Today I shared a short video on Facebook hoping to encourage others to think about the importance of stress and how it affects our health.
We can be eating all the right things and doing all the right exercises, but if we are not managing stress,we could be unintentionally sabotaging our efforts.
I don't think you need me to tell you just how bad stress is. We've all felt it.
We are made to deal with short bouts of stress. Those cannot be avoided. What is causing us real damage is chronic stress. Some of that can be avoided and some cannot.
If we step back and take a look at how we are spending our days, we can probably see where we are causing ourselves extra stress. Taking on too much, say “yes” to everything, worrying, staying up late, getting up early, drinking too much coffee, bottling up our feelings, overuse of computers and technology . . .
These are affecting our health.
We don't have the power to change everything, but we do have the power to change some things.
If you've got a little baby, there's not a lot you can do about that sleep situation for a while. If you've got a child who is struggling with an issue, you're attention goes there. If you are in crisis…it's ok. Yes, sometimes we have to ride it out. But still, do what you can to support yourself through that time.
We can compound the problem by adding more to our plate than necessary. Let's try to stop doing that.
YouR assignment for today:
Take a minute to complete these steps and see if you can begin to make a plan for reducing stress.
Download the Stress-Busting Workbook
Because I feel that managing stress is a key to health, and I really want my lovely readers be healthy, I've created a stress-busting workbook for you.
It's designed to aid you in thinking through the ways stress is present in your daily life and how you might be able to deal with it. It's also got a printable sheet of stress-reducing activities you can tape on the wall for easy reference.
Click the image below to get your copy!
More Stress-Busting Ideas
Here are all the posts I've written on dealing with stress. Check them out for lots of practical ideas:
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