7 Ways to Deal with Stress
In this article, I will show you 7 ways to deal with stress, or ways to deal with anxiety. Another way to say deal with stress is actually deal with anxiety. I could have made this article about 10 ways to manage stress, but I think 7 is a perfect number. So here goes…
Stress is one of the most important factors to physical and emotional health. It’s estimated that 90% of doctor visits are stress related these days. I want to help you deal with stress today so you can live longer!
Stress can weaken the immune system and accelerate the aging process. Studies show that life events like strife in the home, divorce and job loss can reduce immunity in the body. Even daily stresses like deadlines, traffic jams and long lines at Starbucks can all cause stress, leading to a reduced immune system. Not to mention what stress does to your digestive system and what it does to nutrient absorption. If you are stressed and you try to eat a meal, you can’t digest a thing! When a person is stressed, the body actually causes blood to go away from the digestive system making it difficult for nutrients to be properly absorbed and digested. This alone make it important to learn these 7 ways to deal with stress and different tips to deal with stress.
7 Ways to deal with stress:
1. Breathing for stress — this is a BIG ONE in the 7 ways to deal with stress. There are certain activities to deal with stress. Again, this is a big one! Before you eat a meal – take 5-10 deep slow breaths in and out through your nose, and then your brain will switch gears and your body will be calm and relaxed, the blood will return to the digestive system, and now you can digest your food!
2. Take control of your time. Make a daily or weekly schedule for yourself. Time management is huge, and a big stressor if we don’t have a daily plan. You can plan your meals for the week on Sunday, for example. If you work a 9-5 job, plan to go to sleep early and get up a bit early to exercise. Write it out. Plan your meals. You will feel so much better. Schedule time time for yourself. Women, get a manicure and pedicure and perhaps even a massage on the weekend, or even mid-week. Do this for YOU. It’s something to look forward you, and will certainly relieve stress. This can also be helpful regarding how teens deal with stress.
3. Focus 100% on the task at hand. Don’t answer the phone or check email while working on a project at your desk. Give 100% focus to what you are doing, and set a realistic time limit in which to get it done. You will find that you are so much more productive, and you will plow through work with ease. You already wrote down your “must get done” list for the day with only about 3-4 things on there, and you’ve now accomplished them! Ahhh…. feels so good! Then you can do things on an “I’d like to do list” and enjoy your day.
4. Learn to say no. People are pulling on us for so many different things all the time, even daily. Don’t ever feel bad about saying no to something you cannot commit to, or you don’t want to do. Just be honest and say you just can’t commit to it, or perhaps another time might work. If it’s something you plain do not feel you want to do, just say you don’t feel right about it. PERIOD. Don’t worry about what someone else thinks. They will get over it, or find someone else to do what they asked you to do. You control your time. Don’t let someone have that right in your life.
5. Eat the right food to fuel your body. Nutrition is “mood food.” The food you eat will either give you energy, or rob you of energy, depending on what you are eating. Choose right foods. Lean protein (for your metabolism), good fat (for brain health), and fiber (to keep your liver and colon clean). Drink lots of Spring Water, and eat your meals over an 8 hour period in the day. This is called “intermittent fasting,” which I will cover in an upcoming blog post.
6. Get proper sleep. People really underestimate the power of sleep. I personally need nine hours of sleep. Don’t laugh! I can get by with eight, but with seven, I’m pushing it and certainly NOT at my best. Many people feel most alert in the mornings, and that’s me! I like to go to sleep early so I can get up early, and get things done before 9 a.m. It’s a great feeling to know that by 9 a.m., you’ve already accomplished so much. This is truly a key on how to deal with stress.
7. Make sure you have a relationship with God. I can’t stress this enough. Even science confirms that folks who believe in JESUS CHRIST, have more of a sense of peace in their lives than those who don’t. I don’t mean just knowing “about” God, I mean actually knowing God, through a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. If you have always wanted to know God, but feel He is far away from you, I want you to know that He is as close as your breath. When you have a relationship with Christ, you can be victorious in every area of your life! This is exactly what happened to me. I was NOT living the victorious life 13 years ago, and that’s when it all began. I am SO thankful to God for saving me and pulling me out of the pit of despair that I was in. As I’ve said in my book, “IT CAN BE DONE. ‘You CAN Live in Victory 24.7.” See the book and here.
The bottom line of the 7 ways to deal with stress is that you must learn to deal with it, or it can destroy your health.
You need to be the master of your own life. Better yet, let JESUS be the master of your life, and watch what happens! I am excited for you!