Stress can take a huge toll on our productivity and health, I am sure everyone wants to reduce the stress they feel, but it can be a challenge especially when we get overwhelmed with busy family and work demands.
Too much stress can lead to physical problems including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pains and problem sleeping. Research also suggests that stress can bring on or worsen diseases.
With so many negative effects that can harm our health, taking time to learn how to relieve stress is a must. There are three things I have learned that have helped me significantly reduce stress in my life:
Take the weekend to relax and recharge
Just last week, my husband and I packed our bags and flew to Orlando, Florida for a change of scenery and a little mini “workcation.” For the first two days we did nothing but sip pina coladas and spent the time lounging by the pool and relaxing in the lazy river. I believe taking time off from work and your busy schedule will not only help you relieve stress, but also help you become more productive and ready to take on more challenges. The next three days we toured the Orlando area and worked from coffee shops along the way. This is a big advantage of remote work and the ability to work from anywhere.
Push the off button from time to time
Being in the here and now is also important. To be honest, in the past I had FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), but I quickly realized that the only concern I should have is one day waking up and regretting that I missed out on the most important things in life and not being able to enjoy and create memories with my love ones. Weekends are my quiet time. I rarely use my gadgets or check the Internet and have noticed an improvement in my overall productivity during the workweek.
Learn and practice meditation
Lately I have started learning how to meditate. Previously, meditation for me was a way to tune out. After taking lessons on how to meditate, I learned that the actual point of meditating is to tune in, not just to reduce stress, but to also find peace.
I am currently on day six of a 21-day plan: Here and Now: A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation. What I love most is having a guide to help me step by step. I always thought meditation was intimidating. But the beginner’s guide videos and lessons are easy to follow and there is a purpose to every activity. Everything is explained in a way that even first time students can easily assimilate into their day. One big thing I’m learning is to quite my mind.
I know the benefits will be more evident with regular practice. One thing that has helped me a lot is formally blocking out and committing time to mediate. There is no need to push it, just let it flow. I still have a long way to go, but I know that taking the time to learn the process will benefit me in the long run.
Are you stressed? What do you do to find relief? Share your experiences below. I would love to know.
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