Falling into stressful situations is easy, getting out of them is quite difficult especially because stress is an intrinsic part of our lives and a reality we can’t avoid. Flat tyres will happen, credit cards will be stolen and the noisy neighbour won’t change.
We have established that identifying stressors and taking a positive approach when embracing the three steps of ‘eat right, think right and drink right’ we can form the foundation of day to day stress management.
Often terms like exercise, diet and sleep are thrown around as the foundation of stress management, with good reason but achieving these changes are easier said than done. If our lives weren’t stressful, we would have enough time to sleep well, eat right and exercise but we don’t. Change isn’t easy but these perceptions aren’t concreate.
Exercise – don’t see exercise as ridiculously early mornings surrounded by a bunch of beautiful people hopping on treadmills and effortlessly lifting weights. All we need to do is just start, and it could be as simple as taking a weekend walk in your own neighbourhood. Eventually the more exercise you do, the more you want to do, once you reach this point, you will feel positively empowered by your choices to lead a more active lifestyle.
Eating healthy – quality going in means a better, less stressed you, but it does not mean ‘don’t ever have a treat’. Anything from spots to acid reflux are results of a poor diet, but you can help your digestive system put up a better fight. Stop taking over the counter remedies that only mask symptoms of heartburn or other digestive troubles. There are plenty of ways to help your digestive system. As mentioned in our previous post, by drinking the right amount of ‘clean’ water for your body, and using more natural supplements you can give your gut the boost it needs.
Hobbies – the couch isn’t really a hobby, it’s more of a blackhole where mental stimulation goes to die. This is not to say that you don’t deserve a slob day every now and again, after all we are human, but something as simple as colouring in a pretty picture while watching TV will give your mind and body the timeout it truly needs. Hobbies don’t have to be expensive or complicated, they are for you to use your time and unwind in a way you enjoy.
These changes might seem like a big step to someone who feels at the end of their rope, but it’s important to remember that if you don’t manage your stress levels the potential damage to your body and overall health is a reality we do need to face.
Ironically, it is actually our own resistance to change that makes these simple actions seem impossible. But it can be done, all it needs is a tiny step outside of your comfort zone. Start small, give yourself time to adjust to these stress management tips and you will find that your mood will be a little better, your step will have a little more bounce, and your smile will be a little less fleeting.