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Stress is an emotional or physical involuntary reaction of our body which gets triggered when we are challenged or under pressure. Funnily enough stress becomes a vicious cycle of stressing about the stress even before there is anything to stress about- We all have been there!
Then we meet people who are never stressed and wonder what is the magic trick under their sleeve? Only if we could learn the same. The common thing between all the stress-free individuals is that they actively try to live a stress free life- phew a paradox but achievable! In this post we will share how to not get stressed!
Few habits that these people have –
#1 Set intentions
The thing with setting a goal/objective is that once we are prepared for a worst outcome.
Any goal that we aim for, we always tend to evaluate its pros & cons and by doing the same when the unexpected happens we are prepared for it. In return we respond & not react!
Check out this post on habits of women who are always successful
#2 Listen to Music
Studies show that listening to music reduces stress, anxiety and eases pain amongst other things.
We all have our workout, dancing or doing chores playlist on our phones- the ones that makes the task easier and more enjoyable. The more the fun the work is to do the less stress it causes.
# 3 Exercise/Yoga/Walk in the Nature
A little bit of good hormones ‘endorphins’ to neat the stress hormone ‘cortisol’.
Gone are the days when you had to step out of your house to get a workout session in.
A quick 15-minute Tabata, or a 20-minute HIIT all are available on our phones so that means no more excuses. Not a workout person? Does not matter stroll through the park, soak in some sunshine- get in some Vitamin D, nature’s best medicine to lower your cortisol levels.
#4 Eat Healthy
There is an old saying that you are what you eat! It was true then and it is true even more so now. Food is a way to give our body the best nutrition possible and the more nourished our body is, the better it will be able to manage stress and regulate hormones.
So get in your Omega-3 fatty acids ( best source- Fish, eggs, nuts ).
Antioxidants ( Tea, dark chocolates – as if we needed a reason to eat chocolate!).
Probiotics- happy gut is happy you!, Fruits & Veggies.
#5 Tender loving Care-
Like everyone has a love language, we all have self-care language too- Find yours! Reading Mondays, Netflix Tuesdays, Detox Wednesdays, cooking Thursdays, Social Saturdays, Beauty Sundays etc. you get the gist.
Do what makes you feel good and appreciate yourself and your body for not letting you down. Give yourself the same attention and care that you give to others and watch yourself bloom.
#6 Practice Gratitude
We often forget to see the silver lining in our lives. Practicing gratitude helps us recognize the goodness in our lives and reminds us constantly that great things happen all around us.
It helps us recognize the people who bring goodness to our lives and allows us to give credit them for the same. With this small practice we end up building a circle of gratitude- ‘It is not the happy people who are grateful, it is the grateful people who are happy’.
# 7 Focus on Good habits
Like they say- ‘Focus on good habits and they will make you’. Avoid caffeine, drugs, smoking and other temporary stimulants to make yourself fee good. Focus on the long-term stimulants like- hydration, a good night’s sleep, laughter, journaling connecting with friends & Family. These take time to kick-in, but they last forever!
The more you consciously practice it over time it will become part of you. A good habit also lights up the reward system of your brain so why not enjoy it!
# 8 Get Inspired each day
We all need to challenge ourselves and sometimes it is a constant push from within that helps us to withstand the external push. Find a reason to look forward to a new challenge, it could as simple as being the best version of yourself.
Never forget, every day is a new opportunity to change your life and it depends on you to embrace the opportunity or let go of it!
# 9 Self-Discipline
As mundane as it sounds, it is an important practice that I have benefited in my life from and have seen myself breeze through stressful situations. Self-discipline can be as simple as waking up at the same time everyday or sleeping at the same time every day.
Having a routine helps create structure to our lives. It reduces the need to plan i.e. one less thing to think about. Like they say discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.
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