Women kicking Stress in the butt
Find Calm in the Chaos and Transform Your Life
We live in a stressful world. These days, many of you are expected to work longer hours for less pay than your male co-workers. You may also have to wait much longer for that promotion for which you have “gone the extra mile”. When you get home from work, it’s not time to relax. You still must cook dinner, clean up, take the dog for a walk, help the kids with their homework, support your partner, and if you are a Single mother, do everything by yourself. If you are an entrepreneur you then must plan to improve your business, and there are assignments to be done if you are upgrading your education. Then it will be time to go to bed so you can wake up and do it all over again. Such a pattern of living cultivates stress as an ever-present partner.
Luckily, there are strategies you can use to help you minimize the stress in your life.
Not all stress is bad. We experience stress because it is actually useful. A little bit of
stress keeps you motivated to get things done. Stress can also help keep you alert
and being alert helps you avoid danger.
However, too much stress can have both emotional and physical consequences. So
what can you do to help reduce your stress level?
Consider these ideas:
- Get more sleep. This is easier said than done, but getting more sleep helps a lot
when it comes to reducing stress. Try going to bed even 30 minutes
- Find some other ways to relax. Take a little “me time” whenever possible. Try
these activities to help you relax:
Go for a walk
Find a hobby
Listen to music
Keep a journal
- Get more exercise. When you exercise vigorously, your body releases
endorphins which are hormones that make you feel good.
Exercising also helps you release pent-up energy and physical exertion
makes you tired and will help you relax and improve your sleep.
- Get organized. If you start your day by making a plan and sticking to it, you’ll
eliminate a lot of stress. Being pulled in a lot of different directions is very
stressful, but when you stick to your plan, you can get things done by breaking
them down into small, manageable pieces.
- Set realistic goals. If you set goals that are difficult or impossible to achieve,
you will be creating more stress for yourself. However, when you can achieve your
goals and lessen your to-do list, you will have a feeling of accomplishment.
- Talk to someone who is achieving their goals. Simply getting something off your chest can give you a tremendous amount of relief.
- Talk to a professional. If the stress in your life is too much for you to deal with
on your own, seeking professional help and talking to a therapist can be a great solution. Unlike a friend or family member, a therapist will suggest relaxation techniques or other effective strategies for coping with stress.
Just remember, if you’re dealing with stress in your life, you’re not alone. Try using some of these tips to minimize your stress, enjoy some calm, and live a more fulfilling life as you pursue your goals. Good luck Sisters!