5 Ways to Eliminate Stress from your Life

5 Ways to Eliminate Stress from your Life

As adults, especially parents, it is easy to find ourselves stressed out more often than not. There is a lot to take care of: bills, kids, spouses, meal times, the house…and it seems like there’s so little time to do it all. It’s no wonder stress is sky high for so many!

However, there is hope. Below are five ways you can eliminate stress from your life, making way for a happier and healthier you!

1) Change your eating habits 

Healthy meals, drinks, and snacks each day help your body cope with stress and keep it at a maintainable level. A well-balanced diet ensures your body has the nutrients it needs to feel better, more motivated, and less worried. Avoid caffeine, especially coffee, as it can cause you to be jittery, and it can actually heighten anxiety and stress.

2) Sleep more – and better

Our bodies need rest in order to keep stress at bay. Make sure you are getting the optimal amount for your body, which is typically 7-9 hours a day. Stay away from the TV, cell phone and other devices that stimulate your mind for at least an hour before bedtime. Create a relaxing environment in your bedroom with the help of fans or white noise machines, and begin a bedtime routine that allows you to wind down before hitting the pillow.

3) Reduce your plans

Going out every weekend after working late and getting the kids to their activities may seem fun. However, overdoing it is a great way to increase your stress levels, and keep them high. Start prioritizing your responsibilities, and learn to say no more often. Cutting back on commitments gives your body more time to chill and relax at home.

4) Stay active

While cutting back on your commitments is important, make sure exercise is not one that gets the boot. Studies have proven that working out regularly can increase endorphins in the brain, a chemical that gives us that happy feeling. Along with decreasing stress, exercise can also help ward off anxiety and depression.

5) Practice self-care regularly

It is easy to overlook your own health and well being when there is so much going on in life. However, self-care is essential if you want to alleviate the stress you feel on a daily basis. A nightly 30-minute bubble bath, weekly manicure, or monthly spa day gives you the time you need to clear your mind and just rest your body so you can meet the day feeling renewed.

 

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Here are some of my other favorite tips for handling and relieving stress:

  1. Keep a positive attitude. Try to look at the bright side even if things aren’t going so well.
  2. Accept that some things are out of your control.
  3. Do something that is enjoyable for you like gardening or reading.
  4. Go for a walk or a drive if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  5. Sit quietly and reflect for at least 15 to 20 minutes every day.
  6. Practice relaxation techniques like mediation, yoga or deep breathing.
  7. Get regular exercise like jogging, bicycling, walking or working out at the gym or in your own home.
  8. Reach out to friends, family or others in your social network to talk about your stressful issues.
  9. Avoid people or activities that stress you out whenever possible.
  10. Write down your thoughts in stressful moments to help gain perspective.
  11. Learn to say no and quit trying to please everyone all the time.
  12. Stand up and stretch or rotate your neck to loosen your muscles.
  13. Soak in a hot tub with bath salts in a relaxing scent like lavender.
  14. If you have a pet cat or dog sit and pet or play with them for a few minutes.
  15. Be sure to get enough rest and sleep so your body can recover from stressful events.

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​Disclosure – This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

 

How to Stress Less & Enjoy the Holidays More

As the countdown to the holidays grows shorter and shorter, the burdens of your to-do list grow larger and larger. There are cookies to bake, gifts to buy, cards to mail, home décor and house cleaning to complete.

Sound familiar?

Sound like too much?

Like every good coach will tell you, you’ve got to have a game plan. The holiday season is no different. Just look upon Christmas day as “game day”– no television required.

The key to de-stressing your holidays is not allowing your holidays to become more of a burden then a joy.

If you’re planning a large family gathering, ask everyone to help out. Each member of the family can bring a covered dish for dinner, leaving you only to prepare the main dish.

Ask family members living nearby to come over a few days early to help clean and decorate the house, and exchange the same for them.

When you know family members are going out shopping, ask them to pick up items for you.

Send your husband and kids out for supper and a movie, while you and your friends have a gift wrapping party. Also, many small shops now offer gift wrapping services, as do local church organizations and children’s clubs like Girl Scouts.

Feel overwhelmed when it comes to baking? Join a cookie exchange where you only have to make one kind of cookie. This way, on Christmas day you’ll have a variety without all the work of changing recipes. Don’t bake? It’s okay to skip the oven sweat and pick up a variety cookie tray at your local bakery.

Do gift exchanges freak you out? You just never know what to buy the family member whose name you got stuck with? Why not suggest a Yankee Swap this year? Old gifts that you got and never used, or new ones you picked up on the fly… your family will have plenty of fun discovering what’s inside while they swap and laugh till the end.

Skip the handwritten addresses this year for your Christmas card list and create one through your word processing software. Print them out on standard mailing labels and save half the time of processing your Christmas cards. Each year, you can pull up the file and update the addresses in just a few minutes.

Is it your wallet pressing the most weight on you this holiday season? Sometimes the most cherished gifts are those that cost very little to nothing to give. Written sentiments, a handmade item, a promise of service (like shoveling the snow from the driveway, or walking the dog), or traveling to see someone can rank as the best gifts of all.

Before you let the holidays stress you, create a plan to lighten the burdens and bask in the joy of the season.

About the Author:  

MRsCHADT is the author of the 2011 Daily Mood Organizer, Mood Journal, and MRsCHADT’s Holiday Planner. She has written over a hundred articles on crafting, self-help, and home organization for both online and print venues. You can find out more about MRsCHADT at http://www.mrschadt.com/.