Some stress can serve us well, but too much stress can be destructive and toxic to our bodies, our health, and our wellness… cause aches and pains, headaches, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, even heart disease, make us irritable, exhausted, burnt out, withdrawn, depressed, combative, affects the quality of our lives, our relationships, our accomplishments, our work, and our overall energy level.
So how do we rid of this toxic stress when we’re just too stressed out??
First, we need to identify how stress shows up in our lives.
Toxic stress is unique to each person. While there can be some commonalities most of us each experience stress differently. So you want to think first, when are you most stressed during the day? What are your physical reactions to stress? What external sources of stress exist for you? What internal sources of stress exist for you? What keeps you up at night or prevents you from relaxing? Once you’re clear on how it shows up, you can start managing it and eliminating the toxicity.
Getting the sleep you need helps eliminate stress and helps energize you.
Sleep improves the quality of our lives, our ability to process and retain information and learn skills, our emotional and mental well being, our physical energy, and our health. For many of us, getting the right amount of sleep is optional. We trade off sleep in order to spend more time getting things done we want to do… around the house or at the office, to stay up and read a book or watch a movie, or to solve a problem that has been worrying us.
Moms especially tend to think they don’t have time for sleep. Plus, we’re being woken up at all hours of the night to tend to others. But we need to get creative when it comes to our sleep. Not necessarily the ‘sleep when baby sleeps’ ordeal but how about these options:
- Set an earlier bedtime
- Set a later wake-time, if possible
- Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning
- Avoid large meals before bedtime
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime
- Avoid nicotine
- Practice meditation, centering or quieting the mind
- Exercise during the day, rather than close to your typical bedtime
Create an exercise regimen that works for your lifestyle.
While we may feel we have no energy to spare, getting going and keeping moving CREATES energy within our bodies. It stimulates the production of hormones that create a sense of feeling good. Being sedentary sets us up for destructive energy to be created in our bodies, diminished cardiovascular systems, excess weight, stress on joints and tissues, and potential diseases.
Getting more exercise is on the top of the to do list for many individuals, generally as a way to lose weight, gain more energy, and feel better about their bodies BUT when we’re stressed and overwhelmed we see it as optional when it could be the very thing that keeps our sanity!
Also, many of us experience blocks or obstacles that keep us from the type of exercise routine we’d like to maintain by having limiting beliefs about exercise itself. So the key is to find something YOU love and find a way to make it a regular habit.
Rejuvenate & refresh your mind and body with R&R.
Simply put, when we are tired and worn out, we suffer. The fast pace of our lives can have a destructive effect if we do not allow time for our bodies, minds, and spirits to rejuvenate.This is different than our ‘sleep’. Rest and relaxation is the time we invest in ourselves to enable our systems to heal, adapt, and to assimilate what we have created in our lives. It is time where activity and effort are suspended or lessened considerably in order for our physical and mental beings to grow, develop, and re-energize.
The benefits are endless if you actually take the time for a bit more R&R. Not just less stress but:
- Sense of peace and calm
- Stronger muscles and more stamina
- Increased physical and mental energy
- Higher degree of mental focus
- Increased ability to learn and absorb new information and changes
- More adaptability to change
- Higher powers of intuition, creativity, and imagination
What is your ultimate go-to stress management tool?? If you’ve tried the above tips, what works best for you? What was your experience?
Author Bio: Katie O’Brien is a Certified Professional Life Coach who is all about Balance, Bliss & Babies. Owner of KAO Coaching and a loving mother herself, she remains passionate for helping moms move beyond the painful norms of motherhood while creating their happiest, healthiest selves. She’s the go-to-gal for women who are ready to squash their stress, raise their energy level and create a happier, healthier balance in their mama-life! Connect with Katie and get more Balance + Bliss tips at http://kaocoaching.com!
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