5 Simple Steps to Take When You’re Feeling Stressed

“Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle.”
~Bill Phillips

 

I’m starting to notice that managing stress plays a huge role in our lives.  It influences our motivation levels, what we get accomplished, how we feel, and how happy we are on a daily basis.

I’m learning how to effectively manage stress as I juggle personal relationships, a career, school, the blog, public speaking, and the gym – all while trying to keep up on everyday tasks and allowing myself time to relax!

Think of the last goal you didn’t accomplish.  Did you really not have the time?  Was it really too difficult or not for you?  Or was it stress that pushed you off course?

Stress arises when we encounter something we feel we cannot cope with.  It is a physical or emotional response to a situation.  And is often described as feeling overwhelmed, worried, or run down.

A little stress here and there can be good.  It can give us the boost we need to get through difficult situations or meet important deadlines.  But chronic stress can be emotionally overwhelming and damage our mind and body.

Left untreated, chronic stress can have a negative impact on our health.  It increases our risk for depression, heart disease, and obesity.

Effects of stress on the body:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Clinching Jaws
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weakened Immune System

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3 Big Things About Life That You Forget

Even with the increase in technologies that promise to give us more free time, we still find ways to pack our schedules and live increasingly frantic lives. With slowing down not being an option, it’s common to find ourselves in a perpetual state of autopilot.

 

Here are 3 things you need to remind yourself of sometimes.

1) You can do whatever you want in life.

You can’t forget that you’re in charge.  You get to choose the life you live.  Only you have the power to create the life you want. Take Action!  Life is not a spectator sport. Life is too short not to pursue your dreams.  Stop procrastinating. Take a risk and work towards what fulfills you. Anything is possible and it’s never too late to start.

2) All you have is now.

You can’t forget that life is a gift and tomorrow is not guaranteed.  Your loved ones will not always be there. The best gift you can give them is your attention.  Be Mindful; realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.  Choose wisely how you live and how you treat others.  Stop worrying about your schedule, email, and news feed.  Focus on the present moment; focus on now.

3) You’re not in control.

You can’t forget that control is an illusion. Life is uncertain and unexpected things are going to happen. There are unforeseen struggles on the horizon that will leave you feeling powerless. Ruminating and trying to think of all possible scenarios actually makes things worse. All we can do is enjoy the time that we have with each other and practice gratitude.

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10 Powerful Steps to Stop Overthinking

Do you…

  • Take an excessive amount of time thinking about decisions?
  • Stay up at night, twisting things around trying to see every possible scenario?
  • Over analyze something positive until it doesn’t appear very positive anymore?
  • Immediately think of all the bad that’s going to happen if you do something?

If you answered yes to any of these, you aren’t alone. Problems making decisions because we fear being wrong or want to mitigate risk happens to us all at some point.

Psychologists call this rumination, or overthinking.

Overthinking is a learned habit; a defensive mechanism to the possibility of failure. Overthinkers are vulnerable to continued sadness, negative thinking, weakened ability to solve problems, and irrational thought patterns.

With our increased capacity to think, this is inevitable. Thinking things through in a logical manner is one thing, but analysis paralysis is another. Focusing on every small detail can make you lose sight of the big picture.
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