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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

I’ve been amazed to learn that my gut has such a big impact on my health and happiness. Did you know that if your gut is out of whack then you can feel uncomfortable, stressed, anxious, or moody? Yes, an unbalanced gut does all of that! One of my favorite probiotics is Plexus VitalBiome. It has eight different probiotic strains in it, and they’ve all been clinically studied for their effects on health (like digestive and immune systems) and happiness (like feelings of stress and anxiety).*

Do Something You Enjoy

It can be so easy to get caught up in the everyday demands of life that we can’t find time to do the things we really enjoy! However, I’m realizing that taking time for the things that I enjoy is vital to how I manage stress, but also my overall well being. So, the first step is to identify what you really enjoy doing? Is it reading, writing, scrapbooking, hiking, swimming, listening to music, etc.? Then, at least once a week (but ideally a few minutes everyday) to do something that brings you joy!

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 Well

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?

Comments:

  • Robin Hardy

    July 31, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Great post!

  • Carol Spader

    July 31, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Love this post too! I’ve studied and tried lots of techniques personally over the years (some were just plain weird) to reduce stress and have come to the conclusion that what works really depends on the individual and situation. Generally, regular, vigorous exercise (running for me), eating healthy, getting adequate sleep and reading scripture are the big ones for me, but sometimes they’re not enough. When I’m really struggling to keep the plates spinning in the air, the idea of consciously ridding my brain of automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) and doing guided, daily mediations, in addition to the other things mentioned seems to help me feel centered again. My favorite book on guided meditation so far is “The Presence Process” by Michael Brown. My temperment/personality is one that likes to process, so talking things through with others helps me as well.

  • Maggie

    August 4, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I like to deal with stress by putting on good Christian music and diffusing my favorite essential oil.

  • Ehis

    August 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I deal with stress by writing & meditation
    I also use slow music to calm my nerves.
    Reading an inspirational book also helps

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