Question- What’s your stress level on a regular basis? You are probably wondering, “Tiff, what does that have to do with beauty, style or inspiration?”…well, it has a lot to do with how healthy, vibrant, aware, sharp, peaceful and powerful you feel. Constant stress is carried on your face and will dull your light and not to mention over time it can cause serious dis-ease in your body. So, let’s discuss this because I am personally checking in with myself and my own stress levels on a regular basis and I find everywhere I turn people are just out-of-their-mind STRESSED OUT! This is no way to live ladies. LIFE IS SHORT!
I’m about to keep it very real here…
In the past I lived in a constant state of high anxiety because I had not healed through my issues and like many people I numbed myself with drugs and alcohol. A friend convinced me to see a doctor and of course, they put me on anti-depressants, anti-anxiety pills and ambien to sleep because I would be so amped up from the other pills. WHEW! It’s a vicious cycle with this stuff and I couldn’t function long on all these RX’s. For me, the only thing that worked to calm the nerves was to turn to God, begin red flagging my stressors and begin a serious spiritual practice of prayer & journaling. As I began to crack open my spirit and face my issues, I was more in tune with myself and the things, situations and PEOPLE that stressed me out. Learning to manage your stress will change your life and the lives of those around you! It truly effects every area of our lives:
- Sleep Difficulties
- Loss of Appetite or Over-eating
- Lack of Concentration
- Sloppy performance on the job
- Anti-social Behavior
- Abusing Alcohol or Drugs
- Nervous Habits
- Short Temper
- Poor Memory
Does that sound about right? Make it a priority to check in with yourself on a regular basis and deal with the stress so it doesn’t grow into an unmanageable beast.
Here’s 20 tips I have found to help:
- Do not keep things bottled up! Talk to someone you trust to help you work through it.
- Spend time daily doing an activity you love. (I clear my head with a long powerwalk)
- Improve your diet! Eating vitamin rich foods and avoiding junk with preservatives will keep your nervous system functioning properly. Add a B complex supplement too!
- Simplify! This is so important but very difficult for “busy bodies”. Stop taking on too many activities at once. You know the popular saying, “my plate is so full”. Well, change that!
- Stop rushing! When you feel panicked or rushed, STOP- sit quietly, take a deep breath and regain your composure.
- Keep a zen-like peaceful environment at work and at home.
- Be present! Don’t put too much thought into the future or the past. Enjoy the NOW!
- Avoid unrealistic expectations on yourself and others! Whew- this will alleviate a ton of stress.
- Get enough sleep!
- Exercise more! It produces “feel good” chemicals.
- Take note of your moods! Ladies, we have those pesky hormones to deal with so be aware of how you’re feeling emotionally and cut yourself a break when you need to.
- Explore relaxation methods: Yoga, walking, journaling, listening to soothing music, hiking, etc.
- Express yourself! If you feel sad, allow yourself a good cry. If you’re angry, express it constructively. (Breaking plates not allowed)
- Love people and use things! Not the other way around. Walking in love is a huge stress reducer. Drop the ego.
- Take a techno break! Unplug the phone, stay off the computer, don’t watch TV. Often these things bring major stress into our life and we don’t even realize it.
- Learn the power of saying “NO”. This brings tons of stress on many woman. Being a ‘people pleaser’ will ultimately stress you out and build resentment!
- Do not use crutches! Food, cigarettes, drugs or alcohol will also ultimately add to your stress instead of the temporary relief of it.
- Avoid boredom! Period.
- Surround yourself with positive peeps! Stress and negativity are contagious so hang out with positive, uplifting friends.
- Get in touch with the little kid inside you on a regular basis! Try to have more fun and find things that give you a good belly laugh every once in a while.
Most important thing of all – GRACE! It gives you the strength and power to get done what you need to even when you think you can’t. Tap into it.