Are You Stressed?
We’ve all been there…or are there right now. Work, family, life piles up, never enough time in the day, too much on your plate. There’s nothing worse than stress getting the better of you. The endless list of things to do always seems to leave your own needs last and evokes a war zone between your mind and body.
Migraines, bitten fingernails, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss….you name it, many of our personal issues are indeed stress related.
Sadly, stress doesn’t affect only adults. Ours kids experience stress as well. Signs may include, lack of appetite, not wanting to go to school, lack of interest in things they used to like, or even just frustration with homework.
We know we shouldn’t allow stress to become a regular occurrence in our daily life but it happens to the best of us. So what to do? First, take a deep breath. You’re alive! That alone is cause to be thankful and happy! Hug your kids, remind them you love them and you are there for them no matter what.
Next, go do something. Anything. Take a break and do something active. Get the blood flowing and muscles moving. Biologically speaking, by releasing your “feel-good” endorphins, physical activity works to ease your stress load. Almost any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever, but it’s activities like yoga and martial arts that encourage the mind and body to work together tend to be the most effective.
Til next time,
Do you ever feel like you have a knot in your gut Sunday night just thinking about work in the morning? How about sitting at your desk with a case of the “Monday Blues?”
Here are a few ways to help untie that knot. A little Honesty and Courage may be required…
1. Do something you are passionate about, not necessarily what you are good at….then spend the next 40 years doing THAT! You may not make a million dollars but at least you’ll be doing something you love. Decide what it is you like to do and make the move to do it!
2. View everything as a means to an end. If what you are doing TODAY isn’t helping to get you where you want to go TOMORROW, stop it NOW!
3. What is the value in happiness? Instead of asking yourself what is the cost to live the life you imagine, ask what is it costing you if you don’t.
4. Pay It Forward, Backward and Sideways. Do something that adds value to someone else’s life every day. A simple smile, friendly hello or a compliment will do. Doesn’t cost you anything but will make you and that person feel better and brighten the day.
Living for the weekend is no way to make a living nor is it a way to live a life. Find ways to enjoy what you do or find something you enjoy.