“Stress is the trash of modern life. We all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” Danzae Pace
Just like the trashcan in your home, you can't continue to stuff garbage in it continuously without eventually emptying it. Some people generate more household garbage than others.
The same holds true for stress. If you've ever watched the TV show, “Hoarders”, you know what accumulated garbage can do to a person's life!
So how do you ‘dispose' of and empty your stress trashcan? It’s all about being aware that stress is not meant to be a chronic condition.
Sure, sometimes allowing a stressful situation to actually allow you to feel the stress can give you a boost of energy to get things done. In some instances, it actually is a survival mechanism when you call on that boost of adrenalin in a true ‘fight or flight' situation.
However immediately after that kind of response your body needs to rest, relax, recharge and restore to a normal energy state. You can get into trouble both emotionally and physically when you ignore that need to restore and rejuvenate body and mind.
Life in the modern world can be stressful especially after everything being shut down for two plus years and now prices of everyday things are higher than ever so acute and chronic stress can end up being the result.
Beginning a conscious, regular practice to reduce your stress hormones, restore your energy and renew the body for the next day is not a luxury, it's a necessity. This is how you’re able to dispose of your stress trash and empty that trashcan.
Some examples of activities when done regularly will help you empty your stress trashcan:
- Meditation – even if it’s 10 minutes, whatever time of the day works best for you. There are lots of free apps. you can download.
- Becoming mindful (this means becoming more consciously aware of your thinking and being present when others are talking to you.)
- Use Positive self-talk. If you slip into negative thinking becoming consciously aware will allow you to change it quickly to something positive.
- Deep breathing exercises. Start off your day with a series of deep breathing and then make a habit to do this 2-3 times a day. You will find that this will help you to stay stress free.
- Regular physical exercise – Getting out and taking just a short walk around the block will decrease stress.
- Control vs. no-control (let go of things that are not within your control) Look up the Serenity Prayer on the internet, which is great to use when you find you want things to be within your control.
- Adequate hours of sleep. Some people seem to need 9 hours and others do just as well with 6 hours. Going to bed before 12 a.m. gives you better sleep than going to bed very late.
So, what does your stress trashcan look like these days? Is it overflowing or are you able to regularly empty it without effort?
‘Til next time
Have a stress free week
Live Life with abundance
I’m Hazel Palache, author, success coach, clinical hypnotherapist, stress management counselor and entrepreneur. If you have any questions I would love to connect with you. Over my 30 years as a Mindset Expert I’ve helped many hundreds of people to change their lives and businesses so they are living a life they love with less stress and more fun. Everything I write about and teach, I’ve been through and come out the other side myself so, although I have lots of training, I speak from vast personal experience.
If you would like a complimentary chat just email me at Hazel@LiveYourAbundantLife.com and you will be contacted to set up a 30 minute session by Zoom or phone. Your choice. There's never going to be a better time than NOW.