3 Tips to Reduce Stress in Your Daily Life

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3 Tips to Reduce Stress in Your Daily Life

By Aurora McCausland

 

Who doesn’t want to have less stress in their life?  Living a stress-free life is an elusive idea that we all simply dream of someday achieving. While an entirely stress free existence may be an impossible pipe dream, living a life with a reduced level of stress is entirely possible. If you find yourself at the end of the day feeling beaten down, overwhelmed, and ready to give up on certain aspects of your life if only it would provide a moment to breathe, then these tips to reduce stress in your daily life are for you!

 

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Have scheduled breaks during the week

This may sound like a redundant solution, but bear with us. Obviously, yes, taking a break from the things stressing you out will help relieve stress in your life. We all know this, but how often do you actually pay attention to this advice? If you’re still feeling constantly stressed out and pushed past your limits, than the answer is probably not very often.

Scheduling breaks for yourself is something that is a lot easier said than done. The first step, is to figure out what is stopping you from taking these necessary breaks. Do you feel like everything will fall apart if you take a break? Are you the glue that is holding things together in your family, workplace, or other area of your life?

The good news, is that the world will be able to function without you for a few hours. It will be hard to step back and let go for a moment, but it’s important. You may even learn that many others around you will be able to learn to step up and compensate during your absence for just a few hours.

 

What is relaxing and stress reducing to you may not be relaxing to someone else, so figure out what is going to be the most effective use of time for yourself, individually. Do you need a bubble bath with a glass of rose and your favorite book? Make the space the ultimate retreat with some of these ideas. Is your idea of relaxation taking a long hike with your dog? Or maybe you just want to cancel your obligations and allow yourself to sleep in for a few extra hours on a Wednesday morning.

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Breathe

Taking scheduled breaks on a weekly basis is important to make sure you can actually function properly. Sometimes, though, you find yourself in a situation during your week, when you feel stressed out and don’t have the opportunity to remove yourself from the situation to de-stress.

This is a part of life, and learning to cope in these situations is an important life skill. Take a moment, and breathe. Just focusing on your breathing will calm you down, giving your brain the oxygen it needs to solve the problem that you find yourself faced with.

There are also breathing exercises that you can participate in, to further calm yourself and reduce stress. Focus on breathing from your abdomen. Breathe in through your nose for four seconds, and then breathe out of your mouth for four seconds. Try blocking one of your nostrils with your finger, and breathing through just one nostril at a time.

 

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Find out what’s stressing you out, and remove them

Sometimes, no matter how badly we want to, we can’t entirely remove the things that are stressing us. If it’s your job, you can’t just quit tomorrow in an attempt to reduce stress in your daily life. An alternative to this situation, is to figure out if there’s a specific aspect of your job that is stressing you out. Is there a big project looming in your future? Is a relationship with a coworker causing strain?

Try and pinpoint the specific reason for the stress, and then work on ways to resolve that situation or issue. This same practice can be applied to any area of your life. Stressed out at home? Figure out why. Find someone to help you with the things that are stressing you, whether that’s tending to your children, cleaning your home. Do some home improvements that will help things be quieter and reduce the stress of management.

 

Let’s Chat > What are some things that  you do to relax and de-stress?

 

 

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Social Media & Six Stress Relieving Smartphone Apps

 

Social Media & Six Stress Relieving Smartphone Apps

 

If you read Monday’s post, you might assume that Social Media and Stress Relief don’t play so well together or that it may actually be an oxymoron.  After all most people wake up and first thing they do is plug into a digital device which according to experts is causing major stress. 

 

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However, there are many Apps that can be downloaded onto our Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops that will actually help us decompress and reduce stress.

 

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  1. Simple Habit

 

Is an app for busy people (raising my hand) and is available for iOS and Android.  Simple Habit is an on-demand platform that offers simple 5-minute lessons, featuring more than 1,000 meditations guided by mindfulness teachers from around the world.  You can try it FREE for 30 days, then it’s $7.99 month thereafter.

 

  1. Headspace

This is another app for iOs and Android that features an easy to use interface that offers a FREE 10-day beginner’s series which guides you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. It’ll give you a solid foundation to build your practice on.

 

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  1. Stop, Breathe & Think

 

An app that aims to give you exactly what it says in the title. The chance and skills to stop everything, just breathe, and think. The guided meditations cover a range of goals and are constructed to help you take some time out and concentrate on yourself.

 

  1. Calm

 

I love my lavender burning candles and using this app which is designed to help you be calm. There are many stunning backgrounds that you can stare at for ages, and a range of meditations.  Calm provides a space for you to get away from it all without having to go anywhere.

 

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Downloading apps that offers techniques that helps to clear your head, reduce stress, sleep better and enjoy greater overall happiness is definitely worth downloading.

 

  1. Happify

App that offers positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. As the name suggests, Happify’s number one goal is to help us all feel happier and more emotionally fulfilled.

 

 

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  1. Breath2Relax

 

Breathing properly is an integral part of relaxation. Not only does it help to fend off your body’s fight or flight response to stress, but it also helps you to focus and manage your stress and anxiety. Breathe2relax is a fantastic tool for tracking your breathing.

 

Let Chat > Do you have an app that you use to help relieve stress?

 

Eating Clean & Preventing Cancer

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You’ve heard of clean eating, but you may not know what it is exactly or how to go about cleaning up your diet. It’s about eating more of the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones.

Most of us will probably admit to overindulging during the holidays by eating unhealthy foods so on this Podcast, my special guest Dr. Deanine Grace, PhD will share her FREE 3-day Winter Clean Eating Plan.  The program centers on the P.R.E.V.E.N.T. game-plan, which contain whole foods and herbs that prevent cancer and other chronic illnesses.

 

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The Sandwich Generation : Peace of Mind in Real Time with Danio Diary™

The sandwich generation is a generation of people who care for their aging parents while supporting their own children.  There are many emotions that go along with being a sandwich generation caregiver such as physical & emotional stress, financial burden, and burnout. 

For many individuals with senior parents who live in their own homes, mobility and safety is a constant worry. When someone you love is receiving care, you want to stay informed, whether you live in the same town or thousands of miles away.

 

With Danio Diary™, you can be sure you get real-time updates from the people providing care to your loved one. Whether you’re helping to coordinate care or simply want the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’re getting information when you need it, Danio is there for you. 

 

 

Listen in to this Podcast as I talk to Anthony Wright, Managing Partner for the Danio Diary™ a free app that will give you “Peace of Mind in Real Time” when it comes to your loved ones’ care.

 

Sitting in the new Smoking


Can you believe that we are speeding towards a New Year?  2018 is right around the corner and many have already started thinking about what they want to accomplish in the new year whether it’s eating cleaner, saving more or getting their bodies back into shape by adding more movement into their daily routines. 

Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome other conditions includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. 

 

Sitting has been termed the new smoking so we need to take action now to keep our bodies and bottoms healthy. 

 

 

Listen in as I talked to Podcast Guest, Dr. Dave Wilderman, founder of Wilderman Physical Therapy on some of the ways in which we can add more activity into our daily routines to keep our bodies aligned and healthy.

 

 

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