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Are you totally stressed out right now? And of course I don’t just mean are you really busy and do you have loads to get done (although this article will help with that too); what I mean is whether all that stress and all those stress symptoms are starting to have a negative impact on your life?
Stress symptoms can cause you to lose sleep, feel irritable and withdrawn and start to doubt yourself. You may find that all of this worry and anxiety churns around your head and it can lead to headaches, a lose of appetite and trouble concentrating. And of course, the worse you feel, the less you are able to deal with the pressures and the more stressed out you get.
So if you need help to break free from that cycle of stress and to increase your feelings of strength, focus and capability then read on.
Stressed Out – What is Stress?
Stress occurs when you feel overwhelmed, when the demands placed upon you outweigh your assessment of your ability to deal with them. You start to feel under too much pressure and the physical and mental impacts of being stressed out start to affect your life.
And whether you are stressed out from work, relationships or some other area of life, the cumulative demands start to have an adverse impact on you.
When those demands get too great you can soon find yourself feeling anxious, worried and on edge. You may get irritated easily, withdraw from things and people, and feel exhausted. All that stress can impact on your self esteem and you may worry about how you will cope. It can keep you awake at night, affect your appetite and lead to headaches and poor concentration.
The worse you feel, the more stressed out you may feel and so a downward spiral starts to happen.
Yet whilst we all face demands and pressures, and whilst some may say stress to some degree is a part of modern life, there are things that you can do that will reduce that feeling of pressure, make it easier to cope and strengthen your sense of capability.
Ten Ways To Relieve Stress
If you are stressed out then here are 10 ways to start relieving that stress:
- Exercise. Getting moving can quickly burn off all those stressful feelings and help you feel calmer and more mentally peaceful.
- Talk To Someone You Trust. Rather than let all those thoughts run riot around your mind, talk to someone you trust. Not only will it give you a chance to verbalise things and feel supported but their perspective on things may help you find some of the answers you need.
- Cut the caffeine and alcohol. It may be tempting to use caffiene to try and keep going or alcohol to block things out and try and relax a bit. Yet caffeine and alcohol won’t resolve the issue and could well end up adding to your stress pile.
- Do something you enjoy. Whether it involves exercise, pursuing a hobby or connecting with others, doing something that you enjoy (especially if it involves fun and laughing) can quickly help you feel better.
- Sleep Better. Stress can interfere with your usual sleep patterns and add to feeling burnt out and exhausted. Make sure you follow a good wind down routine and cut out the screens an hour before sleep. Instead listen to relaxing music or read a light paper book as you relax.
- Build in Relaxing Time. You need to give your brain time to cool down and process ideas, demands and thoughts. Take twenty minutes a day to close your eyes and mentally and physically relax and recharge – my Creating Calm audio will help you.
- Hack Your Relaxation Response. When you feel stressed out your breathing rate increases and you may start feeling more on edge and physically hotter. Use your natural relaxation response through the day to calm everything down. Just make your out breath longer for a few breaths and in no time at all you will start feeling more in control.
- Remember The Positive. Make a deliberate effort to focus on the things that are more positive or which have gone well. At the end of every day think of three things that you are grateful for or which made you feel better or which went well that day.
- Take Control. Rather than treating everything as being of equal weight and importance, make a list of the things that are the biggest or most important and take action on them first.
- Remember Your Own Needs. Sometimes stress levels can rise because we take on too much from others and find ourselves burdened with their worries and stresses. So make sure you plan time to take care of your own needs, whether that is exercising, doing something you enjoy, taking time out to relax or anything else from these ten tips that allows you to meet your own needs too.
Help To Ease Stress
If you need more help to ease stress then get in touch and ask to book your free initial consultation. Taking that first step is easy – just thirty minutes of your time could be all the springboard you need to end that feeling of being stressed out. Get in touch today!
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