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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6 Powerful Steps to Leave Your Comfort Zone

We enjoy the security and predictability of our daily routines. We’re afraid of rejection, judgment, and failure.  We avoid risk and the unknown. We go from exploring and taking risks every day as children, to holding ourselves back, playing it safe, and ultimately limiting our personality, capability, and potential.

comfort zone relates to anxiety levels.  It is defined in psychology as an artificial mental boundary. A place or situation where one feels safe, comfortable, in control, or at ease and without stress.

In layman’s terms: a behavior pattern that fits a predictable routine to minimize stress; where we feel most at home.

It’s easy being comfortable and there’s nothing wrong with having somewhere familiar to return to. But too much comfort can make us lazy and kill productivity.
You can’t motivate yourself to make real improvement while feeling content.  You’ll find yourself doing only enough to get by.  Leading to missed opportunities and regret.
It takes a lot of courage to break yout of our comfort zone, but it can be a great for your self-esteem and provide lasting happiness and fulfillment.Learning to face the unknown not only becomes easier with practice, but can be very liberating and surprisingly habit forming.
 

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