The signs of stress aren’t always obvious, but the effects can manifest themselves into your day-to-day life or in your own body.

The good news is, you don’t have to tolerate stress. We’re responsible for allowing stress to enter our lives, so if we can let it in, we also have the power to let it back out. By taking small steps and changing your habits you can achieve this. These are not radical changes. Implementing minor but important lifestyle changes can create fundamental and powerful shifts in helping you cope with stress.

Here are five smart ways:

1) Breathe

This may seem obvious, but breathing is something most of us fail to do. The subconscious mind controls our breathing patterns, so for the best part of the day, we are unaware of whether we’re doing it correctly or not. Image result for breatheMost people have shallow breaths from their chest, whereas using your belly and taking deeper breaths will help to relax you. One way to do this is by placing a hand on your chest and the other hand on your belly. Take a deep breath. If your belly rises, you’re breathing correctly. If your chest rises, try practicing until you’re using your belly. The benefits of breathing properly are profound and also a great tool to increase concentration. Everyone has stressful elements in their life, but that shouldn’t stop you from achieving your vision.

2) Rest

Stress can cause sleepless nights, full of worry. Without adequate rest, your health can spiral radically downwards.  Related imageFeeling constantly tired, due to a lack of quality sleep, can have a significant impact in other areas of your life. From becoming irritable at home to being unfocused at work. Use the breathing exercises to help relax you before going to bed and sleep for as long as your body needs. Reduce the time spent watching TV in the evenings. In order to perform well, get to bed earlier – your physical and mental well-being need to be in sync and recharge.

3) Meditate

Meditation relaxes the mind and body, and brings you into the present moment. Image result for meditateIf you are spiritually inclined, it also teaches you that the soul and body are two separate entities. The body will perish one day, but the soul is eternal. If you’re not spiritually inclined, meditation is still a superb method of reducing stress, inducing calmness and regaining a greater sense of perspective. Meditation also increases your awareness and teaches you to live as your true, genuine self, instead of how you perceive everybody else thinks you should live.

During meditation, you’ll visualize and receive many subliminal messages that will act as your guide. When you become proficient enough, you’ll be able to analyze these messages, allowing you to decipher the useful from the pointless in your life.

4) ExerciseImage result for exercise

The body needs daily exercise, so whether you go for a brisk walk, practice yoga or do jumping jacks, you’ll feel energized, invigorated and will release endorphins. Your body is the vehicle you’ll use for the rest of your life, so it makes sense to treat it well and to keep it in shape.

5) Positive thinking

Things don’t always go to plan in life, but don’t worry – you’re not alone in that respect. The important thing is to remember, Image result for positive thinking it’s how you handle a setback that sets you apart. Have a positive attitude. Self-procrastination only compounds stress. Unfortunately, we all encounter people who speak down to us or mistreat us in our lives. Does it make sense to do it to yourself as well?

As you learn to control your breathing and practice meditation, you’ll recognize the negative thought patterns you’re having. When you do recognize them, eliminate them and replace them with empowering, positive words with images of support and encouragement. What stops us from improving the quality of our lives is our own limiting belief that we can’t do it. Be courageous and soon you will see how great you start feeling. Just a few small changes to your daily routine will improve your life.

Want to know more?

Speaking to a life coach can support and help you work on reducing the stresses in your life, but they will also help you achieve your own personal goals.

Author: Nuno Leitao

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