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Ways To Improve Health And Reduce Stress

What symptoms does one exhibit when stressed? How do they show up for you?

Often stress shows up in a very wide range of ways: physical, mental and emotional.

Physical signs include headaches, muscle tension, stomach upset, restless sleep, shaky/sweaty hands, and fidgeting.

Mental signs include being unable to focus, being more forgetful, having simple issues become exaggerated, and having increased dreaming.

Emotional signs include irritability, ill-temper, exhaustion, and an inability to make decisions.

How are you able to relieve or reduce your stress?

TIP #1 – Take hold

When you feel on top of things, you’ll RESPOND instead of REACT to your environment. You are feeling more empowered and better ready to manage what comes your way. Begin by observing what you’ll be able to control and what you can’t.

List the items I control in my life.

List the items that are TRULY out of my control.

What is my attitude towards the items I control? Toward the items, I don’t?

What stresses am I able to say “no” to, eliminate, reduce or delegate in my life?

What can I add to my life which will counteract stress? (meditation, workouts, etc.)

What positive people do I would like in my life to support me?

What negative people do I want to spend less time with?

What is most significant to me?

Make a list, prioritize, and plan to remove one stressful thing a day!

TIP #2 – Incorporate Exercise

Regular exercise is one of the simplest stress-reduction techniques out there. It has multiple stress-relieving benefits:

IMPROVED HEALTH:

“Exercising adds life to your years as well as years to your life” through a lowered pulse and reduced risk of heart disease; it’s going to also prevent certain sorts of cancer and can increase stamina.

IMPROVED MOOD:

Exercising causes the brain to release opium-like substances that ease pain and produce a natural high, giving a sense of well-being and luxury. It also stimulates the brain to secrete serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which act as antidepressants and improve mood (deficiencies may result in depression, anxiety, impulsivity, aggression, and increased appetite).

REDUCED BODY TENSION:

Exercising helps release pent-up emotions in our muscles. Having a relaxed body allows you to sleep better, have more energy, enhance concentration and memory, and quicken your alertness and response time, leading to an overall feeling of well-being.

CREATE A PLAN:

How can taking charge and working out affect my stress level?

How do I want to feel after working out-both physically and emotionally?

What can I do to fit in planning and exercise in my daily routine? (What? When? For how long?)

GET STARTED TODAY:

Find an acquaintance to exercise with for the recommended minimum of 20-30 minutes each day, 3-5 times every week. Working out with an acquaintance helps to provide an inspiration for normal routine, accountability, and allows for multitasking so you can brainstorm, encourage or share thoughts with a friend while working out.

Get a private trainer or join a gym. Push yourself to work OUT!

Be conscious about exercising. Park farther away and walk. Take a flight of stairs rather than an elevator. Do sit-ups while watching TV. Take the dog for a morning walk before you shower.

All the advantages of planning and exercise impact your ability to be sharper, move faster and feel better. Taking time to do this may actually offer you more time for the other stuff you got to do and REDUCE YOUR STRESS!

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