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7 Secrets To Overcome Your Stress

Aug 17, 2007
Stress has been attributed to one of the greatest causes of premature aging. Indeed if you are someone who has a nagging stress or irritation about the same thing day after day that will actually cause a greater strain on your overall health and aging then if you were to jump out of a plane at 14,000 ft with a
parachute.

So it is critical that if you are stressed that you find ways to reduce or eliminate it from your life. Now I know that sometimes we are going through one of those seasons of our lives where we external circumstances has added stress and problems to our lives. That doesn't excuse you for allowing yourself to remain stressed and irritated, after all we all have free will and the ability to choose our emotions.

Here are 7 powerful secrets on helping you overcome stress.

1. Get physical. We all know that when we are stressed we are actually putting a burden on our physical bodies as how we feel emotionally tends to also be represented in our physiology. So a great reliever of stress is to get out and do something physical like go to the gym or go for a job. The bonus is that this will not only take your mind of your stress, build up your cardiovascular system to better be able to withstand your stress on the body but it will also help to channel your stress and irritations on something physical.

2. Find a friend. Often times when we are stressed and irritated we just need a gentle ear to listen to. By voicing our feelings and what has caused us to be stressed we can become better aware at the cause of the stress and it may prove to show how insignificant it is or how over reacted we are to the situation.

3. Put things in perspective. We become frustrated, stressed and irritated with things or circumstances when they don't meet our expectation. I mean if it met you expectation then why would you be frustrated. So in other words because you had a different expectation than what was ultimately produced you got irritated or frustrated. The interesting thing about frustration and irritation is that, we only get that way if we think that the matter is within our control to change but we haven't been able to do it. I mean if you saw a ball drop from a building you wouldn't get frustrated at the ball because you cant change gravity and its role in bringing the ball to the ground.

4. It's all small stuff anyway. It's funny how quick we are to get our emotions revved up when we get cut off from our lane, or find a queue the length of a football field when we just happen to be in a hurry. While we may not be able to change any of these from happening to us we need to realize that its really only small stuff in the bigger scheme of your life. I mean if you are not even going to remember the event or situation in a years time than why get so worked up over it now. If only you realize that most things you stress over is small stuff anyways then you will find that you have a greater appreciation of what you have in life.

5. Live with gratitude. Your emotions and thoughts will always be reflected in the word and circumstances you create in your life. If you have an inner turmoil within then it's no wonder that your world is stressed and messed up. If you stop to realize how grateful the things you have in your life are then the small stresses that come your way will no longer have as much impact on your life. Be grateful for your health, your family and friends, the things that you have and the experiences you have had a chance to enjoy; good and bad. Start your day with a sense of gratitude and you'll be amazed at how your life changes.

6. Change is a part of life. The reason we can get stressed is that we feel a loss of control over our lives. We want things to be predictable and have a sense of certainty over our lives. But what a boring life that would be. If you knew exactly how your life will pan out over the next decade then what's the point of living. Embrace uncertainly, change and the spice of life. Learn to relax and go with the flow at what life tosses you and you'll actually enjoy the ride a lot more.

7. Get over yourself. Last but not least you need to realize the world doesn't gravitate around you. As hard as that might seem for most people, it's true. The world gravitates around the sun. The sooner you realize this the better it will be for you to manage your stress. So the next time someone takes too long to take your order at the restaurant or when someone misses their deadline for something important that you've been waiting for just realize that they too have they own agenda, goals and they don't necessarily align with yours. Live with it.

Dealing with stress is not as difficult as you might think. By implementing the above ideas you will find that you will actually enjoy life more and become more conscious of the life you are living. What have you got to lose.
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