Top Ten Ways to Prevent Stress

Top Ten Ways to Prevent Stress

  1. Eat real food.  Our bodies are able to deal with the physical demands of stress with proper nutrition.
  2. Drink more water.  When we are dehydrated, we feel more fatigued.
  3. Breathe deeply more often. Set a timer that chimes throughout the day to remind you to take a deep breath and become more present even if it is only for one second.
  4. Get adequate rest.  Schedule time off just like you would schedule an important meeting.  Start by scheduling five minutes a day just for yourself.
  5. Take more walks outdoors.  Fresh air is invigorating.  Green is a very soothing color. A ten minute walk outside is enough to start some blood flowing and get our muscles moving.
  6. Make yourself a priority.  Take care of yourself as if you were your own child. We all have basic needs.  Ensure you don’t let these necessities fall off the table due to obligations.
  7. Practice the art of letting go. We live in a world that is beyond our control. Learn when you are holding on to something that isn’t helping you.  If you are able to let go, this will help you have more energy to deal with battles that are important.
  8. Avoid over-consumption.  Troubles can build when we have too much of anything. Keep your life manageable by consuming only what you need.
  9. Maintain your social support networks. We are not able to do everything alone. We need good people that we can reach out to and rely on when the time arises. It also helps us feel better when we can help someone in need.
  10. Learn how to set and respect personal boundaries. Our capacity is not limitless. We have to know where we begin and end, what we will allow and what we will not.

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