Do You Carry Forward Yesterday’s Stress?
Burnout and stress related health problems are the result of being in a state of chronic stress. You need to recognize this and commit to avoiding chronic stress.
Can You Commit to Letting Go of Yesterday’s Stress?
This commitment is not easy in a world that thinks stress is something to be tolerated as a normal consequence of working and being in a relationship with others.
Often times stress will manifest when we carry over yesterday’s concerns into our present day concerns. An accumulation will almost always end up in a high stress level. Therefore, we must be able to “dump” all of our concerns from the previous day or days and concentrate wholly on our today.
Be in the Moment
Resolve right now to release every thought from yesterday and be only mindful of the now…. this thought only…this breath…this moment. Take in three very deep breaths and slowly release each one.
At the same time feel each and every concern, each and every problem, and each and every unresolved moment, begin to dissolve. You can deal with them at a later time. For now, you are only to be in this very moment.
Now go to your inner quiet place. Go deep inside to a place where you feel that you are at peace and then just relax and breathe in deeply and enjoy the feeling of being at one and at peace within yourself.
Use this special time and place to be calm. Free your mind and body of all worry, all regret, all disappointment, all anger and grief.
Next, think of an activity, such taking a quick stroll or just getting away from your desk for ten minutes for a beverage then do that one simple thing. All the while, your mind is quiet and calm and you are in your own special place within. For me often the simple act recalling a scene around water is often enough to bring about a certain degree of calm.
Practice this act of quiet and calm each day and you will see that you will accomplish so much more. At the first sign of being stressed, go back to this mindful, quiet place and start all over again until you have reached your inner place of calm.
Diet Nutrition and Rest
The very best thing that you can do for yourself is to eat, drink and rest – to your health!
Stress is easily brought on by not eating and drinking properly. Over the past ten months I changed to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD (http://www.drfuhrman.com) approach to eating. I lost fifty pounds but what surprised me most was the change in mental attitude, reduction in stress and improved mental acuity. I suspect some of the change is a result of a change in self image, but things like improved puzzle solving and the like are probably a result of something deeper.
When you don’t get the number of hours of sleep that you need each night, you are only setting yourself up for additional stress. As an aside to this, if you struggle with weight the evidence is fairly clear that if you do not get enough sleep you will eat more.
Limit the amount of salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol (this almost sounds contradictory when I am also thespeakingsommelier.com) 😉 in your diet. Drink plenty of clean, pure water each day and do at least moderate exercise each day.
You can take control today!
Isolate only one particular stressor in your life and then work on it until you regain control. At the very least, have some new hope!
Please post to the blog to tell us how that worked out.