Stress seeps into our lives from every known angle and sometimes it’s all we can do to keep our heads above water. We hear about it all the time but what is it exactly?
According to the American Psychological Association’s website, “Stress can be a reaction to a short-lived situation, such as being stuck in traffic. Or it can last a long time if you're dealing with relationship problems, a spouse's death or other serious situations. Stress becomes dangerous when it interferes with your ability to live a normal life over an extended period. You may feel tired, unable to concentrate or irritable. Stress can also damage your physical health.”
But is it possible to manage the stress that seems to come with everything in life? Kim Stewart, a certified hypnotherapist, Reikki Master, and spiritual healer says “yes.” This life coach recently released her second CD, "Take a Deep Breath Now" designed to help eliminate stress and says it is possible to reduce stress in one's life. In an e-mail interview she provided five easy steps to manage the everyday stress in anyone’s life:
1) Set realistic goals/to do lists: Never eat an elephant whole! It is one bite at a time. Break things down into small manageable steps. Try this exercise: make a to-do list with two columns. Label the first column as ‘Me’ and list only the things you know you will achieve. Label the second column ‘Universe/God’ and list all the things that you would like to achieve that day but are not sure how you will. Then allow the universe to organize itself so you can achieve them. You get to see and experience the magic of the universe at work!
2) Expectations: Expect a certain amount of things to go wrong or not go according to plan. How many times during your day do things not go according to plan? 10? More? What would happen if you started to look out for them? Breakfast burnt? That’s 1…and only 9 to go! Or on a 'bonus' day, maybe twelve things didn’t go according to plan? Great! You knew it was coming.
3) Stop taking life so seriously: Laugh!