Do you often get stressed, anxious or depressed?
Do you suffer or have suffered from high blood pressure, sleep issues, skin conditions, obesity?
Sometimes we don’t even know why we feel the way we do, and the scary thing is, much of this can be due to stress!
Stress symptons are way too common in our society, and in some instances we don’t even realise it! Not only does stress worsen many current health issues you may already have; it can actually cause them. Some conditions include depression, anxiety, heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, skin conditions, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, sleep issues and relationship problems are just a few.
I am amazed just how many of my clients suffer from stress and stress related concerns; in fact, it is one of the top 3 issues. These clients have recognised that stress is one of their main problems and have set about doing something to change it. “Good on them ” I say.
I find it so satisfying to help and watch a person re-engage with activities to control and start to reduce problems that are contributing to their stress levels.
I have recently been assisting a surgeon who has a very responsible position, a young family and is time poor. He realised he was suffering from stress. which was affecting his health and wellbeing, as well as relationships at home and work. Through my health coaching program, we have been working together to help him get back on track to a happy and healthy life.
So what can you do to lower your stress levels?
I would like to suggest a few ways that may help you. Pick one or two and decide to incorporate them into your life.
- Ensure you have some time each week just for you. Do something that you love to do.
- Write a list of all the things that relax you or you have noticed reduce your stress levels. Decide to ensure you incorporate one of these things into each day.
- Go for a brisk walk for 10 mins per day, longer if you choose.
- Prioritise time each week with people that energise you.
- Reduce time with people that drain you.
- Spend 10 minutes in the sunshine each day.
- Listen to music.
- Read a book or magazine.
- Lie on the carpet and close your eyes. Breathe and enjoy your breath.
- Borrow or buy a meditation CD or APP and use it regularly.
- Minimise beverages and foods that stimulate you, such as coffee, tea, cola, chocolate, alcohol.
- Ensure you get a minimum of 7 hours sleep per night. Best to go to bed early.
- Share how you are going with a trusted friend or family member.
- Spend time each day outdoors in nature, or in your garden.
- Write in a journal each day, or when you feel like it. Studies show this can have a significant effect at reducing stress.
- Think of 3 things you are thankful for. Write them down on a slip of paper and read daily. Stick it on your bathroom mirror.
- Write a mantra to encourage yourself daily. Place it somewhere you will see it.