Stop Creating Stress and Start Relieving It

I would be willing to bet that most often we are responsible for creating our own stress.  Whether it’s due to our inability to say “no”, or our lack of organization, or my favorite… my love of procrastination, there is always something that we can do to minimize our stress levels.

Learn what our experts have to say about how we can stop creating stress and start relieving it.

Are You Creating Your Own Stress?

Suppose you wanted to deliberately manufacture stress. How could you do it? Easy. Just make a practice of paying close attention to the irritating discrepancy between how things are and how good they could/should be.That’ll do it.

Unfortunately, that may be exactly what you are doing without realizing it. Lots and lots of people do it all the time – especially smart people – and as a result, they experience tons of unnecessary stress.

Fortunately, there is a remedy, although it takes concentration, commitment, practice and lots of reminders to implement it. Whenever you feel stressed out, just deliberately tune into how things are right now – I mean RIGHT NOW – not how they could be or should be or may be in the future. Most often you’ll find that if you can invest your attention in what’s happening right now, you’ll experience far less stress than when you were reflexively comparing “what is” to what could/should/might be.

Steve Levinson, Ph.D., President, Behavioral Dynamics, Inc.

Connecting Mind and Body to Stress Less for Success

Stress is an inevitable part of any busy person’s life but that doesn’t mean it has to control you. Most of us know what causes us stress: whether its relationship conflict, money challenges, too much to do and not enough time to do it, your first step in combating stress is to recognize what causes it. Identify your demons so you’re better aware of when stress closes in on you.

If you find yourself in the middle of a stressful event don’t forget to breathe. Find a quiet place if you can, or just sit where you are and focus on long, slow deep breaths of air (3-4 counts in and3-4 counts out). Your heart rate will slow down, the tension you may be feeling will abate, and hopefully your perspective will shift just a bit.

Always feeling frazzled and fried? Make sure you’re getting enough sleep – especially during stressful times, and if that’s not possible then make sure you’re eating healthy foods on regular intervals so you’ve got energy to combat the stress.

Exercise always helps too! Take control of your stress in small ways every day and soon you’ll stress less for success.

Michelle Cederberg, MKin, BA Psyc, Health Expert, Speaker and Author of ‘Energy Now! Small Steps to an Energetic Life’, Live Out Loud Speaking and Consulting

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