10 Ways to Battle Stress

Do you ever feel like you have so many moving parts all at once and you have no idea which direction you are supposed to go in?  The real question is what responds do you usually have?
1. Run around in circles, working on a little here and a little here until you can't take it and finally just give up and just watch Netflix till your mind forgets. 
2. Stress everyone else around you so you have company in the misery of your stress.  
or 
3. Buckle down, pray hard, and start getting shit done

I will have to be honest with you, I feel like I kind of dance between all these stages.  But the nice part is I am a health coach and I have you looking up to me, so I like to hang out in the last phase best.  But the reality of it all is, I am also a wife and mom and these other people really look up to me to have it all together.  They need me and I need them so hanging out in the phase 1 only leads me into phase 2 and then we just hates everyone together.  

No, I try to stay in phase 3 for the most part.  It's not always easy, but over the years I have developed little habits that help keep me on track.  I would like to share these little tricks with you in hopes you can stop stressing and get buzzing on with the things you really want to get done. 

These are my Top 10 Ways to Battle Stress:

  1. Simplify your home and/or surroundings. When you are stressed out, the last thing you want to see is your house a mess or your car covered in junk that doesn’t need to be there. You need to clear your life of the unneeded “stuff”.

  2. Have a space where you can sit and take deep breaths when you are overwhelmed. This place could be your bed or a chair where you can sit up and go through your 4-7-8 breathing.

  3. Have a journal to write down either a to-do list (always putting the most important task on top) and to write out your feelings about the stress. I use my journal as a prayer journal, or letters to God, here I can write out what has got me worked up and feeling overwhelmed. I often get really great answers back from the Big Man in here, comfort that He never gives me more than I can handle.

  4. Take a walk. Exercise helps the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Plus, being outside in nature will help to reduce your anxiety.

  5. Eat a clean diet. Even though you feel like crap from being stressed, doesn’t mean you should eat that way. Eating processed food, high sugar foods and alcohol may only relieve your struggles for a few minutes, but in the long run it will only make things worst. Eat as close to nature as possible so your body is energized and ready to take on the world!

  6. Do something FUN. This one may be challenging because you have so much on your mind that needs to be done, but only continuing to stress could be worse. Sometimes we just need to walk away and jump on the trampoline with the kiddos for a few minutes or play a game. This helps the kiddos out plus, the laughs on their faces are sure to cheer you up.

  7. Stay away from social media. This is the new easy way to go “mindless” but I think it does more harm than good. When you are stressed out and turn to see how happy "Suzi" is and how perfect her kids are, it only makes you more upset. Yes, you have pictures like that too, but you are not thinking that when they look so perfect. Just put the phone away!

  8. If you must look at your phone, I suggest looking at your own photos. We capture the happiest moments in our life so why not take a trip down memory lane when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Just be sure to set a timer so you come back to reality.

  9. Get a Hug! I am an extrovert so this is something I love. When I feel down right tired, I just grab one of my kiddos and get a big snuggle. Riley knows this is something I need when I feel overwhelmed and will come right over to me and scratch my back and come in for the hug. It truly works every time!

  10. Pray! Pray! Pray!. I didn’t leave this till the end because it's the last resource tip. I left it till the end because it’s the most important, if there is any of the 10 I want you to remember, it is this one. Pray to your creator, it should be as simple as a conversation. One like you would talk to your best friend. Tell Him what has your panties all twisted and ask Him to help you. Then you have to listen. You need to be quiet for a few minutes and listen your answer in your heart. Matthew 11: 28-30  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Stephanie Wiscott