Letting go – stress sucks.

If you find yourself wanting to manage stress in your life but you’re stuck on the treadmill then you’re in luck. I’ve put together some well known stress relievers for busy people that can fit into your life schedule with very little fuss.

Being flexible, accurate, and a thorough thinker under stress and pressure is a foundational skill for life. However, even with the best intentions, thinking traps, core beliefs, runaway thinking, and catastrophising, can knock us about when we’re not preforming at our best and sabotage even those with the ‘suck it up’, ‘shoulders back’ and ‘move on’ attitude. . 

When moments like these get hold of even the most resilient of us its important to be ready and armed with coping strategies. Ive outlined a few tips gathered from various workshops and articles read that take little to no time and have great benefits when implemented into your daily routines.

Develop a new habit.

STOP Stress.  This technique is great when you feel stuck, frustrated or stressed out but need to remain focused and on a task.  The steps are as follows:

S:  Stop.  Stand or sit still and pay attention to how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking.

T:  Take a breath.  Taking a quick breath in and a long, slow breath out. This allows you to re-center and re-focus.

O:  Observe.  Take a mental note of where you feel tension in your muscles.  Are your shoulders tight?  Is your jaw clenched?  What are you thinking, and are those thoughts productive or counterproductive?

P:  Proceed.  Now that you have a little additional information about the sources of stress in your environment, proceed with what you were doing. 

The goal is to be aware of your wellbeing. This assists towards preventing the stress becoming a trigger for conflict and negative spiralling.

The glass is half full

While it takes a little practice to develop a more positive frame of mind, the practice takes little extra time and can really change your whole experience of life and how you live it. When we reframe an experience or event we can change the effect it has on us emotionally and physically. After some initial learning and a bit of habitual practice, positive reframing can assist you to experience better health and less stress.

And breathe…

Breathing exercises are a great way to relieve stress anytime and anywhere. They’re simple to learn, simple to use and can be done on the spot when you feel the tension, immediately helping you to feel better. One very effective exercise is to ‘inhale’ and ‘exhale your stress’. Repeat 2-3 times and focus on your breath.

Top up those vitamins

Taking your vitamins in the morning really can help you feel less stressed throughout the day. In particular, you may want to take a Vitamin B complex, Calcium and Magnesium, and Vitamin C. You should always talk to your doctor before beginning any new vitamin regime to be sure you take a mix that is safe for you and your particular situation, but vitamins are a quick and beneficial way to relieve stress if taken appropriately.

Its okay to say no!

It’s sometimes hard to say no, especially, if you’re concerned about disappointing or offending people. Learning to diplomatically say no is a quick and simple way to lighten your schedule. It allows you to put you first and that’s okay as well.

Put on your favourite playlist

Music has proven health and stress relief benefits and can be easily used in daily life to relieve stress. Busy people can turn on music during their morning routine, commute to and from work, during dinner, or at other times to relieve stress as they go about their daily activities. It is quick and it’s simple. With some pre-planning you can even have a playlist to put you into a particular upbeat or meditative mood.

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