10 Practices for Reducing Stress

From the regular, ongoing stress that comes from living in a complex, high-impact culture to specific life events that knock us for a loop, when the negative effects of non-stop stress accumulate, they damage our health physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Paying attention and recognizing when we hit stress “hot spots” is the essential first step.  The second step is to take action to reduce and better manage stress.  The following are simple daily practices to help you maintain balance and get back to well-being at particularly stressful times.

1: Breathe.  Deeply. Especially when you find yourself irritable or angry.

2: Find stillness.  Your bedroom, a park bench, your car—where you can be quiet and restful.  Go there when you need to.  Meditate.

3: Relax.  Take a bath, nap or shower.  Sit in the sun or shade.  Get a massage.  Do nothing.

4: Watch what you eat.  Don’t over or under eat; drink water; eat fruits and veggies.  Easy on the sugar, caffeine, fatty foods and alcohol.

5: Get it out.  Talk to trusted friends, a coach or counselor.  Write in a journal.  Pound a pillow.

6: Say no.  Remember the Lesson of the Oxygen Mask.  If you don’t take care of yourself first, you’ll have no well to draw from for helping others.

7: Get physical.  Exercise, walk, play a game, dance, sing, garden.

8: Try something new.  Change your perspective with new people, new ideas, new activities, new beliefs.

9: Smile and laugh out loud.  Force it at first, if necessary.  It’s impossible to stay negative or burdened with a grin on your face.

10: Have fun.  Don’t forget to take time to play, be creative and do things that nourish your soul.

Author’s content adapted under license, © 2008 Claire Communications

About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at djwlifecoach.blog. For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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