Fears can stop your forward progress. Fear is a response to a threat that is either real or imagined. Stress and anxiety are the feelings that happen when you worry about that threat that has not happened yet.
What is Stress?
Stress is what we feel when everything seems to be too much and you are overloaded with too much pressure.
Stress is anything we think poses a challenge to our wellbeing and your safety.
When the lion is about to jump at you, your body budget will respond by pumping all the adrenaline into your body for your survival. Your heart is going faster. Your breathing is rapid. The blood pumping to your chest or body parts to make you stronger to overcome that threat.
What happens if a little kitty is about to jump at you instead? Your unconscious mind may still perceive the threat as a lion and will physically react and emotional response as if it is a real danger.
When your unconscious mind is triggered toward a stressed response, the subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference.
What really causes stress?
It is the stories we tell ourselves in our head when we are stressed out or overwhelmed that controls our outcomes. Your perception, perspectives and beliefs that are inside your head is controlling you and not the other way around.
Stress makes you believe that everything needs to happen right now.
Faith assures you that everything will happen in a right and perfect time.
So be willing to change your perspective when you are stressed out. Be willing to change something about your beliefs that change your responses. Change your responses to something more useful toward your mission in your life.
When you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you always gotten.
Woe is me!
Woe is me is a stress response. It is also the fear mindset. This is where you become a victim of the anxiety and you are focused on the fear. You quit easily and procrastinate on the daily tasks that get your success.
You tend to make many excuses why you cannot do it and often complain. You tend to see success as luck and tend to be superstitious. Meaning, good things only happen because of pure chance and luck.
“One can snooze to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” — Abraham Maslow
Living in the past
When you start snoozing backwards toward regressive and childlike behaviors, your only focus is on the past. Your anxiety is needing sympathy and your audience is applauding your fearful thoughts.
All your thoughts, emotions and behaviors are away from the pain and anger. You are having an obsessive desire toward what is going wrong and you only respond emotionally toward where there is pain. You are fixated and overwhelmed with the tiniest of details.
How to get rid of stress
Maturity is your ability to handle and manage your frustrated desires without acting out or getting your way. You need to be responsible to change your mood to something more useful.
Once you are more self aware of your behavior patterns when you are experiencing a stress response, you are responsible to change your mood to add more resources to deal and improve your situation.
New Actions to Take
Thoughts without actions are just irreverent thoughts. Change your perception by changing your physiology.
Meaning you can decide to either run, exercise, do pushups up or sweat the nerves and tension away from your mind and body.
Goals & Purpose
Having a mission or purpose in your life allows you to be more motivated toward waking up and living your life with gratitude. It is something you want for yourself and going toward a higher purpose that increases your self worth and your thinking will become more solutions focused and positive.
Daily Habits for Managing Stress
Stress and anxiety can have major impacts on our mental health and overall wellbeing. Learning to manage stress effectively is crucial for living a happier, healthier life. Beyond the techniques already mentioned, there are additional ways to help combat stress:
- Get enough sleep – Lack of sleep exacerbates stress. Aim for 7-9 hours per night. Establish a calming bedtime routine.
- Eat a balanced diet – Avoid excess caffeine, sugar, and processed foods. Incorporate more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats.
- Practice mindfulness – Be present in the moment. Try meditation, yoga, or just taking 5 minutes to focus on your breathing.
- Laugh – Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and reduce stress. Watch a funny show, hang out with friends, or just look up some jokes.
- Get organized – Declutter your space and make to-do lists. Feeling organized helps provide a sense of control.
- Listen to music – Soothing music can lower blood pressure and anxiety. Create playlists for relaxing or focusing.
- Get a massage – Human touch releases oxytocin and decreases cortisol. Ask friends or get professional massages.
- Spend time in nature – Being around greenery and sunlight lifts your mood. Take a hike, have a picnic, or just sit outside.
- Talk to someone – Share your feelings instead of bottling them up. Friends often give fresh perspectives.
- Practice gratitude – Appreciate what you have. Keep a gratitude journal or share thankful thoughts.
- Set boundaries – Don’t overcommit. Say no to things that cause unnecessary stress.
- Avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms – Drinking, drugs, anger outbursts, and isolation tend to increase anxiety instead of relieving it.
With some trial and error, you can find the right stress-busting strategies that work for you. Don’t forget to celebrate your wins and progress as you learn to better manage stress.
When stress keeps pouncing, health suffers. Constant anxiety eats away at sleep, digestion, immunity. It also pushes unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking, lashing out. Tension leads to headaches and muscle knots. Risks go up for heart issues, diabetes, and more yucky stuff.
But we can tame this inner beast. Stress relief restores calm and protects your wellbeing.
Want better sleep? Using self-hypnosis and meditation before bed can defeat insomnia and nighttime worries. Your mind will stop racing and welcome restful slumber.
Need lower blood pressure? Deep breathing, laughing yoga, taking nature walks – these activities dial down your body’s stress response. Getting zen relaxes the body.
Stomach in knots? Stress messes with digestion big time. But relaxing the mind also soothes the gut. Try soothing music with meals or sipping herbal tea.
Self hypnosis is practicing the art of calm leveling. Here are some easy techniques for you to practice.
- Stare at the ceiling or a spot upward in the sky.
- Take a deep breath in from the belly and let it out.
- Count backwards. Exhale the number.
- Start by count 10 to 1.
- Repeat the counting until your eyes get tired.
- You may close your eyes at any time.
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