How You Can Get a New Lease on Your Stressful Life – Part 3

Stress leads to strokes, high blood pressure, obesity, and a host of other serious illnesses.  Did I get your attention?  Stress is not to be taken lightly.  But the good news is, you can do something about it.

Now that you are aware of the toll stress takes on your body and how to recognize stressful symptoms, here are some ways to help you get a better handle on  stress:.

  • Try new ways of thinking – Change the way you think and the things you think about will change.
  • Work on releasing anger, frustration and worry. Worrying about tomorrow or yesterday wastes precious energy that could best be used to tackle the things you can change
  • Learn to say “no”.  A sure way to add stress to your life is to fear saying no. Saying no sets and maintains health boundaries. Learn to say no and mean it.
  • Manage your time wisely.  Keeping to a schedule will allow you to get more done with less stress.  Only commit to the things you are confident you can accomplish within your time frame. Set consistent boundaries around your time. Do the things that are most important to you first and schedule others for later
  • Take good care of yourself.  Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat well.  A healthy body makes a healthy mind!  Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.  It helps to have a strong system of support but if you don’t, there are professionals who are available to assist you in managing stress.
  • Set and maintain healthy boundaries – Establishing firm, consistent limits on your time, energy and resources lowers your stress level.  Don’t take on more than you can reasonably accomplish.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.  It helps to have a strong system of support but if you don’t, there are professionals who are available to assist you in managing your stress level.

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Gladys Anderson, founder of Coach for YOUR Dreams, is a certified life coach, licensed marriage and family therapist, writer and speaker. Gladys combines years of experience, training and a genuine commitment to helping nurses, teachers, therapists and other care giving women to set limits so they have more time, and energy to devote to self-care.

 

 

 

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