By Aurelia M. Williams
STRESS. "Yes, the S word'. Stress is the 'wear and tear' our bodies
experience as we adjust to our constantly changing environment. Stress has both
physical and emotional effects on us and can it can create positive or negative
As a positive influence, stress can help compel us to action; it can result
in a new consciousness and an exciting new perspective. As a negative influence,
it can result in feelings of distrust, rejection, and depression, which in turn
can lead to health problems such as headaches, upset stomach, insomnia, ulcers
and other health problems. As you can see, as we adjust to different situations,
stress can either help or hinder us depending on how we react to it.
I'm not going to sit here and tell you that you shouldn't let things concern
you but what I do what to say is that you can slowly begin to reduce the stress
in your life.
As women, we wear many hats and as moms, our hat racks are overflowing. Be
sure to recognize stressful situations and take a notice of how you deal with
them both mentally and physically.
You remember that saying? If mama' ain't happy, nobody is happy? Well, I
tend to agree with it so I am very conscience of the stressful situations that I
am confronted with and I am sure to time off when I can to replenish my mind,
body, and spirit.
Sit back, relax, and see if you can apply some or all of the action steps
below into your life and begin on the road to less stress.
Write it down. Write down goals, errands, chores, due dates etc and
instead of creating just a "To Do" list, keep a "Have Done" list too. Move
things from your To Do list to the Have Done list after having completed them.
At the end of the day, review how productive you were.
Express yourself. Unloading your worries and concerns is a terrific
way to clear your mind and reduce stress. It's very important not to keep
everything inside so try finding a friend or a professional whom you can talk
to. You can also write your feelings down in a journal. Moving things out of
your head and onto paper can help you release a lot of the inner turmoil you may
Don't avoid. If there's something in your life that's causing you to
worry; seek out things that will help you feel in control. For instance, if
you're suffering from financial problems, try read some books on gaining control
of your financial life or seek the help of a financial planner.
Drink some orange juice. Scientists have discovered that vitamin C
can reduce the production of stress hormones. Try Eating an orange, drinking
some juice, taking a Vitamin C supplement. Here are a few foods that are rich in
vitamin C: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers,
potatoes, strawberries, grapefruit and cantaloupe.
Exercise. Studies have shown that taking a brief 10 minute walk
during intense times will increase the amount of oxygen to your brain, allowing
you to think more clearly and ultimately helping you to make better decisions.
Give yourself a license to be imperfect. No one is perfect. Give
yourself a break. Try to reach a healthy balance between what really needs to be
done now and what can wait. Also give yourself permission to ask others for help
when you need it.
Adjustments. Let's face it -- there comes a time when we have to make
adjustments. Try to identify your stressors and adjust yourself so that you
react differently to them.
Aurelia Williams, is a certified Personal Life Coach
http://www.reallifescoaching.net and owner of Real Life Solutions
http://www.reallifesolutions.net a Family Resource site that helps you lead
an emotionally & physically healthier, more productive and less stressful life.