4 Tips in Coping with Stress

It is inevitable. We will always have our share of stress-filled moments in life. And apparently, the older we get and the more experienced we are with life, our sources of stress or stressors seem to also level up.

While not all stress is actually bad for us, it does help to make our lives better and healthier when we know how to cope with or face stress. If our stressors seem to multiply or level up in relation to our age then I think our ways of coping with stress need to also improve, level up.

1. Your perspective matters. The way you look at stress and whatever causes it can affect how you cope. It is to your best interest then not to allow yourself to look at the stressful situation as something beyond repair or beyond solution. What you can do instead is to think of possible ways and steps on how you can face your stressor. Personally, what has been helpful for me is to remind myself that I have survived through several stressful situations in the past and surely, there is a way for me to face well this particular stressor in my life right now.

2. Focus on what you can do now. Sometimes what makes a situation or problem more stressful and energy sapping is when you constantly repeat or rehash what could have been or what should have been done so that there would have been no stressor to face now. But the reality is what has happened has indeed happened and so what you need to be focused now is what can be done. For instance, if you have found yourself deep in debt, what can be done now is just to look for possible solutions. You can reach out to a friend or a family member who is adept with finances or a financial advisor you can trust who can help you. This can also be the time to avail of debt relief services.

3. Continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We are able to face stress well if we have been living a healthy lifestyle: enough sleep and rest, eating well, doing regular exercise. The temptation is to cut hours in our rest and sleep in the name of productivity or failing to exercise because we do not have time for it or to eat what is just readily available, never mind if it’s overloaded with sugar, with calories. We are better “armed” to face stress if we have taken the time to take care of ourselves.

4. Find your de-stressor. You need to know what are the things that can de-stress or relax you. Perhaps it is talking to your friends or your loved ones. Perhaps it is taking the time to read the Bible and some inspirational literature. The key is doing these things that can de-stress you within the day, week or month. Take regular time to de-stress and you will actually find yourself better able to cope with stress.

Let’s Do the 3-Mile Walk!

I mentioned in an earlier post this year that I have discovered a new workout which I have begun doing sometime in February.

Well, it is really a walking program which I found just by scanning the internet. I am referring to Leslie Sansone’s 3- mile walk at home program/workout as promoted by the American Heart Association. I find it very doable! And I no longer have any excuse not to “walk” when it is raining outside as I can do it right at home 🙂

Now this month of June has meant a better resolve for me to walk 3-5 times a week. And the reason behind that is that my husband is now doing the walk with me 🙂  He now does this before doing his regular work out.

According to Leslie, a certified fitness expert and collaborator with the American Heart Association, walking 3 to 5 times per week goes towards our general health. But if the goal is to lose weight, walks should be done 4 to 6 times per week. I am aiming this month for a 4-5 times per week walk. I think losing a pound or 2 would be great for me 🙂 But overall, I just want to walk towards better health and if I lose some weight in the process then that is well and good. You see, if we are not intentional in doing something active, we get stuck with the unhealthy sedentary lifestyle.

Leslie as can be seen in the video, encourages and inspires you while you walk. She incorporates other movements during the walk to also work your other muscles. I also love it that there is a warm up part and then the cool down part of the program.

So here is the 3-mile Walk video with Leslie. If I can do it, I believe so can you! Let’s do this!

We Must Not Forget Self-Care

As we strive to provide and care for our family, do our best in our jobs, voluntarily serve in our communities, local groups or even churches – we might forget adequately caring for our self.

According to PsychCentral: “Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” I would also add to that our spiritual health.

What are some ways the that we can take better care of ourselves?

Mental and emotional health. What is helpful in this area is building yourself strong relationships and friendships. Being able to freely express yourselves in these relationships is important – being able to talk about your concerns and issues as well as your happy moments or news to others is good for you.

Being able to do stress management would be extremely good as well. We all experience different levels of stress but what is important is we know how to handle them and that we also have the resources to meet them. If you also suffer from depression, seek out the support and help from others. Seek help from a mental health professional. Take note that seeking the help of others, including from mental health professionals is also one key step towards being mentally and emotionally healthy.

Physical Health. It is important to take care of our physical health. After all, to continue to function and fulfill our purpose in our lives, we need our body and its parts 😊 Pursuing good physical health means taking enough time to sleep and rest. It also means eating and hydrating ourselves well. We need to be conscious and intentional in eating healthy and not just eat whatever is available or whatever we are craving for😊

We must not also forget that our body needs exercise and physical activity to be able to function to its optimum. Unfortunately, there may be times when we encounter an accident and suffer injury. If the injury is caused by the negligence of others, it would be helpful for you seek help and legal advice from personal injury attorney Tampa so that you will be able to avail of resources that you need to recover.

Spiritual Health. We can not neglect this area of our life. We need to have spiritual resources to tap into as we continue our life journey. This includes exercising your faith and being part of a community of believers. Reading the Bible and other inspirational material can help nurture the spirit. Studies point out that spiritual practices are connected to better health and well-being. These spiritual practices which are contemplative in nature include meditation, prayer and journaling.

In the end, we need to remember that we are responsible in making choices for a better and healthier you and me. It takes a conscious decision to take better care of ourselves. And this is something that we must do because its benefits are not just for us personally. When we take time to care for ourselves, we become better equipped in serving and taking care of others.

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