Have you heard of the quote “Don’t bring yesterday’s problems in your new day?” That is probably the best piece of advise you can get to avoid losing your mind dealing with everyday STRESS.
But of course it’s easier said than done. As humans, we do carry along yesterday’s baggages and this causes a lot of stress as we try to navigate the new day.
An accumulation of such worries and problems will almost always end up in a high stress level. Imagine problems from the past week still hounding you today, and new problems pile up on top of the garbage in your mind.
That has to STOP! We must be able to “dump” all of our concerns and worries from the previous day or days and concentrate fully on what we have TODAY!
So how do you do this?
Working with my students and clients who seek my help with managing stress, I’ve come up with these 3 “stress-busting” tips.
Stress Reduction Tip #1: Free Your Mind
The mind is powerful, and needs to be used to manage stress. Make it a resolve to free your mind of every thought from yesterday, and focus your mind “on the now….” this moment only. Having this one thought only, take in three very deep breaths and slowly release each one.
As you do this, visualize each and every problem, each and every concern, and each and every unresolved matter, beginning to dissolve. Tell yourself you can deal with them at a later time. For now, you are only to be in this very moment.
As you enter this frame of find, go to a quiet place where you can feel that you are at peace. Once in this location, just relax your body and breathe in deeply, enjoying the experience of being one and at peace within yourself. Use this quiet time and place to be calm. By doing this, you free your mind and body of all worry, regrets, frustrations, anger and sadness.
Stress Reduction Tip #2 Imagine
As you have peace in this quiet place, think of one simple act that you do and in your mind, do that one thing. This can be rocking your baby, taking a quick walk, watering the plants, etc. Let you mind continue to be mind quiet and calm.
Practice this each day and you will soon find out that you will accomplish so much more in your day to day life. And when you feel stressed again, just go back to that quiet place and start all over again until you have reached your “inner place of calm.”
Stress Reduction Tip #3: Feed Your Body and Soul
Stress can easily escalate when we don’t eat and drink properly. To avoid this, limit the amount of salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol in your diet. Drink plenty of clean, pure water each day and do at least moderate exercise each day. This will breathe new life into your skin, hair and will nourish all of your vital organs.
Now let’s go to breathing. It is important that you set aside time for practicing to breathe properly. Take deep breathes to take in oxygen.
Also learn to laugh — and then laugh some more! Laughter is the best medicine and food for the soul. Did you know that laughter changes us physiologically? It stretches the muscles of the face and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to the body. Laughter is food for the soul because it is a sign of being happy.
It is also important that you spend time on doing the things that you enjoy most, and spend time with people dear to you to have healthy and fulfilling relationships. If there are problems or issues with a friend, try to work them out so you remain close and happy.
Lastly, and I cannot stress this more… get enough sleep.
When you don’t get the number of hours of sleep that you need, you are only getting more stress. Lack of sleep leads to confusion and mistakes, which leads to frustration and stress.
Tips to Carry You Through
By following the tips above you will realize that when we are happy and living a balanced and healthy life, everyday stresses will not burden us that much. We will be better equipped to deal with stressful situations and more importantly we will be in control!
I will have to tell you that being in control and knowing that you are in control is important if we are to beat stress. Do this: Take one particular stressor in your life and then work on it until you regain control. This should give you hope that whatever comes your way, you will have less worry and less stress.