7 Ways to Make Stress Leave Your Life so You Get to Move on To The Business of Feeling Better

There are so many articles about staying away from stress! I’m writing this article for people who are truly wanting to to reduce stress down to only when necessary, such as a fight or flight situation.

7 Ways To Make Stress Leave Your Life So You Get to Move on to The Business of Feeling Better.

Picture of a Dahlia from my mom’s backyard.

On this blog I focus in on seven things you need to have happening in your life in order to fight off disease, or get rid of it if it is already in your life.

I write this blog for you, because there are crazy statistics about how many people have disease, such as heart disease and cancer. I want to do what I can to help.

So stress is all about the choices you make. You decide if stress will be present or not. We will all have days/moments of sudden stress, like if all of a sudden a tree falls on your home or something like that. What I’m focusing on is the stress that you decide to bring in, and how to get rid of it.

1. Get off cell phones and all screens after 6pm, and don’t get on them first thing in the morning.  Get outside in natural light to give your eyes a break. This one isn’t instant as far as stress reduction. You have to develop the habit. Then time goes by and all of a sudden it’s been three weeks since you’ve been doing this and you notice that you just feel happier.

There’s exceptions to everything. If your teenager is at a movie and she’s going to call you to pick her up when its over, you need to check your phone. Try your best to keep these kinds of things brief and limited.

2.Don’t watch the news. Just don’t. You won’t miss anything as it’s mostly just depressing stuff. If something really, really major happens someone will tell you and you’ll find out one way or another. All that bad news does something to us that is just not good.

Set up your email in a way that you aren’t forced to see bad news. For example if you log into yahoo on a desk top to check your email, you have to see all kinds of bad things before you see your email. It really wears on us humans to be constantly, constantly exposed to murder, ugliness, and people behaving badly.

If you watch tv, turn it off when commercials come on. We’re big sports fans and I know especially with young children around, we turn it off for commercials to try and keep them from seeing things that are just too harsh and stressful.

3. This one can be difficult. If you have someone in your life that is kind of an emotional terrorist for you, that is, someone you just dread seeing or visiting, take some time to think about why that is.

If this person is a family member or someone you work with, it may be difficult to cut ties with them. If that is the case, try and set up some boundaries. I recently heard a wonderful talk on this subject, and the book Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend was recommended. I have not read it yet personally, but a couple of people who I am close to have. Sounds like it’s a very helpful book and I’m looking forward to reading it myself.

4. Walk every day.  Just decide to make it a habit.  I know all of the reasons and excuses not to open the door and walk.  Once you make this a habit it will go a long way for overall stress reduction.  You’ll find, if you make it a habit, that when stress does come up you will be able to handle it better.

All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ in the sun,
Talkin’ bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done…
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little did.

-Shel Silverstein

Just some inspiration for something I know is so difficult.

5.  If you do a lot of sitting, start standing more and stretching.  Stand up and sit down 20 times.  Anything you can think of to just get moving.

6. Leave anonymous gifts on your neighbor’s and friend’s doorsteps.  The act of doing this in a regular way is so stress relieving.  The thrill of getting back in your car really fast so your friend won’t see you is fun, too!  I’ve left chips and salsa, full meals, a supply of paper towels.  I once actually had a neighbor who had a tree fall on the house, so it was nice to be able to do something.

7. Smile.  For no particular reason.  Smiling has tons of stress reducing effects on us.  It’s an interesting topic to research.  Smiling has all kinds of calming effects on us.  The endorphins alone that are released when we smile make it very worth your time.  Not to mention it’s FREE.  I found this information about smiling and wanted to share it. Here’s one of my daughter’s great smiles.

That’s it!  Just a quick list.  If you can add to it here I’d love it if you left a comment.

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