7 Ways to Manage Your Everyday Stress
We all experience everyday stressors. Whether it’s jamming our toe, a cranky child, traffic jam, a disagreement with a friend, feeling overwhelmed at work, or financial worries- not to mention the major life stressors. Our body sees them all as stress, so in response our adrenal glands create a flood of stress hormones that can wreak havoc on our bodies.
I used to see stress as an everyday occurrence that I couldn’t do much to control. It just happened…right? I’ve struggled with autoimmune challenges for the last 16 years, but it’s really this year that I’m starting to tackle them full on. I’m on a mission to heal my body from the inside out and I’m discovering just how essential good stress management is to our overall health.
Here are some fascinating stats about stress from WebMD:
- Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
- Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
- Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
- The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.
Learning to manage the everyday stress is so important. Here are a few of the practices that I’ve implemented.
Let it Go…FAST
Yes, we’re going to experience everyday stressors! However, we can’t continue to dwell on it. We must stop the mental tape of the hurt or disappointment and let it go…FAST! Holding on to the stressor is doing far more damage than good.
Practice Deep Breathing
One of the best ways to quickly lower your stress level is by taking some deep breaths. Here are 5 Simple Breathing Exercises to Lower Your Stress Level.
Take a Good Probiotic
Do Something You Enjoy
Enjoy a Relaxing Bath
At the end of a busy day, my favorite way to decompress is with a nice warm bath. I love to add 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts and 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. This is the perfect place to practice your deep breathing and feel your body begin to relax.
Celebrate God’s Abundant Blessings
Rather than focusing on the stressors or the things that aren’t going right, shift your attention to the blessings! Start a gratitude journal. Be intentional about ending your day by celebrating God’s blessings! What are the things that went well? What are you grateful for?
Sleep is so vital to our overall well being and living our best life. Most of us need 7-9 hours of good sleep every night to function at our best. One of my favorite books on this topic is Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson.
Learning to manage our everyday stress isn’t a luxury, it’s actually a necessity for you to live your best life and fulfill all that God has for YOU! Choose one thing from the list above that you can implement in your life today to begin managing your stress well.
I would LOVE to know, what is your favorite technique for managing stress?