Ten Ways To Beat Stress
WORDS | CORINNA COOKE
PHOTOGRAPHY | BLAKE BONILLAS
Stress is an energy vampire; It sucks the life right out of the joy you are supposed to be living. We all face stressful situations in our lives, no one is immune. In life there will always be another bump in the road ahead, so we might as well build our skill set to manage it.
The situation we face is not the issue - but how we react to, process, and deal with the situation. Beating stress - getting out in front of it - all comes down to having the right tools up your sleeve.
Here are 10 Ways To Beat Stress:
Breathe. When you find yourself in a stressful situation, use your breath to calm yourself. Breathe in through your nose to a count of 10, hold it for a count of 10, blow it back out to a count of 10. Your body can’t focus on being stressed and deep breathing at the same time!
Do Yoga. If you start your day with sun salutations you set up your whole day to function with balance and calm.
Take a Walk. Unplug your devices, turn off your phone, clear your mind and take a walk in the park. When you step outdoors and create a space in your mind, the Universe will race to fill it with something - most often the solution to your problem!
Meditate. You don’t have to sit on the floor with crossed legs and palms pressed together - you can meditate any way that works for you. Even if you just meditate 10 minutes per day you will change your life for the better and gain the mental strength to calm your thoughts in moments of stress.
Focus on the funny. You can’t be busting out laughing and be stressed at the same time. Your brain will make you pick just one, so choose the funny! Think about the most hilarious moments in the funniest movies you’ve ever seen and let your laughter lighten the moment.
You Are What You Eat. Processed foods, sodas, sugars and alcohol all make stress worse. Eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, and avoiding all the bad stuff can help you get through life’s stressful moments.
Sleep. Lack of sleep not only makes coping with stress more difficult, but it can also be a stress trigger. Make sleep a priority in your life and try to get 7 to 8 hours sleep per night.
Listen To Podcasts/Tedtalks You get to choose what you fill your mind with when you are commuting to work, working out, walking the dog or going about your life, so fill it with something good! Listen to empowering podcasts and Ted Talks, and hear the stories of regular people who have overcome all kinds of obstacles and gone on to do great things. If you keep your mind inspired it will naturally seek out solutions and spend less time on stressing.
Use The 5 Year Rule. Stress makes us lose perspective. In the moment, a situation can feel cataclysmic, but in reality most of that stress is just a waste of energy and time. As you face a stressful situation, ask yourself if this will matter in five years’ time. Will you care about this five years from now? Probably not. Try to remember things that stressed you out 5 years ago – most, if not all of them will seem like a complete waste of time and energy now.
The Mantra "I AM". Everyone needs a mantra - a series of words to string together and repeat over and over as we breathe our way out of stress, quiet our minds and deal with the situation at hand. The most empowering words you can use are the very simple but very true: I Am. Because You Are.
“SHE REMEMBERED WHO SHE WAS AND THE GAME CHANGED” -LALAH DELIAH
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