Five ways to beat the toll stress takes on your health
With such busy schedules, financial pressures and many different relationships to maintain, stress and emotional strain can be a regular occurrence in our lives. But too much stress can seriously affect our health and wellbeing.
As there is so much evidence suggesting that our attitudes, emotions, thoughts and the words we speak have an enormous impact on our health, I thought I would share five tips to help you reduce your stress and the way you think about it so you can maintain your health even through stressful and emotional situations.
1. Change your perspective
Stress is inevitable. There will always be situations, events and traumas out of your control that will cause you to experience stress and emotional turmoil. But what is within your control is how you deal with them and the attitudes and beliefs you have towards stress.
What does you internal voice say to you through negative situations? Do you need to change your perspective from being a victim to a champion of your circumstances?
2. Write it down
Stress, trauma, and unexpected life developments such as cancer, death, divorce, an accident or a layoff can really throw you mentally and emotionally. But studies have shown that writing down your thoughts and feelings can often help you cope and effectively deal with the fallout from these events.
Even if you don’t find it cathartic to write down your feelings, having a record of how you cope and your typical response to stressful situations may help you identify ways you could change to deal with stress better.
3. Say “no”
Every time you say “yes” to someone you say “no” to something or someone else – normally yourself and your wellbeing. You need to prioritise who and what you give your time and energy to, so if you find “yes” is your default answer try substituting it for “let me check if I will be able to help you with that”.
This way you have time to think about your decision and the full impact saying “yes” will have. For your own health and happiness it is important to get into the habit of saying “no” when you are already overcommitted.
4. Avoid those who stress you
If there are people in your life that continually cause you stress and emotional turmoil it might be time to end the relationship or limit the time you spend with them. Life is far too short to live around toxic people who only want to bring you down.
Instead surround yourself with people who love, challenge and uplift you, these are the people who will bring more happiness and success into your life and give you the strength you need in times of weakness.
5. Use aromatherapy
Let’s be realistic though, there are times when a positive attitude just won’t cut it when you are under a lot of stress. This is where doing something that is outside of yourself and changing your environment can help.
Unlike medications, essential oils can give you the physical and emotional benefits of coping with stress – without the side affects. With a wide range of essential oils available, you can often find the right blend for your specific need. I have a wide range of energy blends available in store to help you feel more energised, relaxed, warm, happy and more!
What steps can you take today to stop the toll stress is taking with your health?