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At one point or another, we have all felt stress. Whether you’re running late, have unsettled conflicts at home or work or just have too much on your plate, stress can have a negative impact on your mind and body. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress that is left untreated can lead to a slew of health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. In order to mitigate stress, you must first identify what is causing the stress and then set aside time to manage it.
Address Underlying Causes of Stress
There are some forms of stress that nearly everyone can relate to. In many cases, stress can be traced back to making a deadline such as getting somewhere on time or completing a project before a due date. Always allow extra time for things to not go as planned or for it to take longer than you think. Another common cause of stress is disorganization. To resolve this, set aside time every day for planning and getting organized. If it helps, make a list every day or week of what you need to get done and hold yourself accountable. Most people have experienced financial stress at one point or another. The best way to mitigate this type of stress is to pay down debt every month and put aside an emergency savings fund.
Make Time to Manage Stress
We spend a good portion of our days putting out fires and tending to urgent matters that SEEM more important than managing our underlying stress. However, the more we ignore our stress, the more scattered and inefficient we become. This is why it’s extremely important to set aside time to do the things to improve our own well-being like exercising, yoga, meditation, reading and connecting with friends and family every day. One way to ensure that you’re making time to de-stress is to set a reminder on your phone for the same time every day to do something that relaxes you for at least 15-20 minutes. No matter how many other urgent matters seem more pressing, nothing is more important than your health and wellbeing.
Dani Singer, founder of Therapy Threads and a licensed clinical psychotherapist, said that among the primary things she teaches her clients for stress management are self-care and emotion regulation techniques. She said, “I teach self-care as having four components: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – in which you must nourish all four to really reap the benefits, which may include reduced stress, increased self esteem and well-being.”
Aromatherapy to Help You De-Stress
The healing power of aromatherapy is truly unstoppable. There are several essential oils that can help relieve stress and make you feel more relaxed. Among the most calming essential oils are lavender, frankincense, bergamot, vetiver and ylang ylang. There are so many ways you can harness the power of aromatherapy, too. If you’re looking for all-day portable aromatherapy, be sure to check out our aromatherapy scarves. They feature a patent-pending pocket that holds an aroma pad that you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to. The scent lasts all day, providing you with wearable therapy! Shop now.
Stress comes and goes and is part of human conditioning, just like suffering and other temporary emotions. We all tend to get wrapped up in the concept of, “When x happens, that’s when I’ll be happy and no longer stressed.” That x could be, more money, more job flexibility or when you get a nice house or car, but keep in mind that nothing external will ever truly fill us up. It has to come from within and be an inside-out job. If you’re not happy with yourself and your life, take ownership instead of being a victim or maintaining a victim mentality. This gives away all your power when you blame others, pity yourself and don’t take responsibility for your own life. It’s ultimately up to you to do something about your stress and change it.
Mobile Apps for Stress Management
- Headspace: The Headspace app is meditation made simple. The guided meditation sessions are suitable for all ages and levels. Meditation can help improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress.
- Muse: Muse’s brain-sensing headband will elevate your meditation experience. It gently guides your meditation through changing sounds of weather based on the real-time state of your brain. This allows you to obtain a deeper sense of focus and motivates you to build a highly rewarding practice. (Note: You must purchase headband separately.)
- Anxiety Release Based on EMDR: Anxiety Release shows you how to release anxious thoughts and feelings naturally, by harnessing the power of your brain. It does this by combining guided instructions and focused attention with bilateral brain stimulation. Bilateral stimulation is a treatment element of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), a revolutionary treatment which is based on the use of sensory stimulation to alter anxiety-provoking memories and responses. (Note: This app must be used with headphones)
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