Often, if we’re not being mindful, we don’t realize how always being busy and rushed can impact our physical and emotional health.
If we keep adding more to our already full plate, it can cause chronic stress, which will inevitably lead to exhaustion and burnout. Before these plates come crashing down, make room for peace and tranquility in your life.
Here are a few suggestions to help bring awareness to the level of stress you may be dealing with, and to develop a plan to manage it.
Be aware of energy drains and stress symptoms
Do you know what leads to stress in your life? Maybe it’s your work, family, or financial issues? Often, any uncertainty or change can lead to a stress response.
The important thing is to be aware of what’s causing stress in your life. Whether it’s an expected activity or situations you can prepare for and manage, or an unexpected life event, it’s important to know where stress comes from and how to handle it.
If stress seems to be more sporadic for you, you can start to pay attention to the stress symptoms you experience. This can provide a good clue that you are getting a little overwhelmed.
What symptoms appear when you are overloaded with stress?
These are just a few ways stress can manifest itself in our life. Notice how stress symptoms can be emotional, physical, relational, and mental. What domains do your stress symptoms appear?
By being aware of your stress symptoms you can make sure to begin dealing with stress before you are overwhelmed.
Learn healthy ways to cope with stress
Do you have healthy ways that you can deal with stress? Most likely the quick fix is not the best way to handle it.
We must learn to take care of and nurture ourselves so we can neutralize stress through healthy habits, such as exercise, relaxation, eating well, and engaging in enjoyable activities.
Consider what your stress symptoms are and incorporate coping skills that deal with these symptoms. If your shoulders are tense and back hurts, try stretching, exercising, and taking a warm bath. Maybe you feel grouchy and irritated. Deal with these emotional symptoms by doing something you love, finding a way to laugh, or spending time with friends.
You can create your own healthy stress reducers by uncovering your stress symptoms and what works to alleviate them.
Finding peace and tranquility
All in all, releasing ourselves from stress is about calming the mind and body by having moments of peace and tranquility.
A major source of peace is when we can let go of fears and worries and no longer let these run our lives. This is real peace of mind.
Making time for solitude and silence is crucial to calm our mind and body. Meditation and prayer offer a wonderful source of respite, where we can neutralize the stress response, and limit the impact this has on our health.
Don’t let worrisome and troubling thoughts dominate you. You do not have to believe every thought that goes through your mind. Focus instead on hope, faith, and peace. Know that you can find a way to deal with all of the commotion or trauma that is taking place by giving yourself a chance to have peace and tranquility.
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