize your living environment. Chaos and disorganization leads to higher stress levels.
13. Get a massage or relax in a jacuzzi to unwind muscles.
14. Drink enough water and water and stay hydrated.
15. Practice meditation and yoga or Tai Chi.
16. Practice progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing exercises.
17. Incorporate aromatherapy: it only takes 2 seconds for aroma to enter the brain and reduce physical and emotional stressors.
18. Drink some soothing herbal tea.
19. Eat chocolate: it contains theobromine and phenylethlamine antidepressants that are believed to trigger the release of neurochemicals that give us a natural high.
20. Take herbal supplements like St. John's Wort and Kava Kava.
21 Lastly, visualize places of peace and serenity..choose positive thoughts and conversations. Allow yourself to pace the stimuli that you take in.