Manage Your Stress – Tips to Improve Your Life

Stress is our body’s response to the pressures and demands that we encounter (and create!) every day.  The demands may be physical, mental, or emotional in nature and when we place these demands on our body, chemicals and hormones are released into our bodies and then we feel stressed.

To limit the negative effects of stress, it is crucial to learn how to actively manage your stress triggers.  There are many simple ways to reduce your stress, techniques that you can employ such as:

  • Appropriate amount and type of exercise
  • Change your self-talk from negative to positive
  • Getting enough quantity and quality sleep
  • Eating a healthier diet
  • Knowing your boundaries at work and home
  • Saying no when you need to
  • Asking for help
  • Making time for fun & creative expression
  • Appreciation and gratitude for the beauty in your life
  • Employing deep breathing techniques
  • Listening to calming and/or uplifting music
  • Clearing your life of clutter
  • Simplifying your life and eliminating time & energy thieves

These are all effective ways to reduce your stress, though it is always best to prevent stress.  If you react to the stressful triggers, you’ll be spending most of your time putting out fires.  Consistent integration of just a few of these stress management techniques will help you to live a healthier, happier, and more productive life!