I'm going to give you some ideas on how to deal with stress holistically, so that it doesn't become a big part of your day to day living.
Holistic means whole – for me, it means taking in your mental, physical and spiritual bodies when putting a plan against stress in place.
You have to understand stress – why do you feel edgy, nervous, panicky and irritable when pressure builds up?
When situations feel overwhelming, our natural Fight or Flight hormones kick in.
These go right back to when we were really faced with life and death situations – kill or be killed, for example, a wild animal attacking you.
Adrenaline, which is the Fight or Flight hormone, is an important and necessary part of our genetic makeup and keeps us safe.
However, the world we live in now can trigger this hormone due to the pressures we all face every day. Recognising these unpleasant feelings for what they are – a reaction to a stressful situation – is a big part in dealing with them.
I'm panicky because…I'm stuck in traffic and won't make this important meeting.
~Change this to: I'm panicky…but I'm going to be fine, if I'm late, I'll explain the reason, I can't do anything about it so…r-e-l-a-x. That way, I'll arrive looking and feeling professional (as I want to appear) and ready for business
It sounds simple and it is!
We need to be at our best to deal with stress – feeling strong and healthy. Here are some simple tips to help create a strong physical defence against stress:
Look after yourself spiritually. Do you know where you're heading in life? Do you wonder why you're here? Do you have a plan? What are your beliefs? These are just some of the questions we all ask ourselves from time to time. Investigate forms of meditation to calm and relax you and also to help you answer any soul searching questions you might have. This in turn will help you feel more balanced, confident, self-assured and happy – feelings that are not conducive to feeling stressed and anxious.
Read up on different religious beliefs to find out other ideas about the world, the universe, the human race. When big questions are considered, daily stresses can seem very small and insignificant.
These items are so handy to have around your home, your office, your car – wherever!
I would also recommend a visit to ourstressfullives.com which is a great site also dealing with stress, how to cope, how to relax and lots more!
Now that you know how to deal with stress holistically, enjoy your days! But come back here if you need a reminder occasionally.
Why not take a look at the following books as well – well informed is well armed!