Stress? – 10 tips to lose stress and gain health
“Reduce the stress levels in your life through relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing and exercise. You’ll look and feel way better for it.” Suzanne Somers
Have you ever had a time when, you were ready to give it all up?
Most of these situations arise from unwanted stress in your lives.
One of the dictionary meanings of stress are ‘A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.’
I have often heard of people having a total nervous breakdown because of stress and worries.
If someone’s nervous system breaks down, you can only imagine the intensity of the damage that unwanted stress can cause.
It is a well known fact that extenuating situations and circumstances can happen at anytime in a person’s lifetime.
The important thing to remember is that no matter how worried we get, the situation will only go away, when we are able to think with an absolute clear mind.
While it may be difficult at first to use your skills in coping with stress, over time practice makes it easy and you are able to cope with more and more stress, allowing life to flow in ease.
It is clinically proven that 85% of all illnesses are because of stress and tension.
To have a truly healthy life emotionally and physically it is really important to eliminate stress completely from our lives.
Life can be a very beautiful experience and every moment even the the one’s we don’t like can be easily dealt with if we just treat it like an experience and stop the overthinking.
Here are 10 quick tips that Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD), is sharing with you. These tips not only eliminate stress, but also help you gain health and vitality. These are really simple and can be incorporated in your life easily.
These 10 tips have been researched and proven to lower stress and gain health considerably, even if you choose to use only one of them.
TIP #1 Daily walk
An early morning walk, not only gets the body moving but also allows you to empty your mind of thoughts. The movement gets the heart rate up and just like any exercise helps your body release endorphins, that constantly keep you happy and stress free. In some cases walking also helps reduce the risk of dementia.(1)
TIP # 2 Eat Healthy
Sometimes when in stress, your hand may want to reach out to that chocolate bar or that salty fresh packet of potato chips. The smarter choice however is to reach out for a salad bowl or a hearty vegetable soup or fresh fruit can actually help your body to release hormones that fight stress naturally.(2)
TIP #3 DRINK WATER
My mom always said, “Water is the elixir of life.” I never really understood this until recently when I was doing some intensive reading about the benefits of drinking water.
She always handed me a glass of water when I was stressed, angry or even upset and I would instantly feel calm.
Apparently keeping yourself hydrated can reduce the cortisol (stress hormones) levels, thereby eliminating stress.(3)
There is also a technique known as ‘Interrupt the pattern’, so for example if you are stressed at work and in a heated meeting just picking up a glass of water and drinking it will force the breathing pattern to change, thereby reducing your stress levels.
TIP # 4 Have a hobby
Having a hobby can create a happy feeling from within, thereby not allowing the stress to take over your life, eventually completely eliminating it.
I personally love gardening as working with soil is almost like a spa massage to my hands and since plants release oxygen, being around them always leaves me feeling refreshed.
TIP # 5 Meditate
You can meditate at anytime. It is a myth that you have to learn meditation.
A simple way to use meditation is, sit down comfortably. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Breathe out through your mouth. Only keep your focus on your breath. You can use this simple technique for as long as you are comfortable. Gently open your eyes.
Just 10 minutes a day can help you reduce anxiety, stress and even improve your cardiovascular activity(4)
TIP # 6 Breathing exercises
We are breathing all the time. There is however a difference between conscious breathing and unconscious breathing. Breathing deeply allows your heart rate to stabilize and also calms down your brain and emotions, reducing the cortisol levels in the body.(3)
TIP # 7 Yoga
Yoga is a proven technique that uses the combination of light exercising poses and breath work. Yoga is known to reduce the heart rate and relax the mind.
In addition, yoga also helps your body gain flexibility through it’s stretching exercises.
TIP # 8 Tapping with EFT
EFT is clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, fears and phobias to help live a happy and stress free life.
Even professional athletes of the highest level use EFT to improve their performance at a game, and in their personal lives too! (5)
There were clinical studies conducted on war veterans with PTSD . Only after 6 sessions of EFT 90% were free from the symptoms of PTSD. (6)
You can also learn EFT and to get started you can download a free booklet here.
TIP # 9 Let go of the past
Often we hold on to past bad memories, that result in unwanted stress. This can then lead to overthinking and in extreme cases depression . By being able to let go of past it allows the stress to come down. While the past cannot be changed, the emotion associated with the past memory can be changed using Breakthrough coaching with NLP. The intensity of the pain in the memory can definitely be reduced.
There was an amazing process I learnt at the Breakthrough Coaching with NLP Seminar that helped me reduce the pain and trauma in the memory.
TIP # 10 Shift in perspective
Sometimes the issue or the problem may not be as big as we make it out to be.
It is important to review the problem as something that is only temporary and look at possible solutions from a different point of view.
Just imagine, If you were to advise someone about an issue or a problem, how would you do it? Would you look at the issue practically or stress yourself out? And what advise would give that person?
Sometimes a shift in perspective gives an entire new angle to the problem creating the stress and worry.Coping with stress is a skill set and like every skill, it can be learnt and practiced every day to ensure a happy and health life. You now have 10 tips to choose from to not only reduce stress, but also improve health.
Love Donita & Team Vitality
- 8 reasons why walking is good for your health – Tesco Living
- Stress and your diet – Everyday health
- Water and stress reduction : Sipping stress away – Web MD
- Meditation, Stress and your health – Web MD
- How professional athletes use tapping – Nick Ortner
- Psychological Trauma in Veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A Randomized Controlled Trial, authored by Church, Hawk, Brooks et. al. Published – Society of Behavioral Medicine, Seattle, Apr, 2010
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