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How do you handle stress?
Just about everyone I speak with lately mentions how stressful life has gotten. With all the various natural and man-made disasters in addition to everyday life, no wonder we’re stressed. Here are some ways to help reduce stress and anxiety in your life. There are many more, but these could help you get started.
* Limit your consumption of news. It’s important to be informed, but it isn’t necessary to check the news frequently all day long. If something big happens, someone will let you know.
* Limit your time on social media. We all like to keep up with friends and family and maybe even conduct some business via social media, but what’s also true is every time we’re on Facebook or Twitter we’re exposed to lots of drama and pain as well as to happiness. Consciously choose how much is enough for you and stick to it.
* Read inspirational books that help you focus on the higher realities. Especially if you work in a toxic environment, it’s very important to surround yourself with information that can lift you up. Put a few of your favorites on your tablet or phone so you can access the books or articles easily.
* Listen to calming and happy music. Sound has a big effect on us, and we can use it in a positive way. Whoever invented earbuds and headphones was a saint!
* Have routines and schedules and stick to them. Have times for getting up and going to bed, for eating your meals, for doing your spiritual practices. By doing these things on a regular and predictable basis, you create a sense of structure and self-care your inner selves can count on.
* What foods and substances make you feel good versus those that put more stress on your body, mind, and emotions? Have more of those that truly nourish you and less of those that don’t.
* Move. Even a short walk or a few dance steps can help move the stress through and out of your system.
* Choose to spend time with positive people rather than with those who constantly complain or focus on negativity. If you must be around those people, have some conversation-changers on hand so you can introduce more positivity. Sure, they might resist you or make fun of you. Others will be grateful someone changed the topic and the tone.
* Have a pocket rock or pendant. Some people call them worry stones. They are smooth rocks such as rose quartz or amethyst or aquamarine you can have in your pocket or on a pendant, somewhere you can easily reach and touch or rub the stone when you feel anxious or stressed. Over time, this will send a message to your subconscious that it is okay to relax and feel better.
* Keep happy pictures around. Either on your phone, computer, or printed out, have pictures of those you love where they can be seen throughout the day. There’s a reason you took the photo of your dog being goofy or of your partner smiling that sweet-but-mischievous smile!
* I know you were waiting for this one: meditate. If you don’t know how, take a class. Even 15 or 20 minutes a day can make a big difference in your ability to handle the stresses of daily life. There’s a reason why the Dalai Lama is always smiling.
* Trust the process. God, the Universe, Divine Mother really does have our backs. I know it doesn’t always look like it. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out how a benevolent being could let these terrible things happen. There’s a big picture - we just don’t always see it.
*Incorporate more of these in your life and experience less stress, more grace, and more ease – hey, that’s the topic of this newsletter – imagine that!
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