I have decided to do a STRESS FREE Christmas LUNCH on the BEACH. It’s a dream of myne for many years. And 20 family members have already decided to join me. What are you doing this Christmas and New Year? Take some time to celebrate you….you deserve it.
So How do you Get Through Stress This Christmas?… Remember only YOU do stress
Holiday Eating/Drinking Habits Can Create Stress and therefore Heart Concerns
When we are out or away on holidays with our families or friends, we tend to be a little more relaxed about what we eat and drink. It may be worth taking magnesium and Coenzyme Q10 on your next holiday, because new research shows they are one of the nutrients we need the most. It is used to maintain heart health, promote healthy cholesterol levels, boost cellular energy, and fight free-radical production.
7 Strategies to Cope With and Handle Stress
- The first step to Changing this STRESS Scenario is to recognize that stress does negatively impact the health of your body. Short-term stress is recoverable; however, prolonged or severe stress elicits many responses that ultimately diminish your capacity to recover and restore proper function.
- At least 45 minutes of moderate exercise daily. Research confirms that regular moderate exercise enhances immune function and protects against cancer and heart disease, while also being an effective way to relieve stress.
- A great night’s sleep of 7 to 9 hours per night.
- Good quality protein with every meal, plus whole grains, lentils, fruits and vegetables, and herbal teas will actually calm the body and the brain.
- 8 to 10 glasses of filtered or pure water every day.
- Avoid junk food and stimulants, such as sugary foods, caffeine, chocolate, and alcohol.
- Take great nutritionals, such as fish oils, vitamins, and minerals to strengthen nerves.
AND REMEMBER … ONLY YOU DO STRESS … no-one can do it for you. YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOU. Discover the triggers of your stress. Ask yourself: “What do I want instead? How do I get it, what do I need to do and/or learn in order to achieve it.” If you tackle your problems this way, you won’t do stress.
So, it might be wise to create a SEVEN STEP De-Stressing Plan, so you can live the rest of your life with a full tank of energy and enthusiasm.
- The first step is to identify which jobs, people, and events you currently perceive as being stressful. You then need to put them in order of priority, from the most stressful to the least.
- Next, you need to identify which stress management techniques work best for you. You should include in this list all foods, nutritional supplements, herbal teas and water that naturally calm the body and mind.
- Based on your sources of stress and your stress management techniques, write down what you intend to do to manage each of the stressors in your life.
- Resolve to accept the things that are beyond your control … let them go.
- Finalize things that you must complete, so they can be taken off your list.
- Set GOALS for the months or year ahead, including physical, mental, emotional, financial and spiritual goals. Write them down and include the actions required for you to achieve them.
- Every month ask yourself, “What is Working?” and “What is NOT Working?” Then change, delete, or outsource whatever is NOT working. Re-set your goals every month. This keeps you positive, purposeful, and stress-free.
“We cannot solve our current problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” Albert Einstein
How to Release Stress or Anxiety
What you stress about tends to be projected into the future. We imagine a huge picture of stress, but we really have only about 5% of that picture. We can create a false reality anytime we want, with our intellectual factor called imagination. So let’s look at one way of possibly alleviating it:
ACTION STEP 1 – UNDERSTAND WHERE ANXIETY OR STRESS COMES FROM
0 to 7 years of age imprinted by parents/grandparents/siblings/caretakers etc. Were any of these people feeling anxious about raising you, or dealing with other issues in their life? We are like a sponge at this age, and absorb all behavior as the truth. We only have a subconscious mind here, until we begin to think and develop our consciousness, and question why we do what we do.
“Man is mind and evermore he takes
the tools of thought, and shaping what he wills,
brings forth a thousand joys or a thousand ills.
He thinks in Secret and it comes to pass.
Environment is but a looking glass.”
– William James
All information comes to us through our senses: Sight, Hearing, Taste, Touch, and Smell.
ACTION STEP 3 – PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION on RELEASING ANXIETY
- Analyze the Anxiety…what are you anxious about? What does it look like?
- Visualize the Desired Outcome….What do you want instead? What is the outcome you want?
- Step into the Desired Outcome…Step forward into the picture of what you want instead. The subconscious mind knows no difference between what is real and what is imagined. See yourself happy and ask yourself “What do I have to do to create that happiness”? Then take that action….no more anxiety or stress now because you know what to do.
ACTION STEP 4 – ANCHORING POSITIVE STATES
What is anchoring? “Any time a person is in an associated, intense state, if at the peak of that experience, a specific stimulus is applied, then the two will be linked neurologically” Tad James, NLP Practitioner
So, you need to recall an experience that is either: happy, exciting, positive, motivating, inspiring, confident, successful, or energetic, etc., and take yourself back to that time. When you are at the peak of that feeling you need to “anchor” it onto an area of your body (like a knuckle) that you can press anytime you want to relive that experience, or change your present state into a happier state.
You can stack as many as you like onto that same knuckle or onto some other place, so you get an intense state.
You can test it to see if it is intense enough for you to change your state when required.
Remember that we learn through our senses, so take yourself back to a time when you were happy, and re-see what you saw, re-hear what you heard, and re-feel the feeling that you had at that time. Anchor at the peak of those experiences, only.
This skill is taught fully in the NLP Practitioner Certification program.
We Are In Control
We choose to be anxious and be stressed
We choose to let it go and be well