I think most people know that anxiety, depression, worry and sleep problems are often triggered by stress or a stressful event, wouldn’t you agree?…
Of course, you can’t always control the OUTSIDE world,… however you certainly can control the INSIDE world – what goes on inside your head and in your body…
Remember, stress is stress – but the MEANING you give to any “stressful situation” is ultimately what defines how BADLY the stress affects you, your body and your life.
Below are some simple steps to help you “manage” your stress and change how “it” affects you!
To get you started, here are some helpful tips and suggestions that you can incorporate into your daily routine:
- Try to get up a little earlier than usual.
This will give you time to ease into your morning routine, as opposed to scrambling to feed the kids, make your way through traffic, and gulp down a cup of coffee before arriving at work. Enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the sunrise or listening to some good music for a few minutes, can have a lasting impact on the rest of your day.
- Expect the best, but plan for the “worst”.
Plan for eventual mishaps, such as losing your keys. Make extra copies of your house and car keys and place them where you easily find them. This can reduce the stress associated with looking for lost items.
- Move more… “Motion, creates emotion!”
Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can. When going short distances, walk or ride your bike instead of driving.
- Eat healthier.
Replace unhealthy food choices with healthier options like ordering salad with lemon juice, or fresh fish and vegetables. When we’re stressed we tend to grab whatever is in front of us, but this can lead to many problems, such as weight gain and health issues.
- Eat slowly and enjoy your food.
Try not to eat lunch at your desk. Instead, find a more relaxing spot if only for a 15 or 20 minute break. Share lunch with friends or co-workers… Put on some good music (iPod or Smart Phone) and enjoy your food.
Treat yourself to something nice, like a massage. Alternatively, do something nice for others on a whim. You could bring bagels or muffins to the office one morning, for example – the response you get can lift your mood, even if only for a few hours.
- Forgive and forget it (REALLY do it!)
Practice forgiveness by not dwelling on something that recently happened. For instance, if someone was rude to you, try not take it personally. Instead, conjure up a memory of someone that was pleasant or neutral. Forgiving the mistakes of others also helps you forgive the mistakes in yourself.
- Set limits.
Knowing when to say “no” to additional responsibilities reduces the risk of burnout. Instead, put your best effort into your present responsibilities, try to delegate tasks whenever possible, and resist the urge for perfectionism.
- Stretch at work.
Sitting all day behind a desk is just HORRIBLE for your body. Twist side from side to side. Bend forward. Turn your head to stretch your neck. This helps keep your body flexible, giving you an added energy boost. Take a 5 minute break for every hour you work behind your desk.
- Enjoy the sun.
Get some rays early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Sunlight has a pronounced, calming effect on your mood. Sitting by a window facing the sun for just 10 minutes a day is one great, proven way to lift your spirits.
As you can see, reducing stress and its effects on your mood and well-being is possible with a few simple tactics.
They make up the type of lifestyle changes that can have a marked effect on your mood.
“Is There An Easier Way?…”
Even though the above is fairly easy to implement, it does take time for these steps to become a HABIT. Of course, most of us always want an “easier” way to do things for “faster” results.
Well, another simple yet extremely effective approach is to use natural ingredients that are proven to help reduce stress.
“What About Prescription Drugs?”
Pharmaceutical companies are well aware of the fact that natural ingredients DO WORK.
For example, did you know that Valium® is made from Valerian Root and Aspirin is made from White Willow Bark?…
However, since pharmaceutical companies cannot make money from nature, they find what works in nature, change it, make it “synthetic,” add in a bit of addictive qualities, patent it, charge a massive mark-up to them and create a drug.
Natural Is Better & Safer
At the very least, natural ingredients and herbs should be your FIRST solution, and in most case, your best solution!
One scientifically-proven remedy that has been around for years is ProVanax. It contains many key ingredients which are known to help reduce anxiety, depression, and sleep problems.
The feedback for it has been amazing and since the product has been around since 1999, you know it works and it’s safe!
Combined with a proper life-style and other suggestions I made today, ProVanax™ can dramatically help improve your results and help reduce the negative emotions, thoughts and overall feelings of stress.
Take a look and let me know what you think!