Stress is something that we all go through. There are a lot of different ways to deal with it. Managing stress is not something easy, and I am saying that from experience. It’s an exercise, it has to become a habit. Life has taught me that my diet and lifestyle has a lot to do with my mood and the level of stress I am experiencing. Let’s beat stress!

Today I will be sharing with you some of my favorite ways to naturally manage stress. To kick things off, I would like to first say that on days when you are feeling overwhelmed, make sure to avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and foods containing processed sugar. All these things might make you feel better for a short while, but eventually, they will cause your mood and blood sugar to crash. Don’t take me wrong, I’ve been there many, many times, and I bet you too. But like I said, we have to change our habits and the way we live every moment, every choice counts. One day at the time. The most important thing is to keep working on it and trying the best you can. It’s not about avoiding your problems or stressful situations; it’s about HOW we deal with them.

 

Have you ever felt like you just can’t unwind after a chaotic week or hectic situation you went through? That’s because stress triggers your body’s fight or flight response. Your adrenaline starts pumping, your heart beats faster, and your blood pressure rises. In small amounts, stress is natural and may even be beneficial. But learning to manage stress is key to preventing health problems such as depression or insomnia.

Music lifts it up my mood right way, so here is one of my favorite songs lately: take a minute and enjoy it!

Singing oh, happiness
Singing oh, happiness

I got a homesick heart but a long ways left to go
I’ve been doing my part but I ain’t got much to show
So I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

Chasing that life, moving on ’cause I had to prove
There ain’t no life worth doing what I did to you
So I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

I got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night
Telling me I wasn’t made for the simple life
There’s a light I see, but it’s far in the distance
I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

Singing oh, happiness
Singing oh, happiness

I’ve been working all night, maybe you could help me to believe
This song ain’t nothing if this song can’t set you free
So I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

I got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night
Telling me I wasn’t made for the simple life
There’s a light I see, but it’s far in the distance
I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

Singing oh, happiness
Singing oh, happiness

Sometimes you leave the ones you love
But if it’s love, they won’t give up
‘Cause they know a war’s raging and you gotta choose
These days are tough, these days are long
Sometimes it’s hard, you carry on
But I hear a voice singing and I know it’s true

I got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night
Telling me I wasn’t made for the simple life
There’s a light I see, but it’s far in the distance
I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

Singing oh, happiness
Singing oh, happiness
Oh, happiness
Singing oh, happiness

There is hope

You can help yourself relax almost anywhere. You just need to have the right tools. Did you know that there are some amazing natural ways for you to beat stress? Check out these alternative ways I’ve learned throughout the years with my experiences, therapy sessions, yoga, and meditation. I encourage you to try some of them, or all of them if suits your needs.  It can help you as much It helped me when I needed the most!

Wake up early

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Give yourself an extra 15 to 30 minutes before you head out the door. This will make you feel more refreshed—and less drained. Take time in the morning to center yourself. A lot of people get out of the door like a rocket ship and it never gets better from there. During this time, think about your goals for the day or read something inspirational. You might find that your normally crazy day goes a little smoother.

Visualize your stressful thoughtsstress

When you are having that kind of day, try to STOP. STEP BACK and OBSERVE your thoughts and feelings. Notice what’s happening, your physical sensations, emotions, images, memories. Notice the way you’re interpreting them, what they really mean, and how it’s affecting you.  Notice the unhelpful thoughts. What am I reacting to? This is a sort of visual mindfulness meditation, a way to sweep out whatever is buzzing around negatively in your head. Practice, so that you can be aware of when you are in the present moment rather than being ‘in your head’ – perhaps the past or future. Notice what you don’t normally notice – sights, sounds, sensations, thoughts, textures etc.

Take deep breaths

No matter if you’re checking out in the supermarket or waiting to pick up your kids from school, take one minute to breathe deeply through your nose into your abdomen. Breathing fully and deeply into the abdomen brings about a sense of calm because more oxygen is getting delivered to the body’s cells, which helps the body to relax. Close your eyes and only focus on inhaling and exhaling.

Nourish your body

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Another great way for you to naturally beat stress is to keep healthy snacks with you, on your car, desk, nightstand. By eating the best nutrients out of healthy choices like nuts, dry berries, avocado and even dark chocolate are all great ways to kick your stress to the side. However, I would suggest that you eat very small portions of dark chocolate and avoid any sort of processed milk or white chocolate.

Be grateful

Change the course of your stressful thoughts before stress gets worse. It’s so important to learn to connect with your thoughts and be aware of how your body reacts to that. For example, when you notice the tension in your body, picture a big red stop sign. Immediately switch your thinking to start mentally focusing on all the things you are grateful for. Look around you to include anything you find beautiful or pleasant in your present moment. What stress does to someone’s mind is flood it with thoughts, all of these thoughts hit your head and they make you feel overwhelmed. The best way to stop the stress spiral is by refocusing your mind into one thought. And if for some reason you may think you have nothing to be grateful that day, remember, you are ALIVE, that’s plenty to be grateful for.

Get outside

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Surrounding yourself with nature can be one of the most powerful stress relievers out there. I feel that the fresh air really clears up my mind and even lightens up my mood. When it comes to alleviating stress, there’s just something about being in our natural element that’s hard to beat. Five minutes, that’s all you need. Five minutes outside is all it takes to get the mood-boosting effect.

Sleep well

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Rule number one for me is making sure that I get proper sleep. Sleep is basically the key to stress relief because of our body and minds both functions well when we are fully rested. If you are having a hard time sleeping at night due to stress, I would suggest that you make it a habit of sipping caffeine-free tea before heading to bed. Another thing you can do is write down your thoughts in a journal every night as this way you will be able to free your mind, release your thoughts and hopefully enjoy a good night of sleep.

love,

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I love the idea of having a journal by bed! Great post!

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