5 ways to overcome stress

5 ways to overcome stress

Stress is a normal part of life and we should always be in search of better solutions that are easy to understand and implement. Hopefully, these five will be beneficial for you.

  1. Give yourself permission
  2. Spending time out in nature
  3. Physical activity
  4. Nutrition
  5. The company you keep

Give yourself permission
We get so caught up in our daily lives. Attending to hectic to-do lists and making sure that everyone’s needs are met. How often do we stop to give ourselves permission to put our own needs first? Make your intentions clear to yourself for whatever your heart and soul yearns for, e.g. “My intention is to live a happy, healthy, productive life. My intention is to live with ease and effortlessness. My intention is to be healthy, vibrant and lean”. Make a list of everything you have in mind, do some research if you need to, however, I’m sure you know exactly what you want.

Notice that not a single negative word has been used in the examples provided. Your intentions must be framed in the positive. You have complete freedom to state exactly what it is that YOU want. Let go of any fear or guilt. Excuses is just another way of fear holding you back. Let it go.

Spending time out in nature
Can you remember the last time you walked outside in the park or in a garden? Can you remember how it made you feel? Spending time reconnecting with nature helps you to clear your mind and detach yourself from worldly affairs. Unplug from technology and allow nature to nurture and heal you. Walking on the beach and listening to the waves is soothing and relaxing. For some just listening to the rain or going for a hike has the same effect. Choose something that resonates with you and helps you feel like a new person.
Physical activity
Any kind of physical activity you enjoy will suffice. Just be consistently consistent and persevere. Some suggestions are going for walks, gym, yoga, running, hiking, cleaning house, play with kids, chase your cat or dog, etc. Choose the staircase over the lift or escalator and park a bit further away from entrances to buildings.

“Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it”

Make your activities social and take a buddy along with you. If you don’t feel like going out, then doing simple exercises like squats and sit ups will help greatly but do it everyday then.

Be curious and read up on different types of cardio and strength training and find something that really appeals to you. Remember to ease into it. Go slow and steady. And most importantly HAVE FUN!

If you’re committed to bringing about change in your life, you will do whatever it takes.

Here’s a little motivation from Elvis, “a little less conversation, a little more action”
Nutrition
Garbage in, Garbage out – What you put in is what you get out. Eat less, do more. I try to stick with the rule of ‘everything in moderation’ and to just go with how I feel. I don’t follow any specific diet but at the very least try incorporating one thing at a time, like drinking enough water and just building on that. I believe in making small adjustments at a time. Assess your current cooking methods and see what healthier options are easily available.

Be curious, read up and subscribe to websites for recipes and ideas for healthy cooking options.There is a wealth of information at your fingertips.

Going cold turkey should never be an option. Whatever it is that you choose to do remember to be kind to yourself. If you feel like having a treat then have it. Being realistic is very important too as you cannot expect to lose weight when you’re consuming a cupcake everyday. Most importantly, eat for enjoyment.

Take supplements, vitamins and minerals
I’m not advocating that you become a pill popper however I do recommend it if a deficiency has been detected by your dr or practitioner. I’ve heard many speak about how they don’t like taking pills or they struggle to be consistent. You want to feel better right? So, you need to get rid of the toxins in your body that’s making you feel sluggish. Intentions plays a key role here too.

Look forward to experiencing that energy and vitality, you’ll want to take on anything! I am not a dr or practitioner of any type so please chat to one you trust before taking anything. I’ve listed what I’m currently taking along with some benefits. Your needs may differ which may result in a different combination of supplements, vitamins and minerals.

  • Magnesium
  • BComplex
  • Vitamin C
  • Omega 3

Magnesium helps to metabolise fat and cortisol which helps you get leaner quicker. This combination also helps you to sleep better, be more focussed, improves your brain function, fight depression, feel more relaxed and energised.
The company you keep
Who you choose to associate with impacts your life more than you realise. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to choose your circles carefully. Who you choose as your supporting cast is critical to achieving your dreams and goals. Your supporting cast are people who are supportive and are the type who are never going to say anything negative of those very goals that are important to you nor will they try to take you off your path and attempt to make you do things their way or what they believe is best for you. They will assist you in finding solutions and help you get unstuck. Their encouragement is uplifting when you feel like giving up and they are there to remind you of why you set these dreams and goals in the first place.
The company you keep will be made of many different groups of people like family, friends and co-workers. Your supporting cast could be people who come from any of these groups. The point I’m trying to make is that not everyone will be part of your supporting cast and just because someone isn’t doesn’t mean that they cannot form part of your social circle.

Different people bring out different aspects of us and some friendships last forever whilst some (sadly) are only there for a brief time. It is also very important to have a variety of friends who are different from each other because variety will mean that your thoughts and view of the world are not only shaped by the influence of just one person or the common thinking of a particular group. The more people you meet the easier it becomes to identify the toxic type. I enjoy meeting new people all the time because I believe that it helps me to grow as a person and I keep myself open to meeting lots of different kinds of people as it really excites me to learn about different cultures, interests and other beliefs.

“Live life, have fun”

I hope my thoughts have resonated with you and that it has sparked an element of curiosity in you to find solutions to improving and uplifting your life, your way.

Here’s a little swifty motivation for you…Let’s shake it off like Taylor Swift.

References
a. http://www.poliquingroup.com/articlesmultimedia/articles/article/669/twelve_benefits_of_magnesium.aspx