Stress Reduction Now — 3 Tips to Get You Started

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Whenever you find time for stress reduction, you can be sure that you will be repaid for your efforts. 

Stress reduction is one of the surest ways to increase your focus, energy, creativity, and appreciation of life’s moments. But when things get busy or our minds and energies are cluttered, it’s probably not something that comes naturally to mind.

So, you can turn stress on its head by using it as an opportunity to exercise these skills and immediately increase your presence, your productivity, and your pleasure.

Stress Reduction Technique #1: Set boundaries:

As you set out to practice this skill, make it a game. For every boundary you set and maintain, you “win” that amount of time for something you truly enjoy.

So, for example, if you set a boundary that has you checking your email only twice a day, how much time will you save?  You can reserve those saved minutes for something fun that fits within that time frame. And then keep a list of these ‘time treats’ handy to reward yourself with after each success.

It’s so much easier to follow through on boundaries when you know you’ll benefit right away. And when you do this daily for a month, you’ll establish a helpful new habit.

Stress Reduction Technique #2: Glass half full:

Purchase a set of small note cards and, at the start of each day, write a quick thank you to someone who has brightened your life in some way. The energizing thing about this technique is that you relive the kindness as you write about it.

And as an added benefit, your connections are enhanced when you let people know you appreciate them. You can expand on this technique by thinking, throughout the day, of people you’d like to thank.

Focus on sending out this grateful energy toward others, and pay attention to how it makes you feel.

Stress Reduction Technique #3: Affirmations and Visualizations:

So, how much time and energy do you spend ruminating over thoughtless words or deeds? This self-created stress is very difficult to recognize and weed out. 

But the good news is that to convert stress to strength, you can capitalize on how your brain can focus on just one image at a time. When you catch yourself ruminating, shift your focus to another image of your choosing.

Each time you do this, your grievance recedes from center stage.

So, to summarize…

Each of these exercises focuses your power to manage your time, energy and thoughts in stress-reducing, health-enhancing ways. Recalling kindness, expressing appreciation, reaching out to others, and affirmations all flood your body with endorphins that lower stress. You reinforce your awareness of how much power you possess to make yourself happy, no matter what others may do. Energy turnarounds don’t have to be difficult to be enormously effective. 

And here’s more help for you…

Are you running on empty with no gas stations in sight?

Well, that’s what it’s like when you aren’t taking care of yourself. It’s an awful feeling, and I’ve created an E-Guide that addresses this challenge. It’s titled “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life.”

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it offers questions, insights, and exercises aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of:

  • What gets in your way when it comes to taking care of yourself.
  • How your capacity for compassion is connected to self-care.
  • The activities that are most nurturing for you, and how to include them in your schedule, EVERY day.

To claim your copy of “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life” click below:

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