In today’s world all you have to do is turn on the television to increase stress and anxiety levels. Stress is a part of our lives but we do not need to let it get to levels where it makes us sick, depressed, or paralyzes us with anxiety. Researchers have found that stress is the root cause of a lot of diseases and a lot of physical and emotional flare-ups. As a life coach and holistic health consultant, I have found that there are many simple things that we can do to lessen our stress and anxiety levels.
Get a good night’s sleep. Sleeping 7-9 hours a night reduces stress and anxiety. It gives us a good foundation to emotionally and mentally deal with whatever comes our way. Many people have problems falling asleep, myself included. I have found that magnesium supplements, melatonin, and EmergencZZZZ™ help me to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Go outside in nature. The act of being in nature and appreciating all the beauty around us diminishes stress. Go outside and take in the beauty of the trees, mountains, water, birds and the sky. Where I live there are beautiful mountain views in every direction. The sky is amazing with the clouds lightly floating around. Go out, be a part of something so wonderful that stress melts away. When you connect with the earth, your internal rhythms begin a restoration process and stress is diminished. Connecting with Mother Nature might also restore your vitamin D levels and help you sleep better.
Pause and take five to 10 slow deep breaths. In the throes of mounting stress, panic or anxiety, deep breathing will interrupt your mind from increasing the stressful thoughts and will get more oxygen to the brain, which is always beneficial. Taking longer, slower breaths connects us with a profound part of ourselves and restores our mind and emotions into a more peaceful place of awareness.
Give up worry. Dr. Wayne Dwyer tells us to let go of worry in his book Your Erroneous Zones. After reading this, I questioned if I could do this since I had perfected the art of worrying. It is so easy after watching the news to create an immense worry mindset. Worry creates more stress, increasing anxiety. Most of what we worry about never happens. I slowly shifted out of the worry mode and my outlook on life improved greatly. Stress and anxiety diminished.
Create reminders. We all make choices on how we are going to respond to and be in life. Under my clear cellphone cover I have a list of words that are how I want to experience life – love, peace, kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. When I pick up my phone I see these and they remind me of how I really want to be. The first day I placed them under the clear cover, I had a heated discussion with someone on the other end of the phone. I kept looking at the words thinking, there is another way to approach this situation. By staring at the words, I was able to calm down. If you do not have a clear cell phone cover, post a word or words on your computer, television, phone, refrigerator, etc. to support your alignment out of stress and into a life that is centered in peace and delight.
Life is too short to be overtaken by the stress and anxiety viruses. Practicing a few or all of these steps will help you debug your mind and emotions of stress and move you into a world of beauty and joy.
Dawn Fleming, Soul Life Coach and Reiki Master, http://www.energytransformations.org