5 Ways To Think Positively During a Major Life Crisis

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Sometimes it’s hard to look on the bright side even when things are going fairly well. When you’re going through a major life crisis, having the “glass is half full” mentality can be a feat in itself!

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

When you’re in the middle of a stressful situation, it’s important to disallow over-anxious and over-analyzed thoughts. You really don’t want to overwhelm yourself with an over-stimulated mind because the added stress will only strain your mind further and you’ll find it nearly impossible to think positively.

Ways To Look On The Bright Side

How you go about transforming difficult situations into positive outcomes will differ each time. Your goal should be to discover a set of strategies that works well for you. It might take some experimenting, but that’s okay!

Consider the following ways to achieve a positive mindset:

  1. Avoid feeling sorry for yourself. Feeling sorry for yourself only wastes precious brainpower and it’s not going to help you out in the long run. Instead, strive to gain the wisdom to accept your situation and focus on solutions, instead of sorrow or worry. Everyone has to travel through tough times at some point; it’s just a part of life!
  1. Find the life lesson. It may be hard to find the silver lining, but it’s almost always hiding somewhere. All of your experiences – both good and bad – contribute to your life’s knowledge. Be thankful for what you know!

Reflect on the fact that you’ve gained wisdom and knowledge that may help you make better decisions and cope well in the future.

  1. Start small. Take some time to reflect on the difficult situation. If you’re having trouble finding a positive manner of thinking, just start by smiling at yourself in the mirror. You might not feel happy right away, but it sure will be hard not to feel happy when you see a beautiful smiling face staring back at you!

You can also consider the use of positive affirmations to help you through tough times. The more frequently you repeat your affirmations, the sooner you’ll ingrain the positive beliefs into your subconscious.

  1. Stop worrying. When you’re going through a tough situation, sometimes your worries can overtake you. The future might seem scary and bleak and you’re not sure what you should do. As you know, worrying isn’t going to help the situation in the least. Instead, the moment worry creeps in, redirect your mind onto something positive or reassuring.

Stay calm and start brainstorming some practical solutions.

  1. Be brave about change. Change is inevitable and most often you don’t even notice that it’s happening. During tough times, however, you’re likely more sensitive to the changes that are taking place.

Think about change as an exciting adventure. You’ll never know what you can discover and learn until you’re open to change.

Help From Others

When you’re going through a tough time, your instincts might be to pull inward. Perhaps you don’t want people to see you in a vulnerable state or you want to solve your problems all on your own. However, you must resist this urge to shut people out! Remember, you’re never alone. Your family and loved ones are always there to help you get through any challenging situation, but only if you allow them to!

Of course, your loved ones may not be able to solve your problem outright, but they can provide you with a fantastic support system and help you brainstorm different avenues for problem solving.

As hard as it may seem now, it is possible for you to think positively when you’re enduring tough times. Use these simple positive thinking strategies to help you change your mindset quicker than you ever thought possible!

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. Have you ever turned a stressful situation into a life lesson? If so, what was it?
2. Who has helped you through a crisis in the past and how did they help you?

Six Ways to Deal with Daily Stressors that Exacerbate a Life Upheaval

stressoverwhelmDaily stressors often cause more problems than we realize, especially when added into a more serious stressor.

If you’re going through a divorce, for example, you might not notice how the little annoyances and stressful situations of everyday life add to your bigger problem, until you are just too tired and stressed out to deal with anything.

This isn’t the way to go through life! 

Finding ways to deal with daily stressors as they arrive is one of the very best ways to make sure that they do not exacerbate the other difficulties you might be having.

  1. Eat the right foods. While eating junk food might feel like a great way to soothe your nerves, pumping your system full of junk will only make your body and mind more stressed out than it already is. Eating the right kinds of foods, that really nourish your body, is the best and only way to keep your system running smoothly. Your body and mind are deeply connected—so take care of your body and it will help to calm your mind.
  1. Exercise regularly. This cannot be overemphasized—exercising regularly, especially during a high-stress life situation, makes your body far more efficient at managing stress. Getting out and doing something for your body, getting your heart rate up for even half an hour a day, will help you feel calmer and even promote a happy mood and more energy. You’ll have time to think, will sleep better, and feel better about yourself.
  1. Get your finances under control. Money is one of the most stressful aspects of any of our lives. If you do not have enough, it can be a serious problem. If you have too much, you can still obsess about it. Managing your money will help you feel in control, even if the real situation, the bigger stressor, is still occurring. Don’t let money become a burden or a drag on your time and energy. Balance your checkbook, come up with a plan for paying off any debts, and stay in control of your spending.
  1. Be the master of your own time. There’s a saying that goes, “We don’t have time—we make time.” We need to stop spending our time on things that are not important and make time for the things that are vitally important. Cutting out the negative pulls on our time and focusing more on the things that we actually need and want to do is a great way to stop feeling like you are constantly drowning in your own to-do list. Do you really need to paint the baseboards this weekend? Or is it more important to help your child with that school project they have been asking for your help on for weeks? You’ll find some time management tips here.
  1. Pick a hobby that’s just for you. If you’re giving all of your time away to other people, even the people that you love the most, you’ll start to feel drained. You need a hobby that gives you some time alone, or at the very least, some peace and quiet. Gardening is a great way to get out in nature, do something productive, and give yourself some time away from both the little stressors and the bigger issue that they compound. Gardening is a great option, but anything that you really love to do and that gives you a second to breathe is what you need to do.
  1. Try some alternative stress management treatments. If you already are doing all of the things on this list and still feel that your life is out of control (or even that some of the activities we listed contribute to your life being out of control), it’s time to consider some alternative stress management techniques. For example, aromatherapy is widely used to combat stress. Yoga, deep breathing, and other less mainstream techniques can be seriously helpful.

Of course, managing all of the small things does not make the bigger problem go away, but it can help you gain some control of your life when it might feel desperately out of control. Getting a handle on the things that you can get a handle on will make your life less stressful and you’ll find yourself better able to deal with that major life upheaval.

Attention Career Moms – Follow These Working Mom Tips to Balance Your Career and Home Life

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In this day and age, it’s becoming more and more difficult to live off of one income. This means that oftentimes moms have few options when it comes to the decision of whether or not to work while raising children.

If you’ve decided to keep up with your career, whether through choice or necessity, you’ll be busy, but you can certainly make it work. You’ll be rewarded in the end because you won’t have to worry about re-entry into the workforce once the kids are older, and you may opt to continue building your own 401K for retirement purposes.

Scheduling and Planning

When you ask most working moms about how they do it, you’ll often hear about their particular scheduling and planning habits. It’s important to work out a set schedule that works for you personally.

Consider the following working mom tips:

  1. Plan your mornings. If you’re not a morning person, try completing some of your morning tasks the evening before. Set aside enough time to get the kids up and dressed if they’re not old enough to do it themselves. If you can, enjoy a meal together as a family before the day’s commitments.
  1. Schedule events. Schedule your after work activities in a planner. This will ensure that there’s room for everything and that nothing important is forgotten along the way. Play dates, grocery shopping, and other errands can be scheduled as well.
  1. Be flexible. Remember that everything won’t always go perfectly. If something doesn’t work out and you need to rearrange your schedule, just plan to do something on a different day. Since you’re juggling many tasks at once, keeping your schedule flexible is a must for keeping your stress levels down.

Staying Involved

One of the top worries of working moms is the fact that they feel like they’re not as involved. However, if you concentrate on spending the time you do have with your little ones in a quality way, you’ll still be heavily involved in their lives. Just because you aren’t there every minute, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t making a big difference in their lives.

300x250 copyWhen you arrive home from work, do something with your children that you’ll all enjoy. Maybe they’ll want some alone time to play independently, but you can also stay involved by showing that you care. You’ll have quality time with them at meals, and you can always engage them in family games or other activities.

Taking Breaks

It’s vital that you remember to schedule some breaks. If you need a “spa day” every once in awhile, it’s certainly something that you deserve. Sometimes you’ll feel that you spend every waking moment either at work or worrying about the children, so take some time to unwind. Read a book after the kids have gone to bed, work on your relationship with your spouse, or engage in something you find relaxing.

Your Relationships

Spend individual time with each member of your family. Be sure to remember your partner during life’s crazy times and give that relationship some much-needed nourishment as well. Individual attention will help you get to know your kids better, and you’ll have time to truly build upon your lasting relationship.

A career mom is a truly special person. Sure, life can get really hectic at times, but if you follow these tips, you’ll be able to strike a happy balance between your career and your life at home.

Please Share Your Working Mom Tips With Us

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1. What techniques have you used in the past to help with your working mom stress?

2. What is your morning routine like?

 

Top Ten Resolutions for The New Year If You Want to Stress Less and Live More

New-Year_Resolutions_list When it comes to stress management for women, New Year’s is a time to start fresh, to do something new, to really make a change in your life. If you are living a stressful life and want to actually start living, I have some resolutions for the New Year that you can make to start living a happier, more fulfilling life. Let’s be serious, it’s no fun to live in a constant state of stress. Use the New Year to start eliminating stress and bringing more joy into your life.

  1. Spend more time with friends and family. Friends and family should be the be-all, end-all in your life. Making money, sustaining your life, and having hobbies are all great and noble pursuits, but real happiness comes from fulfilling relationships. Make a commitment in the New Year to work on your most important relationships and make them more fulfilling. Do something a group. Go camping, have dinner, watch a movie, etc.
  1. Fit in fitness. Are you walking enough? Exercising enough? Most busy people do not make fitness a priority, when in reality, it can make them far more productive. Just taking half an hour, every day, to do something active can seriously improve your mood, productivity, and even boost your energy levels throughout the day. Make a point to fit in fitness this next year, whether you get outside or just walk on a treadmill in your own home.
  1. Eat healthy. Food and stress are heavily connected. If you’re not eating right, your body is going to be more stressed. Eating junk food, while it might feel good in the moment, is terrible in the long term. Making a resolution to eat healthier and to make cooking a less stressful task, is a great way to improve your life.
  1. Embrace relaxation techniques. If you’re not already actively trying to reduce your stress, now is the time to make a commitment to start. Instead of letting stress control your life, control your stress with a relaxation technique that works for you.
  1. Enjoy life more and stress less. You can make the decision to stress less and to live a more enjoyable life. You may need to eliminate some habits and implement some new ones, but it is possible. This book can show you how.
  1. Better time management. When it comes to stress management for women, this is one of the most important things a woman can do. Lacking time is one of the number one stressors among busy women. How do you find time to work and take care of your home and family? Finding ways to manage your time more effectively as a part of your New Year’s resolutions can mean more time for the truly important things in life.
  1. Get out of debt. Financial stress is the most common and most detrimental kind of stress a woman can face. Taking actions to gain control of your finances during the next year can help eliminate the stress from your life.
  1. Learn something new or take up a hobby. Gaining a new skill can make you feel as accomplished and competent as you actually are. Pick a skill or hobby that will benefit your life and reduce stress. Gardening is a great example, but anything that makes you feel calm for a few moments during a hectic day, week, or month, is worth your time.
  1. Do something for others. Doing something for others is a great way to improve your own life. When you focus on the needs of someone else, you can forget about your own problems and stress for a few hours. Make someone a great gift, volunteer at a homeless or animal shelter, or donate time or money to a great cause.

     

  2. Get organized. Clutter in your home and yard can make you feel stressed and overwhelmed. New Year’s is a great time to de-clutter your life. Get organized and throw out the things you don’t need. If you don’t have any storage in your backyard, invest in a storage shed to hide your trashcans, mower, or other yard tools. Get some filing cabinets and other storage for your business papers inside your home. Don’t let mess and clutter be another source of stress in the New Year!

The Four Top Stressful Life Changes, and How to Deal with Them

Shocked_WomanBeing a woman in inherently stressful. Because of how we are hardwired, we are more likely to put stress on ourselves and to take on activities and tasks that cause us stress.

No matter how well equipped you are to handle a hectic and stressful lifestyle, there are some life changes that will cause you stress and can even seriously damage your ability to continue living your life in a positive and constructive manner.

Some women ignore the stress caused by these life changes, believing that it will eventually dissipate on its own.

Others try to deal with it in unhealthy ways, like taking comfort in junk food or shutting down their lives and hiding until it “passes.”

Most of us know, however, that things do not go away just because we will them to. That’s not how life works.

That doesn’t make it any more tempting to just try to hide from the really difficult things. There are healthy ways to deal with life’s more stressful changes.

Here are the four most disrupting life changes and how to handle them so that they do not take over your life:

  1. Death in the family or friend circle. No matter your personal beliefs about the afterlife, losing someone that you love can be extremely difficult. Even if you believe that you will get to see them again in another life, losing their presence here in this time is heartbreaking. You miss the spirit they brought into your life. Because of the finality of death and the huge change that it brings about, it can cause serious stress. Not only are you in mourning, you will also have to deal with the very real change that is happening.

The best way to deal with the stress of losing a loved one in death is to allow yourself to gradually progress through the  stages of grieving. Realizing, understanding, and accepting that death is a painful part of the cycle of life as we know it at the moment is the best way to gradually move forward.   Rely on family and friends to help you through this difficult time or find other outlets for stress management.

  1. A divorce. Even if you intellectually understand that divorce is the best option in your situation, a divorce can be extremely stressful, and not just because it signifies the breakup of what was once a fulfilling and valuable relationship. There will be meetings with lawyers and mediations and maybe even court appearances, depending on how heated the divorce becomes. The clerical parts of divorce, meshed with the very real emotions can make this an extremely stressful period of your life.

Give yourself some time and some space to understand the enormity of what is happening and to compartmentalize it. Try to let go of the things that are beyond your control and get in control of the things that you can control.

  1. Illness—yourself or family members. Discovering that you have a major illness can be extremely stressful, whether it is something that is easily treatable and manageable or something that cannot be cured. Some find themselves slipping into a depression, caused by this major change. Do not let illness be compounded by stress and depression.

The best way to deal with the stress of an illness is to build a treatment plan. Discussing with your doctor the best way to mitigate the effects of the disease will give you peace of mind. Knowing and having something to work on is always better than not knowing. Consider reading some self-help books that are rich with stress management techniques.

  1. Losing a job or changing careers. Not just because it can put a strain on your finances, losing a job or changing careers later in life can add undue stress to your life, whether that stress is about money, stability, or how to function in a new career. As women, we may even take the stress of a partner’s job loss or career change onto ourselves, trying to help them bear the burden but in reality just incapacitating ourselves.

The best way to deal with the stress of job loss or a career change is to set up a specific plan, whether it is to search for and find a new job or to improve and become competent in your new career, or find new ways to make money.  Making and sticking to a plan for personal growth will calm your mind about the fears of this major life change.

Do you have stress management tips for any of these four major life changes or other stressful situations? We would love to hear from you. Share them here for a chance to win prizes!

Have You Considered Camping For Stress Relief?

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When many people think about relieving stress, camping probably isn’t the first thing that they think of. And yet it’s simple, extremely cheap, incredibly fun, and a perfect way of getting out in nature! It’s one of the most perfect forms of stress relief and, if you hadn’t thought about camping this year, I want you to seriously consider it because it’s a perfect way to relieve stress!

And here’s why…

As many women know, stress can be crippling. Jobs can be stressful, and mothers understand how stressful children can make life. One of the major causes of stress is feeling that one is trapped; simply getting away from home can be challenging in many cases, stress levels often rise as a result. There are a number of stress-relieving techniques most know about, but there is one that is rarely considered: camping.

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Here are some of the ways that camping be can help reduce stress levels.

1. Get away from it all

Between computers, smart phones, the Internet and television, people often feel that they cannot escape from a never-ending stream of data. While this technology has improved life in many ways, many researchers believe that it has increased stress levels. By going camping, it is possible to completely detach from this technology and take a break. In many camping locations, it is impossible to receive cell phone signals, which forces those who camp to take a break. Even a weekend away can provide tremendous relief.

2. Relaxing effects of nature

Nature offers a transcendent beauty that is difficult to experience in the cities and suburbs in which most people live. Nature combines simplicity with complexity in a way that puts life into perspective, and many people find a simple walk through the woods or by a river to be incredibly soothing. By going camping, one has few options but to enjoy natural scenery as much as possible.

3. Get in touch with ancient ancestors

Thousands of years ago, humans lived in nature. While concrete and wood buildings provide a number of benefits, they are not the dwellings of our human ancestors. By going camping, campers can gain some perspective on how much society has changed through the years. While this change has largely been beneficial, it can help to gain some perspective by experiencing life as it was lived by our ancestors only a few thousand years ago.

4. Simplicity

Campsites do not offer stoves, ovens, televisions or any of the comforts people enjoy today. As a result, those who camp must greatly simplify their lives. Instead of relying on stoves, campers must build a fire. Instead of watching television, those who camp must sit back and read a book. One of the major causes of stress is information overload, and camping provides a means to avoid absorbing the information overload that can lead to excessive stress levels. Many find that they are better able to concentrate on what needs to be done after spending the weekend away at a campsite.

Have I spiked your interest? I hope so!

If you want to learn more about the reasons why camping is so perfect for relieving stress AND the ways to make sure that your camping trip is as stress-free as possible, be sure to check out my Kindle book all about camping for stress relief! It’s written directly for those like you!

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To your stress relief success!

Does The Lack of Time Management Skills Make You Feel Stressed?

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Today I wanted to give you some tips for time management so that you can see just how important it is for stress relief.  If the lack of time management skills makes you feel stressed you are definitely not alone.

Most of us women feel stressed about not having enough time at one point or another and, when you really think about it, time is at the heart of much of the stress that we feel. Doesn’t it always feel like there’s never enough of it?

The idea about time being at the basis of much of your stress is something that I covered in great detail in my TIME MANAGEMENT FOR STRESS RELIEF book that I’d love you to pick up when you get a chance.
But, besides that, here are some perfect tips to get you started!

Getting everything done that you need to accomplish everyday can be stressful. As a busy mom, career woman, grandma, or housewife, you can take steps to make the day more productive and relaxed with just a little planning. You will find that this extra preparation allows you to focus and take things in stride, even when life is more than a little chaotic.

Get Up Early

Getting out of bed earlier than necessary may not, at least at first glance, seem like a good way to reduce stress. There is a great advantage to getting up a little earlier than your family. You can have a little time to organize things for the day ahead without being distracted, and you can spend a little time doing something that relaxes and inspires you. Reading, meditation, or even exercise are all options that you can choose. Do something you love and the rest of the day will be more enjoyable.

Know What to Expect

Stress levels peak when you are trying to accomplish several things at once. For example, dinner time is among the top stress causing times of day for families. Your family may experience higher stress at other times, as well. Planning for these times can help you focus on completing necessary tasks with minimal frustration.

You can try introducing a new routine that fits the needs of your family better. For example, if the kids are cranky during dinner preparation because they are hungry, you may want to move the meal up an hour or offer a healthy snack while the meal cooks. Taking the time to experiment with routines and schedules can really help you find patterns that fit the needs of your family best.

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Be Flexible

Stress also happens when it seems like nothing is being accomplished despite your best efforts. Having children requires being able to decide which tasks are most important and what can be changed to fit into your day better. Sometimes, it is better to leave chores for tomorrow and simply order dinner in. Know what absolutely must be done beforehand each day and focus on those tasks when things go awry.

Find Peace

Inner calm is the key to reducing stress. Both gardening and yoga are well-known for their relaxing benefits. Signing up for a gardening class, or using a yoga DVD at home, is a great way to become less stressed. If you don’t have a space for a traditional garden, try growing herbs and vegetables in containers.

Above all, you should expect the unexpected. Sick children, running late, or burning dinner don’t have to ruin your day. Make a list of things you are thankful for, take a deep breath, and think about the things on your list when the going gets tough.

I hope that you can feel some relief just from reading these tips!

If you’re looking for an in-depth delve into the idea of time management for us busy women, you’re going to love my Kindle book – TIME MANAGEMENT FOR STRESS RELIEF so I’d love for you to get a chance to read it because I promise you that it’s something that will help you see the patterns that involve time that underlie much of your feelings of stress.

To your stress relief success!

The Number One Cause of Stress Among Women…

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Today I want to talk to you about the number one cause of stress among women – money.

The demands of our jobs and family life sometimes cause excess levels of stress, but the leading cause of stress is money. When we feel that we are not managing our money properly, stress levels tend to rise astronomically. Here are a few tips about stress-free money management.

Keep Regular

First, it is important to deal with money on a regular basis. Many people avoid thinking about their financial difficulties, and this can lead to even higher stress levels. By accepting the fact that you have to deal with money issues, it may be possible to begin lifting the burden of stress.

Set a Goal

Next, make a goal about your money. If you have debt that you would like to pay off, make it a goal to put a dent in your debt through the year. If you would like to save up for a down payment for a new home, you may wish to make that a goal. Motivation is a powerful tool that can help us gain the courage necessary to deal with our monetary issues.

Be Realistic

Once you feel comfortable making decisions about your financial situation, it is important to sit down and be realistic about what you can do. Having goals is a wonderful step, but these goals must be attainable for them to be effective at reducing stress. If you do not have enough money coming in to meet your goals, you may need to reevaluate them.

You may also need to make some tough decisions about how you spend your money. While many of us enjoy going to the local coffee shop, we may not be able to afford spending five dollars every day on chilled coffee. Small changes add up over time, and making a few difficult decisions to cut back on spending may be enough to significantly reduce money stress levels.

Fortunately, reducing our stress in relation to financial issues often helps us spend less money. By being proactive and reducing how stressed money makes us feel, it’s definitely possible to spend less while reaping the benefits of a stress-resilient life.

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In addition, stress may lead to more appointments with the doctor, which further increases stress and can cost a considerable amount of money. Since stress is at the basis of many medical problems, and medical problems cost money, it’s important to get a grip on your money management so that you can reduce the amount of stress that surrounds the subject of money. Whatever your financial state is, take solace in the fact that there are solutions available to help you get out of debt and to ensure that your debt level does not continue to rise.

Since money mismanagement is one the leading causes of stress, and finances are the topic that most women get stressed about on a frequent basis, you can bet that I’ve written a book about it and how you can reduce your stress by managing your money effectively.

THIS BOOK is proactive in the sense that it really gets to the bottom of why finances can make us so stressed, it sooths your stress around the idea of money and it also offers practical tips to help you start managing your money effectively.

Be sure to check it out if you often find yourself stressed about money, finances, and money management! You’re going to love it:

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To your stress relief success!

Do You Walk Enough? Start Walking For Stress Relief!

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Today I want to talk about how walking is perfect for relieving stress. How often do you walk?

Walking is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Exercise in general is effective for stress reduction, but walking is accessible to anybody and doesn’t require special equipment or knowledge. Research has shown that people who walk enjoy lower stress levels than those who choose more strenuous forms of exercise, such as running or strength training. Here are some reasons why walking is superior when your goal is stress relief.

Lets You Slow Down

In a world where rushing has become the norm, walking can be a refreshing chance to slow down and appreciate your surroundings. Cycling and running require passing things by at a faster rate of speed that doesn’t allow for low-key observation. With regular walks, you’ll probably find yourself enjoying a more relaxed perspective on the world around you.

Enhances Your Mind-Body Connection

Stress can keep you locked away inside your head, causing you to lose track of what’s important and healthy for your body. Walking can remedy this by engaging you with your movements for awhile. If you focus on your senses during a walk, you can deepen this benefit. For example, concentrate on your breathing, the sounds around you and the feeling of your feet on the ground.

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Improves Your Sleep

Poor sleep is a common cause of stress, and exercise is one of the best medicines for insomnia and poor sleep quality. Significant improvements for sleep will come with at least 30 minutes of walking daily. Ayurvedic medicine recommends going for a walk before bedtime; if you decide to try this, choose a relaxed pace and savor the fresh air.

Gives an Escape from a Stressful Situation

Sometimes a short escape is all you need to reduce your stress. By going for a walk, you can take a break from a tense situation and have some time to collect your thoughts. It’s often best to walk alone at times like these, but if you’ve been stewing by yourself, try going for a stroll with a friend for a positive social occasion. As an alternative to driving, walking can be a great way to take more time on your trek to the store. As exercise, walking gives you more time away than running or cycling a similar distance.

Walking is a gentle, versatile way to lower your stress levels. Recent studies have also shown that it carries as much health benefit as more strenuous forms of exercise, such as running. Whether you enjoy walking alone or with friends, in the morning, at night or on your lunch break, you can easily reduce your stress anywhere there’s room to walk.

If you’re not used to actively walking or you’re not convinced of the amazing benefits that walking will have on your stress levels and the ways in which it can change your life, I want you to check out my Kindle book all about the amazing ways that walking can help your stress levels plummet!

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To your stress relief success!

What Does Nutrition and Stress Management have in Common?

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Today, I wanted to talk to you about a more general topic that’s helpful for 365 days of the year. It’s also a topic that many people don’t often associate with stress relief. And that topic is nutrition! Does nutrition and stress management have anything in common?  Read on to find out!

Life is challenging. As bad as it sounds, stress is a normal aspect of life. Some people experience more of it, and some people experience less of it. The bottom line is that we all have stress that is created by a number of different factors.

For many women, especially busy mothers, the combination of work and taking care of the kids can put immense stress on both the mind and body. Eating is a common way to cope with the stress, but this usually causes more harm than good for the majority of us. If you are exhausted from worrying about everything, here are some ways to eat and drink yourself back to a stress-resilient life.

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1. Break your fast

Stressing out causes people to do a lot of strange things. While most people tend to find comfort by indulging in their favorite meals and desserts, others simply skip eating altogether. Loss of appetite is a typical side-effect of stress, but it’s a very unhealthy habit because you can begin to miss out on a lot of energy and nutrition. The easiest meal to skip is breakfast since that’s when most people are rushing off to work. Add in the loss of appetite and there’s no chance for it. Unfortunately, breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives you the energy to get through your day. It is crucial for women who need the fuel to do strenuous jobs and care for the kids.

2.  Prepare your own meals

Stress and anxiety can bring you to engorge yourself with heart-clogging baked goods, fatty meats, fried delicacies, and more. Fast food joints and all-you-can-eat buffets are frequented by plenty of stressed out individuals. You might feel good while scoffing down all those unhealthy goodies, but you’ll probably feel horrible the minute you finish. Packing your body full of junk makes you feel heavy, tired, and sluggish–the opposite of how you want to feel if you have a lot to take care of. When you prep your own meals, you get to choose exactly what to include and what not to include. Avoid restaurant food, frozen dinners, sweets, and other processed foods since they contain tons of fat, sodium, sugar, and other unnecessary chemicals. Keeping your diet high in vitamins and minerals is key to having energy and feeling good, so strive to eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

3. Get energy from tea

Many people stress out because they run out of gas before they can finish all of their work. Most resort to unhealthy beverages like coffee and energy drinks to keep them going. Instead of putting all that sugar and those chemicals into your system, drink tea to get your caffeine fix. Most teas, especially green teas, are very beneficial for the body. They can boost energy, fight cancer, increase metabolism, and aid in burning fat.

4. Drink sparkling juice instead of wine

When people stress out and get depressed, they can resort to alcohol consumption to forget about their troubles. Instead of grabbing a six-pack or bottle of wine, drink sparkling wine so you don’t get intoxicated. Getting drunk can cause you to behave irrationally and violently, and you could end up hurting yourself or other individuals.

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