Reduce Stress with Heather Juliet, Founder of Mindologie and The Stress Method™ program
In the modern world, stress is pretty much guaranteed to pop up in our lives. We are bombarded by stress in most activities we encounter on a daily basis. Studies show that our brains can't even keep up with the amount of choices we are now bombarded with, thus creating anxiety and stress in almost every area of our lives. However, did you know that how we perceive and deal with stress is the new way to protect ourselves from its sometimes deadly path? Let me share.
Stress is a state of mental or physical strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances and how the body responds to these threats. Back in the day, our ancestors encountered stress when running from a lion, but these days our stressors can come from anything like too many emails, not enough sleep or having too many things on our plate. Even what we eat can cause our bodies stress!
Here are my top 10 tips for dealing with stress:
1. Practice self-care: take some alone time to stop and rest. Do something that calms you like reading a book, drinking tea or listening to your favorite music while laying on your bed doing nothing else.
2. Nourish your body with proper nutrition: eating whole foods as close to their natural state is best, while avoiding sugar and processed foods. Drinking enough water and reducing alcohol intake is also a great way to combat stress on your body.
3. Getting quality sleep: I understand this can be hard depending on what season of life you are in (raise your hand if you're a sleep deprived Mama like me!). Just do your best in this category and remove distractions like phones and televisions from the bedroom. Turning off your wireless router can also induce better sleep.
4. Exercise: moving your body is a way to physicallly reduce stress and let off steam. You don't need to join an gym or get fancy here, simply moving your body doing some sort of fitness daily will pay big dividends and reduce the stress hormone Cortisol.
5. Find supplements that support you: speak with your doctor about finding the right supplements to support you adrenal glands and help you get the nourishment you need. Teas can also be a great starting point, like Chamomile and Lavendar teas, which are very supportive to a stressed body.
6. Find humor in things: if you can't find humor in your life, you will be on the fast track to sadness or depression. It's proven that people who live the longest have a close circle of friends who they laugh with regularly.
7. Retrain your brain: Meditation is one of the most effective and scientifically proven ways to reduce stress, re-wire your brain to be less reactive and promote wellbeing (even after 1 time!).
8. Mindset: Try reframing your thoughts every time you see yourself being negative by changing your thought to something you are grateful for. It's impossible to have a negative thought at the same time as a positive thought. Try seeing annoyances and stressful situations as opportunities rather than setbacks. And, last but not least, be compassionate towards others. You never know what someone else is going through, so be kind and offer to help them with their own stress.
9. Say No: Stop over-scheduling your life and just say no more often. The less you have on your plate, the less stress you have. Don't try to be all things to all people. Less activities equals more free time.
10. Declutter and Simplify your life: Did you know that just by getting rid of "stuff" you can create more calm in your life? Try getting rid of extra stuff you just don't need like clothes, trinkets, toys, furniture and keep only the things that are useful or that you love. Apply this same philosophy when shopping and only buy the things you really need. Less stuff equals more cash. It does wonders for stress!
I hope you can take away at least one action item to try this week as you navigate the stressors in your life. Hiring a stress coach, like myself, is always a great way to get one-on-one support for your specific life challenges. You'll get personalized stress reduction tips, action plans, nutrition plans and tools to help you overcome stress and anxiety. Take a deep breath and remember how amazing it is just to be alive.