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Williams, author of
Journey to Joy
STRESS. "Yes, the S word'.
Stress is the 'wear and tear' our bodies experience as we adjust to
our constantly changing environment. Stress has both physical and
emotional effects on us and can it can create positive or negative
As a positive influence, stress can help compel us to action; it can
result in a new consciousness and an exciting new perspective. As a
negative influence, it can result in feelings of distrust,
rejection, and depression, which in turn can lead to health problems
such as headaches, upset stomach, insomnia, ulcers and other health
problems. As you can see, as we adjust to different situations,
stress can either help or hinder us depending on how we react to it.
I'm not going to sit here and tell you that you shouldn't let things
concern you but what I do what to say is that you can slowly begin
to reduce the stress in your life.
As women (and it's something I cover extensively with my
Journey to Joy
toolkit) we wear many hats and as moms, our hat racks are
overflowing. Be sure to recognize stressful situations and take a
notice of how you deal with them both mentally and physically.
You remember that saying? If mama' ain't happy, nobody is happy?
Well, I tend to agree with it so I am very conscience of the
stressful situations that I am confronted with and I am sure to time
off when I can to replenish my mind, body, and spirit.
Sit back, relax, and see if you can apply some or all of the action
steps below into your life and begin on the road to less stress.
Write it down. Write down goals, errands, chores, due dates
etc and instead of creating just a "To Do" list, keep a "Have Done"
list too. Move things from your To Do list to the Have Done list
after having completed them. At the end of the day, review how
productive you were.
Express yourself. Unloading your worries and concerns is a
terrific way to clear your mind and reduce stress. It's very
important not to keep everything inside so try finding a friend or a
professional whom you can talk to. You can also write your feelings
down in a journal. Moving things out of your head and onto paper can
help you release a lot of the inner turmoil you may feeling.
Don't avoid. If there's something in your life that's causing
you to worry; seek out things that will help you feel in control.
For instance, if you're suffering from financial problems, try read
some books on gaining control of your financial life or seek the
help of a financial planner.
Drink some orange juice - Scientists have discovered that
vitamin C can reduce the production of stress hormones. Try Eating
an orange, drinking some juice, taking a Vitamin C supplement. Here
are a few foods that are rich in vitamin C: broccoli, brussels
sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes,
strawberries, grapefruit and cantaloupe.
Exercise. Studies have shown that taking a brief 10 minute
walk during intense times will increase the amount of oxygen to your
brain, allowing you to think more clearly and ultimately helping you
to make better decisions.
Give yourself a license to be imperfect. No one is perfect. Give
yourself a break. Try to reach a healthy balance between what really
needs to be done now and what can wait. Also give yourself
permission to ask others for help when you need it.
Adjustments. Let's face it -- there comes a time when we have
to make adjustments. Try to identify your stressors and adjust
yourself so that you react differently to them.
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