Tip to help Reduce Stress

  • First of all, Seek Help:

    • Talking and Sharing really helps and its OK to feel overwhelmed with Stress and for the Male population; Its OK to cry too. Find a professional Therapist or a friend that can be impartial and non judgemental, who will listen empathy.
  • Acceptance:

    • Accept that there are things, times, situations, people and events that you cannot control or change.
  • Stay Positive: Keeping a positive attitude,

    • focusing on the positive outcomes will work better for you. We could say, its raining, Ill get wet, or we could say, its raining, its good I have my umbrella.
  • Move:

    • Going for a walk, a swim, attends an exercise class or returning to the gym. Just get yourself moving, you will feel better and more alive.
  • Gratitude and be Grateful:

    • At night time before sleeping, recall three things from your day that you are grateful for. Our normal night lens is the news that trains our brains to scan for all the negative things that has happen to us. Just using that same lens to scan for the positive things and being grateful for those will change the way the brain scans and will increase happiness.
  • Time Management:

    • Manage your time, give yourself time to get things done, allow realistic time frames, allow for unseen events, such as traffic, computer explosion, unexpected telephone call. Expect the unexpected.
  • Substance Abuse:

    • Alcohol or Drugs can and will take you into an altered state, where you can forget your problems. BUT, the affects wear off and the problems compound. Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs and reduce smoking.
  • Diet:

    • What you put in, you get out, same applies to that beautiful body, it needs to be fuelled with nutrition, especially during these Stress Periods. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Rest:

    • In our sleep time, our body repairs, our brain rejuvenates and our mind learns. It cannot do this if you do not sleep, so get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  • Take Control:

    • There are solutions to every problem. “If you remain passive, thinking, ‘I can’t” simply means you “wont” do anything about you problem’. Take back your Power.
  • Journaling:

    • The power of writing. Write down ONE positive thing that happened to you each day. This exercise will build up the brain scanning technique.
  • Be Present: Stay in the now.

    • Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow has not arrived yet, all you have is the Present. Yes it is a Present. Slow down, pay attention and focus on the now, you should feel less tense.
  • Decompress:

    • Go for a Massage or Mind yourself by placing a warm heat wrap around your neck and shoulders for 10 to 15 minutes with your eyes closed, just relax your body.
  • Meditation and Mindfulness:

    • Taking time out of your day to go into self. Slow down and simply breathe paying attention to your breath. Starting with a 10 minute meditation in the mindfulness of the breath will be a great place to start.
  • Spend time in Nature paying attention to the leaves, trees, sky, the birds or the ocean. Again just 10 minute a day.
  • Furthermore doing random acts of kindness

    • without an expectation of anything in return. Open the door for someone, send a thoughtful text message or email, and smile at strangers.
  • Affirmations:

    • Say daily positive affirmations, beginning with I AM, I Am Happy, I Am Healthy, you can expand on these later. Saying these affirmations with feelings and total commitment will enhance their power.
  • Smile:

    • When we smile, we release serotonin into the brain, the happy hormone, the more we smile, the more serotonin we release, and the more released the happier we become. The other great thing with smiling is, when we smile other people smile as well and so we are helping others in the act of smiling.
  • Finally, Listen to Music:

    • Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. You also can blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes — or singing at the top of your voice.

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