SMILE MORE

You wake up in the morning feeling stressed and overwhelmed at the to-do list, and that’s just to get the kids to school! Then there’s the to-do list when you actually get to work.

Your body sends stress hormones which trigger the ‘fight or flight’ response. You feel your heart racing, your breathing is short and shallow; you feel your muscles tense and you are ready for action. This was a normal response for cavemen when they needed these stress hormones to run or fight the bear to survive.

However, in our current day lives this has become the new normal for most of us. Stress in the short-term can actually be beneficial to your health as it can help you cope with certain situations. On the other hand if your stress levels stay elevated for prolonged periods of time (chronic stress) you may experience symptoms such as –

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia

“It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.”  Donna Karan

While it is difficult to eliminate all stress from our lives, we can control our response to stressful situations.

In every situation we always have a choice as to how we respond. We can learn how to manage our stress levels using a variety of different tools. Here are a few helpful ones –

  • Make time for exercise
    • A slow jog or brisk walk may be all you need to help reduce stress. Intense cardio can, in some instances, make you feel more stressed.
  • Take some deep breaths
    • One of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax.
  • Have a good belly laugh every day
    • Laughing decreases stress hormones and triggers the release of feel-good chemicals, endorphins.
  • Spend time outside
    • Helps you feel better emotionally and decreases your heart rate and muscle tension.
  • Reduce caffeine
    • Caffeine and stress both elevate the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Be present in the moment
    • Keep your thoughts focused on the present, rather than on what may or may not happen in the future.
  • Say no occasionally
    • If you don’t wake up in the morning feeling excited about your day, perhaps consider saying no to some things that aren’t important to you.
  • Meditation
    • Promotes relaxation and wellbeing. Start with as little as 2-5 minutes each day.
  • Change your state
    • If you are feeling stressed, one quick way to break that state is to change your physiology. Get up and move your body – dance, walk, look up, stretch etc.
  • Turn off your devices
    • Pick up a good book or have a relaxing warm bath before bed to improve your sleep.

Of course, remember to smile. It is difficult to stay stressed when you smile more!

“Ten years from now you’ll laugh at whatever’s stressing you out today.  So why not laugh now?”  Tony Robbins

Imagine how much your life would change even if you only used one or two of the above tools? Once you practice these techniques over time they will become positive habits you turn to when you feel stressed.

If you need further help, contact me to book in your 30 minute free consultation to find out more.

Also, if meditation is of interest to you please see the link below for my upcoming 5 week chakra journey meditation workshop starting on the 2nd of May in Sutherland.

Love, Justine x

“Stress is a choice. So is peace.”

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