Making Personal Strides to Reduce Stress

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: January 13, 2014

Well, the stresses of the holidays are finally over! Some of our stress responses can take a heavy physical toll on our bodies. It also may contribute to lots of stress related ailments and complaints both physically and mentally.

When I am stressed out, I feel fatigued, my blood pressure goes up, I can’t seem to concentrate and certainly it causes a lot of anxiety and mood swings. I know a lot of this is due to normal-age-related changes and menopause. But, I also know that if I don’t take hold of my stress reactions, it can be dangerous for my health. So, it’s important for me, and for all others out there who may be experiencing a lot of stress to lean ways to defuse our stressors and look for ways to modify them. So, here are some of my suggestions:

  • Keep a daily stress inventory and assess the sources of where your stress is evolving from and the impact it is having on your physical and emotional well-being.
  • Accent the positive. If you keep a positive attitude, you may learn to deal with stress better.
  • Calm yourself with music. It really can help to calm your mind and relax your body.
  • Start journaling. It’s a great way to identify stressors and help you at problem-solving. It also helps releasing your emotions and clarifying your thoughts and feelings about things that may be bothering you.
  • Exercise away your stress as it will release endorphins which will have a positive impact on your health. A simple walk outside really helps clear the mind.
  • Toss out bad habits – too much caffeine, too much alcohol consumption. Just hold them both a moderate levels.
  • Last, try to have some fun! Engage in some activities that you like to do. A fun hobby, perhaps learning a new language, or doing anything that brings joy to your life really will help learn to relax and decrease your stress levels.

Just remember, by decreasing your stress levels you can live a longer and better life.