Thursday, September 3, 2015

Help Yourself - Ways to Reduce Stress

Hi friends!! 

How's your week been? 

I feel like this week has been extra stressful. Today was the first day this week I feel like I have my life (a teeny tiny bit) together. Today was also the first day this week I was able to go to the gym...coincidence?

Maybe it's just the "first week back to school" mess. Meetings, paperwork, and getting back into the school routine after being on Summer mode for 3 months. That will do it! 

But next week there will still be stressors, just different ones or even the same.

So, is it possible to live a "stress-free life?" 

Honestly, I don't think so.

There will always be stress.

Even when you're retired, sitting on the beach somewhere, you'll still get stressed out about SOMETHING. Maybe it'll be the fact that you forgot sunscreen, but stress is stress is stress. 

The one thing you shouldn't do is complain bout the stress, because most of the time, whatever is stressing you out is under your control. 

YOU can change something. 
YOU can do something.
Get Outside
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Nature is a natural de-stressor. 

When we're stressed, exercise is good.
We all learned from Legally Blond that "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't." 
Whether it be an intense workout, a relaxing workout, or just dancing in your living room; get moving. 

Eat the Right Foods. 
What are the right foods when you need to reduce stress? CARBS! Yay carbs! 

From  "When high-carbohydrate food isn't bogged down by the presence of protein or fat, they allow an amino acid called tryptophan to flood your brain, where it morphs into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that boosts mood and curbs food cravings (such as your chocolate yearnings). As a bonus, it helps you tolerate pain and can even help you sleep like a baby. And all that happens in just half an hour."
So grab a bowl of popcorn or a loaf of Cuban Bread, and chow down. 

Get off Facebook. 
Not completely (God Forbid), but tone it down a bit. Limit it to once a day, or a few times a week.  
We look at Facebook and Instagram and see everyone’s “perfect” life. Can we agree that most people only post the good, great, and marvelous stuff in their life while leaving out the bad or normal every day routines? I know I do. 

Forgive someone and let go
Is there someone in your life that you're feuding with? If so, forgive, forget, and let go. Not for them. For YOU! It's not healthy to rehash a feud over and over again. I know there are some people in your life that would be nearly impossible to get out of your life. But if a certain someone harbors nothing but negative feelings in you, limit your time around that person. Don't talk to them if you don't have to. It's your life, and you choose who is in it. 

Watch a good movie

Have you ever felt like just getting out a good cry? No? Am I the only one? ;) Watch a tear-jerker movie with a happy ending. The Notebook always does the trick. With the kids? Watch Toy Story 3! Yes, I cried in that one too.

Get Your Mind Busy

Sitting around the house watching reruns isn't going to do you any good, especially if you're watching shows about people's glamorous, nanny filled lives. Good grief.
Finish that book you've been trying to finish for months, get in the kitchen and make something wonderful,or take the kids to the park and hear them laugh! 

If all else fails...
Go in a room by yourself, count to 10 with deep breaths in between, and scream into a pillow. :) Works like a charm. 


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